Higher Ed Programs

This list is focused on popular and commercial music programs (not jazz) that include…

  • popular/commercial music voice lessons
  • popular/commercial music music ensembles
  • songwriting and production
  • music business
  • music technology

We don’t include programs that are basically jazz, musical theatre, or classical programs that have just tacked on a few extra classes.

If you have information on a program we’ve omitted that should be listed, or if you feel that a program you see here should no longer be listed, please contact us at hello@truecolorsvoiceandartist.com.

Artist Development


Azusa Pacific University, BM in Commercial Music

California Baptist University, BM in Commercial Performance

California Institute of the Arts, BFA, MFA, DMA in Performer-Composer

Cal State LA, BM, MM in Commercial Music

Concordia University, BA in Music, Commercial Music Concentration

Musicians Institute, Multiple certificates/degrees in Independent Artist, Multiple certificates/degrees in Vocals

University of Southern California – Thornton, BM in Popular Music


University of Colorado – Denver, BS in Commercial Voice


University of Miami, BM in Musicianship, Artistry Development, and Entrepreneurship (MADE), BM or MM in Music Business & Entertainment, Commercial Voice track, Minor in Creative American Music


Columbia College – Chicago, BM in Contemporary Urban and Popular Music

Greenville College, BA in Commercial Music, emphasis in performance

Millikin University, BM in Commercial Music


The School for Music Vocations, Associate of Applied Arts in Professional Music


Berklee, BM in Performance, BM in Professional Music

New Mexico

Santa Fe University of Art and Design, BA in Contemporary Music

New York

The New School, BFA in Jazz and Contemporary Music

New York University, BFA in Recorded Music, Clive Davis Institute

North Carolina

Catawba College, BA in Music with a concentration in Popular Music

Elon University, BS in Music Production and Recording Arts


Tiffin University, BA in Commercial Music, Concentration in Performance & Entrepreneurship


University of Central Oklahoma, AAS in Contemporary Music

South Carolina

Francis Marion University, BS in Music Industry, Performance Track

University of South Carolina, Minor in Commercial Music


Belmont University, BM and MM in Commercial Music

Commercial Music Center, Artist Track, 1 semester of study

Lipscomb University, BM, BA, Minor in Commercial Music

Tennessee State University, BM in Music with concentration in Commercial Music


University of Texas – El Paso, BM in Commercial Music


Brigham Young University, BM in Commercial Music

Utah Valley University, BM in Commercial Music


Liberty University, BM in Artist Development

Shenandoah University, BA in Contemporary Musicianship and Entrepreneur Development, MM in CCM Voice Pedagogy


Western Wyoming Community College, AA in Popular Music, Voice



University of Colorado – Denver, BS in Songwriting


Greenville College, BA in Commercial Music, emphasis in songwriting


The School for Music Vocations, Associate of Applied Arts in Professional Music, emphasis in songwriting


Berklee, BM in Songwriting


Webster University, BM in Songwriting

New York

NYU – Steinhardt, BM in Songwriting

SUNY – Purchase, BM in Studio Composition


Tiffin University, BA in Commercial Music, Concentration in Songwriting


Middle Tennessee State University, Commercial Songwriting