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Terrance R. Tompkins

Assistant Professor of Music


MBA, 2014, St Josephs Univ; BA, 1991, Temple Univ


Terry Tompkins has been a professional and professor in the music industry for the past 25 years. He began his career as an artist manager and worked as a talent buyer, journalist, record label president, festival organizer, A&R Representative and currently is Assistant Professor Music Industry and Program Coordinator at Hofstra University. Recently, Tompkins held positions as Senior Director of Artist Relations at PledgeMusic, a leading music technology direct to fan platform and Program Director/Instructor of Music Business at Bowling Green State University. Tompkins spent seven years at Columbia Records working in A&R where he discovered the Grammy Award winning multi-platinum recording artist John Legend. His experience in the touring industry includes talent buying for a prestigious rock club as well as Showcase Director for the Philadelphia Music Conference, one of the largest music conferences in the United States at the time. Early in his career, Tompkins established Big Fish Artist Management and Consulting, managing international artists signed to major and independent labels. Tompkins career as an educator also includes serving as Professor of Music Industry at Millersville University, Saint Joseph’s University and Drexel University where also ran MAD Dragon Records, a nationally recognized award-winning student-run record label by the Independent Music Awards. Tompkins has presented academic papers at the Music and Entertainment Educators Convention, National Association of Campus Activities Convention and the National Association of Business and Behavioral Scientists Convention. He has been a panelist/moderator at the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conference, Annual College Music Journal Convention, The Philadelphia Music Conference, NEMO Music Conference, NXNW Music Conference, Millennium Music Conference and Atlantis Music Conference. Tompkins has been published in the Music and Entertainment Educators Association Journal and the Journal of Instructional Pedagogies. Tompkins earned a BA from Temple University and MBA at St. Joseph’s University.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
INTD 003A C3 MANAGEMENT Undergraduate
MUS 020 (CP) ENSEMBLE Undergraduate
MUS 151 SPEC STUDIES-MUSIC 1 Undergraduate
MUS 190 THE MUSIC INDUSTRY Undergraduate
MUS 191 MUS MCHNDSG FLD STDY Undergraduate