CU Denver Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Adapts to How Artists are Exploring Music
Electronic Digital Instrument Curriculum Launched at CU DenverAlice Crogan | College of Arts & Media Nov 13, 2019
What is Electronic Digital Instrument (EDI)?
EDI embraces all types of music made on a laptop, touchscreen, phone, and electronic digital device. Paired with software, such as Ableton Live, a wide range of musical expression can be created by a skilled musician proficient in the technology.
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MEIS, which emphasizes innovation and preparation for trending professions, has recognized the changing industry as an opportunity to offer students the skills they need– and are seeking– to build careers in the modern music industry. Students studying certain academic tracks within Music Business, Music Performance, and Recording Arts, can choose EDI as their primary instrument. Traditionally, primary instruments are more predictable choices—even guitar as an instrument choice sets CU Denver apart as a contemporary program.
“I found that this is what the music students were making in their spare time, but nothing was offered in the classroom that reflected this interest,” says Todd Reid, Jazz, percussion, and EDI musician, CU Denver faculty, and leader of the Mobile Device student ensemble group. “At the same time I started to notice Denver venues promoting this style, so we started to bring the technology into the classroom and campus studios.”
This music making approach is often found in hip-hop, electronic dance music (EDM) and pop. But mastery of the digital device in music is not limited to music performance. The music production software industry is rapidly growing and continuing to offer career opportunities to those who have knowledge of advanced music production technology.
In the first semester offered, nine students have chosen EDI to be their primary instrument. Interest has grown so rapidly that EDI study is likely to double in the next year.
“This is a direction few schools are taking,” says MEIS Chair, Richard Strasser. “But as a department that is recognized as a trailblazer in the music and entertainment industry this is the progressive education that CU Denver embraces.”