I knew Tiffin University was the place for me the second I stepped foot on campus. I toured a handful of other universities offering similar programs, but TU was the only school that truly made me feel at home.
-Caleb Reynolds '15
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.
B.A. Commercial Music (38 credit hours: 23 lower-level, 15 upper-level)
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 …