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Recording Industry, Commercial Songwriting Concentration, B.S.

The Commercial Songwriting Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Recording Industry is offered through the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU. Students must choose between the Commercial Songwriting Concentration and the Music Business Concentration.
Music is an important part of life, and for many, music means songs — a magic combination of lyrics and melody that makes a difference ranging from lifting a mood to driving a movement. Located only a few miles from Nashville, the nation's songwriting mecca, MTSU offers students exceptional opportunities through its Commercial Songwriting program in Recording Industry. With talented faculty members who have ties to all parts of the industry and the founding college chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), students enter a crowded field with valuable advantages. Among award winners who had their start at MTSU are Luke Laird, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, and Tim McGraw; HunterGirl of American Idol fame, Rufio Hooks, the writer of Billboard 5-week #1 "Butter" by K-pop supergroup BTS; Aaron Raitiere whose songs have been recorded by Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, and Robert Randolph; Amy Lee the songwriting and singing powerhouse for multi-platinum alternative rock band Evanescence; and country music superstar Hardy whose songs have been recorded by Florida-Georgia Line, Morgan Wallen, and Blake Shelton. The Commercial Songwriting concentration offers instruction designed for students who are interested in a career in the music industry such as arranger, artist, musician, producer, singer, songwriter, A&R executive, Music Supervisor, and publisher . The Recording Industry Department offers faculty-led tours every Friday at 1:00 p.m., during the Fall and Spring terms. During the summer term, tours are scheduled by appointment. To schedule a tour email: [email protected]

If you live in one of these states: AR GA KY LA MD MS OK SC VA WV; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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Grammy winner, alum returns as professor with all the beats

From Grammy Award winner to adjunct professor — Torrance "Street Symphony" Esmond shares his experience and skills with students. After graduating in 2003, Street Symphony found himself back on MTSU's campus 16 years later teaching a Hip Hop and R&B songwriting class. "Mentorship is and always has been important to me. I felt it was time to come back and share my knowledge, skills, and experience with students with the intent to help advance their careers," he says. The Grammy winner, who has worked with artists like Yo Gotti, G-Easy and 2 Chainz, adds it's an "honor" to come back and teach at the school and program that has been incredibly supportive of his career.

Commercial songwriting students learn from world-renowned artists

Students in MTSU's Commercial Songwriting program continue to learn from the best in the business! Singer, guitarist for Prince, and founding member of The Revolution are just a few of the highlights on Dez Dickerson's resume. Now, he's teaching Performance Skills in MTSU's College of Media and Entertainment. Grammy-nominated and No. 1 hit songwriter Shelly Peiken is in the classroom teaching a pop/rock songwriting workshop. Known for her songs like Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants" and "I'm a Mess" by Bebe Rexha, she is also the founding board member of Songwriters of North America and the author of "Confessions of a Serial Songwriter." Doug DeAngelis, a multi-platinum engineer and producer with more than 30 Billboard Magazine No. 1 singles and original work in shows like "90210," "Catfish: The TV Show," "Celebrity Fit Club," and "Flip or Flop," among others, is teaching Songwriting for Film, TV, and Gaming.

News Briefs

Grammy winner, alum returns as professor with all the beats

From Grammy Award winner to adjunct professor — Torrance "Street Symphony" Esmond shares his experience and skills with students. After graduating in 2003, Street Symphony found himself back on MTSU's campus 16 years later teaching a Hip Hop and R&B songwriting class. "Mentorship is and always has been important to me. I felt it was time to come back and share my knowledge, skills, and experience with students with the intent to help advance their careers," he says. The Grammy winner, who has worked with artists like Yo Gotti, G-Easy and 2 Chainz, adds it's an "honor" to come back and teach at the school and program that has been incredibly supportive of his career.

Commercial songwriting students learn from world-renowned artists

Students in MTSU's Commercial Songwriting program continue to learn from the best in the business! Singer, guitarist for Prince, and founding member of The Revolution are just a few of the highlights on Dez Dickerson's resume. Now, he's teaching Performance Skills in MTSU's College of Media and Entertainment. Grammy-nominated and No. 1 hit songwriter Shelly Peiken is in the classroom teaching a pop/rock songwriting workshop. Known for her songs like Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants" and "I'm a Mess" by Bebe Rexha, she is also the founding board member of Songwriters of North America and the author of "Confessions of a Serial Songwriter." Doug DeAngelis, a multi-platinum engineer and producer with more than 30 Billboard Magazine No. 1 singles and original work in shows like "90210," "Catfish: The TV Show," "Celebrity Fit Club," and "Flip or Flop," among others, is teaching Songwriting for Film, TV, and Gaming.

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Created with input from music industry professionals and the leading industry associations, MTSU's innovative Recording Industry curriculum is a cutting-edge program that helps blaze a tailor-made path for its students into any of the many rewarding careers of Tennessee's robust music industries. Examples include

  • Arranger
  • Artist
  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Singer
  • Songwriter

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • ASCAP
  • BMG Music Publishing
  • BMI
  • Cal IV Entertainment
  • Creative Nation
  • EMI Music Publishing
  • Universal Music Publishing

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A student majoring in Recording Industry can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of two concentrations: Commercial Songwriting or Music Business.

Also students can major in Audio Production, which leads to a B.S.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Commercial Songwriting students must also minor in one of the following: Music, Entrepreneurship, or Writing.

The department also offers undergraduate minors in Entertainment Technology (an interdisciplinary minor) and Recording Industry (for non-majors). Please click here for more information on Recording Industry minors or contact Matt Foglia at 615-904-8424.

For graduate students, the Department of Recording Industry offers a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Recording Arts and Technologies.

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