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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.
Tiffin University’s commercial music program balances coursework in musicianship, technology and music business, so that students can gain an understanding of popular music styles through practical music-making, writing and production. This program is unique among schools like Tiffin University, which is small enough to give hands-on opportunities that larger schools may not be able to offer.
Students can work on original music and enjoy regular time in TU’s state-of-the-art recording studio. Each semester, they also have the chance to work with a successful professional producer, who spends a week each semester in residence helping students with their studio projects. Tiffin University also regularly hosts music industry professionals who lead discussions about their work and give demonstrations of their craft.
The commercial music degree was designed for students with a variety of backgrounds. Students work both in styles of music in which they have experience, and in a variety of diverse musical styles that will give them a well-rounded base for their careers. All students are required to designate one of these principal performance areas: voice, piano, bass, guitar, drums, beatmaking or songwriting.
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.
Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 18 hours
- ENG152 Technical Writing
- DMD134 Introduction to Digital Media
- DMD230 Digital Video I
- COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
- COM324 Communicating Across Cultures
- SAS470 Internship
B.A. Commercial Music (38 credit hours: 23 lower-level, 15 upper-level)
- MUS100 Music Convocation
- MUS105 Musician Success Seminar
- MUS115 Private Music Instruction – Primary
- MUS116 Private Music Instruction – Primary
- MUS121 Musicianship I – Lecture
- MUS121L Musicianship I – Lab
- MUS130 Introduction to Music Technology
- MUS215 Private Music Instruction – Primary
- MUS216 Private Music Instruction – Primary
- MUS221 Musicianship II – Lecture
- MUS221L Musicianship II – Lab
- MUS230 Live Sound Engineering
- MUS240 Rhythm Section I
- MUS299 Second-Year Project
- MUS360 Survey of Music Business
- MUS330 Recording Engineering
- MUS340 Rhythm Section II
- MUS420 Music Publishing
- MUS499 Senior Project
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:
- Concentration in Performance & Entrepreneurship - allows students to develop advanced skills in support of a career professional performing or writing career, or for building their own independent music business
- Concentration in Production & Engineering - allows future studio producers to focus on the technology that is at the heart of so much of today’s music industry
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.
- A&R Professional
- ADR Recordist
- Artist Manager
- Artist Relations Manager
- Audio Director
- Backup Vocalist
- Booking Manager
- Church Musician
- Composer (Film & TV)
- Composer (Gaming)
- Cover Band Musician
- Creative Entrepreneur
- Cruise Ship Musician
- Foley Artist
- Freelance Musician
- Independent Artist
- Live Sound Engineer
- Mastering Engineer
- Military Musician
- Music Director (TV)
- Music Editor
- Music Librarian
- Music Supervisor
- Orchestrator (Film & TV)
- Private Instructor
- Record Producer
- Recording Engineer
- Sound Designer
- Sound Editor
- Studio Manager
- Studio Musician
- Tour Manager
This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …
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