What if you could get an education
which cost you less and prepared you more?
You can.


GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT RATE = 100%

  • percentage of students who are employed in-field within 6 months of graduating the program

STUDENT RETENTION RATE = 97%

  • percentage of students who return from year 1 to start year 2

STUDENT SATISFACTION RATE = 90%

  • percentage of students who state they are "extremely satisfied" with their overall GROOVE U experience

ON-TIME GRADUATION RATE = 72%

  • percentage of students who start the program and complete it within 2 years

Quick Stats*

* Based upon 2015-2016 ACICS Campus Accountability Report formulas
I honestly owe GROOVE U my life. Without it, I’d be years behind where I am today. Amazing investment. It is without a doubt the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and I mean that 110%. It’s an amazing program with an even more amazing faculty.
— Garet Speakman, GROOVE U Class of 2015

GROOVE U student Joel Blaeser setting-up live sound for our student-run Plugged In outdoor festival. Photo by GROOVE U student Jared Sawaya.

GROOVE U student Joel Blaeser setting-up live sound for our student-run Plugged In outdoor festival.
Photo by GROOVE U student Jared Sawaya.

ESSAY PAPERS DON’T PAY BILLs

WE GET IT

Walk into any traditional college classroom.
Have a seat.
Listen.

Q: How many times does the word “career” enter the classroom discussion?
A: Zero.
Q: Are the students listening to the instructor relate real world experience?
A: No.
Q: Is the instructor demonstrating how a concept works and then supervising the students as they try that concept for themselves?
A: No.
Q: When the lecture is over, is the homework ,“Now, go do what we just learned”?
A: No

When the class session is over, ask any student,

How did what you just experienced prepare you for your intended career?

The answer you receive will likely be a blank stare, perhaps a shrug, or most commonly an, 

“I don’t really know...”

This is the disconnect; let's reconnect.


GROOVE U student Joel Blaeser mixing in our 5.1 mastering suite user the guidance of audio production faculty member Eric Van Wagner. Photo by GROOVE U student Jared Sawaya.

GROOVE U student Joel Blaeser mixing in our 5.1 mastering suite user the guidance of audio production faculty member Eric Van Wagner.
Photo by GROOVE U student Jared Sawaya.

CHEMISTRY LABS AREN'T RECORDING STUDIOS

WE GET IT

Why are music students at most colleges required to take Chemistry 101?

Traditional higher education has let down the the job market by trying to train college students to be “all things to all people”.

Our society has moved from the industrial age to the modern age to the information age and now we are entering the entrepreneurial age.  

Most students go to college because they hope it will lead to a career. Most parents invest in their child’s education because they want their child to learn how to prosper as a working member of society. Most music industry employers want to work with someone who has specialized career skills and who thinks like an entrepreneur. In fact, about 2 in 5 working in the media arts are self-employed.

But if you take a look at other music industry programs, educating for this highly entrepreneurial environment just isn’t happening. 

Only 5% of the music industry programs in the country meet these 5 criteria:

  1. Offer multiple foundational courses in the music industry.
     
  2. Offer upper-level coursework in the music industry.
     
  3. Offer entrepreneurship/small business management course.
     
  4. Offer a sponsored internship.
     
  5. Actively support student-led music industry organizations.

Not a single music industry program has developed both specialized career services and a small business development center for the music industry.

This is the disconnect; let's reconnect.

Ever since I started attending GROOVE U, my confidence in myself and my abilities has skyrocketed. Even after just the first year, I’ve learned so much about how the music industry as well as the steps I need to take to carve my career path. I know that when I am done with this program I’m going to be able to get work doing what I love.
— Jared Sawaya, Class of 2016

GROOVE U student Joel Blaeser listening-in to career development advice during our all-student common hour. Photo by GROOVE U student Jared Sawaya.

GROOVE U student Joel Blaeser listening-in to career development advice during our all-student common hour.
Photo by GROOVE U student Jared Sawaya.

COLLEGE IS EXPENSIVE...

WE GET IT.

The career category of "Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers” is #14 on the Bureau of Labor and Statistics fastest-growing careers through 2018. The larger media arts industry directly employs about half-a-million people.Working in the music industry means working in a growth industry, but most college degrees aren’t training for the industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 60% of those employed in the music industry cite “a postsecondary vocation award and on-the-job training” as their primary source of education and training. Or stated another way, only about 40% have a 4-year (or advanced) degree.

But nationwide, less than 1 in 5 music industry programs are offered at the 2-year level. So while most people working in the music industry have a 2-year degree, most colleges are only offering a 4-year degree.

In this age of ever-increasing higher education costs, these colleges are over-credentialing, overcharging, and under-training.

...And A degree isn't even a foot in the door

Employers don’t recruit college graduates — they hire apprentices.

An even bigger issue is getting the critical on-the-job training inside the music industry.  The informal process for doing this is through an internship, where employers and colleges work together to get you on-the-job training.

Only about ⅓ of colleges offering music industry programs even require a single internship, and none require two. Very few colleges offering music industry programs help their students get internships or place them in direct contact with potential employers.

Providing students with opportunities to work with music industry professionals is one of the most important things a program can do to ensure student success.

This is the disconnect; let's reconnect.


COST PER CREDIT HOUR COMPARISON

based  upon 2017-2018 tuition


** Comparison based on an actual costs publicly provided by a 4-year private, liberal arts college located in central Ohio, which offers its students a music industry degree; actual rate assumes student is enrolled full-time in a course load comparable to a full-time GROOVE U student.


Tuition savings at GROOVE U vs. a 4-year music industry program?
$101,000+

Getting started on your career faster and better-prepared?
Priceless.