"TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”
– Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016
Our cutting-edge bachelor's degree in commercial music is designed to prepare students for a future in entrepreneurial music, either as a professional performer, writer, producer or engineer or working behind the scenes in the multifaceted and growing music business.
Commercial Music study is based largely on a praxial philosophy, allowing students to gain an understanding of popular music styles primarily through practical music-making, rather than through a more theoretical or musicological study. If fits squarely with a professional approach to music education.
Tiffin University offers a wide variety of commercial music performing opportunities, from a cappella groups and cover bands to a hip hop collective and a songwriting ensemble. These groups perform and record extensively, giving students valuable real-world experience.
The Performing Arts Lab
TU’s Performing Arts Lab (The PAL) features a professional recording studio, keyboard and production lab, as well as large rehearsal spaces for TU bands, choirs, dance teams and commercial ensembles. With over 14,000 square feet of studio, rehearsal, teaching and practice space, the PAL serves the 200 TU students involved in our 20+ extracurricular music ensembles and our cutting-edge commercial music degrees.
ENG152 Technical Writing 3 hours
DMD134 Introduction to Digital Media 3 hours
DMD230 Digital Video I 3 hours
COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication 3 hours
COM324 Communicating Across Cultures 3 hours
SAS470 Internship 3 hours
Total 18 hours
MUS100 Music Convocation 0 hours
MUS105 Musician Success Seminar 1 hour
MUS115 Private Music Instruction-Primary 1 hour
MUS116 Private Music Instruction-Primary 1 hour
MUS121 Musicianship I – Lecture 3 hours
MUS121L Musicianship I – Lab 1 hour
MUS130 Introduction to Music Technology 3 hours
MUS215 Private Music Instruction – Primary 1 hour
MUS216 Private Music Instruction – Primary 1 hour
MUS221 Musicianship II – Lecture 3 hours
MUS221L Musicianship II – Lab 1 hour
MUS230 Live Sound Engineering 3 hours
MUS240 Rhythm Section I 3 hours
MUS299 Second-Year Project 1 hour
MUS360 Survey of Music Business 3 hours
MUS330 Recording Engineering 3 hours
MUS340 Rhythm Section II 3 hours
MUS420 Music Publishing 3 hours
MUS499 Senior Project 3 hours
Total 38 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August
Students may pair the commercial music major with one of two professional music concentrations:
Or students can build a custom secondary area of study that supports their own unique career goals. These might include business management, marketing, or digital media and design.
Songwriting (MUS422) - Students will compose and perform their own songs in class as well as engage in analysis projects constructed to reinforce the variety of approaches and technique of song craft. Structural and creative aspects of commercial songwriting will be examined, including lyrics, melody, form, and general song craft. The class will also assist the student in discovering a personal style as a songwriter and in developing a personal song portfolio.
Music Publishing (MUS360) - This course provides a detailed analysis of the music publishing business, and the role of the publisher in the acquisition, market development, and administration of copyrighted musical compositions. Topics include copyright registration and renewal, contractual relationships with composers, and an analysis of licensing of the publisher's catalog through recordings, video and film, print, and performance rights.
Electronic Music Production (MUS 338) - Analyzing and composing in a variety of electronic music styles, students gain an understanding of many aspects of contemporary electronic music, including beats, harmony, bass lines, groove, melodies, synthesis, sampling, MIDI creation and editing, effects processing, sound design, performance and mixing.
This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …