School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Students in a classroom with drum sets.


Oakland University and the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME Detroit) have partnered to provide Bachelor of Arts degrees in music performance, songwriting, music production and music industry studies to students wanting to study and pursue a career in commercial music.

DIME DETROIT is an institute custom-built for serious musicians who desire a long-term, professional career in today’s music industry. The courses are designed to build strong musical foundations which allow students to seize opportunities for long and sustainable careers.

DIME’s unique approach to teaching music incorporates measures of success that are different to other music schools. All of our high-level courses are for musicians, songwriters and entrepreneurs who wish to excel and maximize their musical ability while learning how the music business works from current industry professionals.

At DIME, we never forget the importance of earning a living from music. Navigating your way around the music industry is a complicated business and learning from experience is the best way. DIME’s founders and instructors have that experience. You will discover how to build your musical career from people who have enjoyed sustained success.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees offered at DIME Detroit and DIME Online:

  • Commercial Music Performance (guitar, bass, drums and vocals)
  • Commercial Songwriting
  • Music Industry Studies
  • DIME Online: a complete online music degree

DIME music courses are offered at the downtown Detroit campus located at 1265 Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226.

DIME has been featured in leading music industry magazine, Billboard, as Top Music Business Schools in 2019 and 2020.

DIME also has relationships in the City of Detroit with:



  • Assemble Sounds
  • Crofoot Pontiac
  • D’addario
  • Vintage King
  • Fillmore Theatre
  • MeanRed
  • Paxahau
  • Zamora 

DIME at Oakland University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

DIME is hosting the APME Annual Conference in 2022 -  This event will include presentations and discussions regarding Quality and Learning in Music, NASM and Innovation within learning.