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DIME ONLINE has partnered with Falmouth University to offer a unique music education experience. Our degree courses are for committed musicians and enterprising individuals who wish to excel in the professional music industry, whilst giving them the freedom to choose where and when to study.

Innovative content and superb online resources are supported by a team of professional musicians and industry experts who have worked hard to develop and maintain a position at the forefront of the digital music scene. From week to week - through forums, tutorials, and master-classes - our team will coach and guide you to achieve the highest standards in all aspects of your performance, songwriting or music entrepreneurship.

Like you, our teaching staff expect the freedom to work in a way that affords flexibility and self-direction so that they can fit in their professional commitments and bring you the most current methods and techniques, relevant to your study.

Throughout your degree you are a welcomed member of one of the UK's leading specialist arts institutions, Falmouth University. Falmouth has a long established reputation for delivering forward thinking, practice-based courses; the institution's highly regarded expertise in the creative disciplines has informed, and will continue to enhance, the design and development of the courses here at DIME ONLINE.

DIME ONLINE and Falmouth University bring you advanced online provision, designed and developed with you and your lifestyle in mind.

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DIME ONLINE is currently offering three BA (Hons) Degree courses, in partnership with

BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance
Pursuing excellence in:
Guitar, Drums

Our BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance offers you the opportunity to study musicianship, honing your technical skills and situating within a professional context and will assist you in the development of your own style. A range of vastly experienced industry experts will guide students, via online lessons, in the acquisition of an authoritative sound and style, and how to apply these skills creatively into a wider musical context. Students will be playing their instrument for the majority of this course and will perform continuously and reflect critically on their progress. You will receiving specialist support from DIME ONLINE’s world-class faculty. Collaborative work with other musicians through the DIME ONLINE online community will be encouraged.

JTC - Guitar

The JTC degree has been developed with the technical guitar player in mind, and is focused on the development of high-end musicianship. A commitment to redefining the boundaries of the electric guitar is central to our teaching and learning. Contributing guest tutors from Jam Track Central will reinforce your studies with video demonstrations featuring the likes of Martin Miller, Marco Sfogli, Sergey Golovin, Jack Thammarat and Jake Willson amongst others. Martin Goulding is Head of Course and has written the outstanding Technical Development & Improvisation Modules, which are designed to give you an in depth knowledge and guide you to becoming a top-level player with an expansive versatility.

BA (Hons) Creative Songwriting

This programme examines the art and craft of songwriting and demystifies it under the guidance of today’s highly successful commercial songwriters. In addition to providing guidance on areas such as lyric writing, top line melody, songwriting methodology and arrangement, students will understand the role of the songwriter in the wider industry and will construct a diverse portfolio of work that is typified by its creativity and industry relevance. Songwriters on the course will be encouraged to collaborate with other writers and musicians through the DIME ONLINE online community.

BA (Hons) Music Entrepreneurship

The BA (Hons) Music Entrepreneurship programme equips the aspiring music entrepreneur with the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in the fast-changing landscape of the music industry. Under the guidance of today’s working professionals, the programme provides students with essential information on the functionality of the industry and how to create and exploit multiple income streams for both the new and established artist. Project-based work will allow students to engage directly with the wider industry and provide a solid foundation for future entrepreneurial practice. Collaborations are encouraged with the DIME ONLINE online community of musicians.

For Module information please click on pdf links above.

Can I view sample lessons?

Yes, there are a number of sample modules to view in each discipline. It’s completely free to view these samples just head on over to the sample lessons section of the site to find out how to gain access.

Remember the DIME team is available to answer any questions you may have about your study. They are able to advise you on the benefits of online learning and how the courses are tailored to give you the skills you need for your career. Simply scroll to the contact section where you can get in touch via email or arrange a Skype conversation at a time that suits you.

While you are at it, you can also request a prospectus to receive in depth information about courses in your chosen discipline.

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As a DIME ONLINE student you will receive your lectures online through a delivery platform called Canvas. It's really easy to use and your lectures consist of written text and video. The content is carefully devised by the Head of Department and the DIME ONLINE team. Your Head of Department or Module Leader will guide you through the lesson.

The lecture is always underpinned by an important concept or technical information, such as scales and exercises for the performing musician. This is then discussed and demonstrated by various experts who have been interviewed and filmed especially for that particular lecture.

You will use your inspiration to complete tasks and exercises that you can apply to your own professional situation. These weekly tasks may not be directly assessed, but all will underpin the learning you need to pass the course.

You can upload your work onto Canvas in the form of video, audio and text and you will get regular feedback on your progress. You will also be able to work collaboratively with the other musicians on the course and many creative partnerships will be forged through this.


Will my qualification be university accredited?

Your BA (Hons) Degree is offered in partnership with Falmouth University, the UK’s leading University of the Arts.

Falmouth University is a specialist creative multi-arts institution with a heritage spanning more than 100 years. Falmouth is dedicated to redefining creative education. Students push the limits of excellence and self-expression, and explore the convergence of technology and the arts.

How does it work?

You will learn using the most technically advanced interactive website in music education, coupled with one-to-one guidance. The technology has been developed in collaboration with Falmouth University, a leader in innovative higher education. You will have online access to Your Studio where you will follow weekly lessons and activities and upload to your personal online space. Your Studio is the window into degree life, community and learning.

Who will be teaching me?

All the courses have been developed and written by working music professionals. The team has had 17 years experience in music education and many more in the music industry. Check out the tutor section and see who has developed your course.

Will I be able to get support online?

At anytime you will be able to email your tutor, student support or any team member, for any reason. The DIME ONLINE team is here to support you and ensure you are getting the most from your course. We communicate through email, phone or Skype.

How will I be supported?

Your Head of Department will be in weekly contact with you, as well as the Head of Education, Mike Sturgis. Both will provide one-to-one guidance throughout the course through phone, Skype and email.

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer is between 260 and 300 UCAS points, mainly from the A2 level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. Due to the creative nature of the courses, applicants will be considered on individual merit and should contact DIME ONLINE if they are predicted to have obtained UCAS points outside of this range. If English is not your first language you will also be required to have an IELTS score of 6.0 points, or equivalent English language test, completed within the last two years.

Applicants aiming to specialise in performance should normally be able to perform to a semi professional level.

DIME ONLINE will consider individuals who have playing and work experience, but have not achieved the full level of credit. This process is called APEL (accreditation of prior experience and learning), this will be assessed on an individual basis.

Can this qualification help me plan my own career as a musician?

Yes, everyone involved in the delivery of this programme is a professional working musician. We will discuss how we make a living and get paid for playing and working. We are a community of musicians and music professionals who do not compromise musical standards for commercial success. Music comes first.

How do I apply?

Please fill out the course prospectus form. We will then send you an application pack which outlines the process; it includes emailing a filmed performance of yourself playing (performance course only), a 500-word written statement and information on your qualifications including those that are not music related.

You will be offered a phone or Skype interview with one of our tutors, and will be informed within five working days if you have been successful and will be offered a place.

How much is it and is there any help with the cost?

DIME ONLINE is committed to the highest academic standards but also affordable Higher Education. All courses are eligible for student loans*. We will help you though the application process.

Studying online with DIME ONLINE = affordable fees with high one-to-one student care.

Click here to read DIME ONLINE’s full Student Finance Policy.

Please find course pricing information below:

DIME ONLINE COURSES 2 Year (full-time) 4 Year (part-time)
BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance
Guitar, Drums
£4,500 per year £3,500 per year
BA (Hons) Creative Music Performance
JTC Guitar Degree
£4,620 per year £3,620 per year
BA (Hons) Creative Songwriting £4,500 per year £3,500 per year
BA (Hons) Music Entrepreneurship £4,500 per year £3,500 per year

*UK/EU students are likely to be eligible for student loans for tuition fees through Student Finance England (though not for maintenance loans/grants due to the distance learning nature of the courses). Please note funding from Student Finance England will be subject to their eligibility criteria, for further details visit https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies.

What gear/equipment do I need to do this course?

You will need your own computer – Mac or PC, with internet access. Your computer should have a built-in camera, so filming yourself playing using the internal mic is acceptable, although you may achieve better results using an audio interface. Filming is an essential part of the course. Other software should include: Microsoft Office, Pages or equivalent, Garageband, Logic Pro or equivalent recording software.

If you are on the guitar program, one electric and one acoustic guitar is preferable. You will also require a valve amp, guitar cables and plectrums – and always have a spare set of strings!


Fill out this contact form and request a prospectus. We will then send you course information and Skype or telephone you to discuss your requirements and how this course could be right for you. So long as you can access the Canvas site and resources (which will include https sites and live streaming) you can study on this programme anywhere in the world and be part of the new online music education community. There are no limits and no restrictions.




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Nathan Watts Nate Watts, musical director and bass player for Stevie Wonder, visited DIME Detroit today ahead of Stevie’s show in Auburn Hills on Thursday.

Touring ‘Songs in the Key of Life’, Nate Watts, and fellow band members Ed Brown, Errol Cooney, Stanley Randolph, Ryan Kilgore & Dwight Adams spent 3 hours with DIME Detroit Students, discussing the opportunities for musicians in today’s music industry.

All the students got a chance to play a variety of Stevie songs, including ‘Do I Do’, ‘Master Blaster’ and ‘Sir Duke’. The bands answered exclusive questions for DIME ONLINE students too!

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07 November 2014

DIME ONLINE is auditioning drummers to start on the BA Hons Creative Music Performance in January 2015.

Like the rest of its provision, DIME ONLINE’s course for professional drum musicianship will be delivered entirely through the virtual learning environment, and will feature cutting edge lesson content in the form of video, notation, graphics, audio and text. In addition to 24/7 access to their course material, students will be supported in their studies by a world-class teaching faculty.

DIME drum tutors include Mark Richardson (Feeder, Skunk Anasie) who says “ One of the great things about the DIME ONLINE system is how it connects with young people in the way they connect with each other. They’re studying a degree in the same way they normally connect with each other, and I think that’s one of the biggest advantages of it.”

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27 October 2014

If you are thinking about learning on a DIME ONLINE course, and would like to see how it works, please sign up to the Access All Areas section on the website and view the available sample courses.

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Jam Track Central Announces New Website

18 August 2014

Jam Track Central, home of the ultimate backing tracks and multimedia products for guitarists, is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website. JTC invites guitarists everywhere to come and explore a host of great new features with improved layout and navigation.

The new Jam Track Central website is designed to enhance the user’s learning experience significantly. The Premium Membership option gives full access to a huge library of content via a platform focused on ease of use.

If you choose to study with DIME ONLINE on the JTC Degree, you will automatically become a member of jamtrackcentral.com! Sign up at www.dime-online.org

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