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About the Department


Students, Parents, Friends, and Music Enthusiasts,


It is my pleasure to welcome you to our UTM Department of Music website.

It is our goal to provide all needed tools and information here so that you may see how UTM provides the best return on your investment for undergraduate education in the entire state of Tennessee!


All of you know quite well the invaluable lessons and life skills taught through participation in band and choir during middle school and high school. These include teamwork, time management, working well with others, and developing an outstanding work ethic to name a few.


Here, at the University of Tennessee at Martin, we want to assure you that those life lessons will only continue and be expanding upon tenfold should you choose UTM as your university home. Whether you want to be a music major or just continue your passion for music while pursuing another career, we have a place for you. Our university provides opportunities to continue your love of music through our choirs and opera theater, athletic and concert bands, jazz band, chamber ensembles of all types, orchestra, and more.


As you make the critical choice of where to continue your education at the next level in life, whether you want to major in music or not, UTM is an outstanding choice and a solid investment in your future!



Please don't hesitate to contact me if I may be of any help to you and please come visit us soon!


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Julie Hill, DMA
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music, Percussion
University of Tennessee at Martin
Immediate Past-President, Percussive Arts Society
University of Tennessee System President's Inaugural Educate Award Winner
Cunningham Outstanding Scholar/Educator
Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship
UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher


Julie Hill



Opened in August of 2013, the renovated and expanded Fine Arts Building on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin serves as the home for the Departments of Music and Visual and Theater Arts. The 112,000 square foot facility was completed at a cost of $14 million and includes 16 classrooms, 24 studio rooms, 35 offices, 23 practice rooms, a music computer lab, choral/recital hall, band rehearsal hall, percussion rehearsal room, labs for graphic arts, ceramics, fabrics, and sculpture, a costume shop, scene shop and a state-of-the-art black-box theater. Plans are under way for phase two of the project, which will include a renovation of the Harriet Fulton Theatre and a new state of art large seat capacity performance hall.


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Mission & Goals


The mission of the Department of Music is to cultivate excellence in musical education, performance, and the liberal arts. The department works to support and enhance the cultural and intellectual diversity of the community, while also serving as model performers, educators, and scholars.



  • Produce music education graduates who will, in turn, build strong programs in their schools and studios.

  • Attract and retain high-quality students to major in music and participate in ensembles as non-majors.

  • Maintain positive relationships with K-12 music programs and regional arts organizations.

  • Serve as a resource for regional educators and musicians.

  • Maintain a sequential curriculum that is sensitive to the needs of a changing future for art music.

  • Present musical performances on campus by students, faculty, and guest artists.

  • Perform, present, and research in the music discipline.

  • Educate and inform audiences.

  • Represent UT Martin in a professional way to the community and the world.

  • Maintain contact with alumni.

Music majors are expected to:

Perform Music

The student will perform music with accuracy and facility, interpreting it with expression, style and artistry.

Analyze Music

The student will analyze music and musical forms, both visually and aurally.

Arrange Music

The student will arrange music, accurately combining existing musical elements with innovative ideas to create an original work.

Improvise Music

The student will improvise music, accurately combining existing musical elements with innovative techniques to create an original musical idea.

Connect Cultural and Historical Aspects of Music

The student will employ musical terms, genres, styles, and concepts while connecting historical and cultural aspects of music.

Explain Concepts

The student will explain concepts clearly, coherently and decisively, displaying extensive content knowledge and giving appropriate and well-timed feedback.

1 Preamble

In order to foster equity, transparency, effectiveness, and collegiality, the Department of Music of the University of Tennessee at Martin establishes these bylaws detailing the specific provisions and procedures for the operation of the Department, including:

  • organization and administrative structure
  • faculty responsibilities and evaluation, and
  • tenure and promotion.

2 Faculty Governance

2.1 Department Chair

The Chair is the chief executive officer of the department. The Chair's duties are outlined in the UTM Faculty Handbook.


The Chair is responsible for determining which courses are to be offered and for assigning faculty load. The Chair will solicit the input of the faculty for teaching assignments prior to completion of the teaching schedule. Faculty assignments will be made based on department needs and faculty expertise.


The Department Chair serves as an ex-officio non-voting member of all standing and other committees.

2.2 Mandatory Faculty Meetings

2.2.1 Annual Planning Meeting


The Chair will convene a faculty retreat before the beginning of the fall semester for the purpose of planning for the new academic year.


2.2.2 Regular Faculty Meetings

The full faculty will meet a minimum of two times per semester, as required by the UTM Faculty Handbook.


2.2.3 Calendar Meeting


The Department Chair will convene a meeting of the full faculty in January for the purpose of scheduling events for the upcoming academic year.

2.3 Faculty Meeting Procedures

The Chair must give notice of two business days for all meetings and distribute an agenda to the full faculty two business days in advance.


Meetings will be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order. More than one-half of the voting faculty will constitute a quorum. The Chair will be counted when determining if a quorum is present.


Minutes from each meeting will be distributed within a week of the meeting to all faculty and may be amended. Copies of the minutes will be kept in the department office.

2.4 Voting

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to vote on all motions and matters brought before the department. Full-time lecturers may vote on all issues with the exception of those dealing with personnel. Part-time, adjunct faculty, and faculty with visiting appointments are not eligible to vote.


Proposals must be vetted and approved by the appropriate committee prior to consideration by the faculty. The committee chair must distribute proposals electronically to the faculty on the Wednesday prior to the meeting during which that proposal will be discussed and voted on. Deliberation and voting must be conducted during a full faculty meeting.


A simple majority vote with a quorum will decide all issues. The Chair has the option of voting in two circumstances: when the vote is by secret ballot or when his/her vote changes the outcome. If the Chair chooses to participate in a vote by secret ballot, then (s)he must do so at the same time as the rest of the faculty.

2.5 Mission and Strategic Plan

During the faculty retreat held before the beginning of the fall semester, the faculty will:

  1. review and revise as necessary the Department of Music mission statement, goals, and expected outcomes listed in the UTM Course Catalog;
  2. assess the strategic plan from the prior year; and
  3. adopt a strategic plan for the current academic year.;

Items on the strategic plan will be assigned to a committee or individual faculty member for implementation. Assigned faculty will give progress reports at departmental meetings and a final report at the last faculty meeting of the academic year.

2.6 Committee Structure

2.6.1 Standing Committees

All full-time faculty are required to serve on two departmental standing committees; chairs of standing committees are exempt from serving on a second standing committee.

Committee chairs will be appointed by the department chair based on an interview and will begin their term on July 1. Chairs will have a two-year term limit.


Committees for an upcoming academic year will be formed in the last faculty meeting in the spring of the preceding year. Faculty should be distributed evenly amongst the standing committees.


All faculty members may submit agenda items to any standing committee chair for consideration by that committee. Advisory Committee


The Advisory Committee manages all departmental policy documents, including the Department of Music Bylaws and Faculty Handbook. In addition, the committee may discuss and make recommendations for procedural issues that involve both students and faculty. Curriculum and Assessment Committee


The Curriculum and Assessment Committee oversees both the curriculum and institutional assessment. The committee is assigned the following tasks:

  1. review the curriculum;
  2. initiate changes to the curriculum in the UTM Course Catalog;
  3. approve Student Special Requests;
  4. approve elective plans for students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree;
  5. implement assessment procedures within the department;
  6. create and update student learning outcomes (SLOs) and accompanying rubrics in conjunction with the faculty;
  7. collect and collate assessment data as required by the university; and
  8. submit assessment data to the department chair.

The Curriculum and Assessment Committee works in conjunction with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Curriculum Committee. The chair of the Curriculum and Assessment Committee traditionally serves on the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Curriculum Committee; term limits may apply for that position. Additionally, a member of the Curriculum and Assessment Committee will serve on the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Degree Appeals Committee. Recruitment, Technology, and Retention Committee


The Recruitment, Technology, and Retention Committee is responsible for managing the Department of Music website and promotional materials. Events Committee


The Events Committee will oversee all aspects of departmental events that fall outside the responsibilities of the Instrumental and Vocal areas, including Junior/Senior Day, Spring Fling, and the Faculty WTSBOA All-West performance. The Events Committee will coordinate with the RTR Committee for help with promotional materials, advertising, and emails. Friends of Music Committee


The Friends of Music Committee is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. screening applications for student funding for travel, creative activity, and research;
  2. distributing funds for Guest Artists; and
  3. facilitating events related to fundraising.

2.6.2 Other Committees


Other non-standing committees may be established to address the needs of the department in accordance with university guidelines. The membership of these committees, with the exception of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, is selected by the faculty. Each committee will elect a chair at its first meeting. Search Committees


Search committees are formed for conducting a search to fill a new position or vacancy. The search committee is responsible for:

  1. drafting the job description;
  2. screening applications;
  3. conducting interviews; and
  4. making recommendations for an appointment.

A search committee must have at least three faculty members but can include more. Membership is limited to tenured and tenure-track faculty. Traditionally, members of the committee have expertise in the area of the new position or vacancy. The search committee must be approved by the faculty.


Additional search committee procedures are outlined in the UTM Faculty Handbook. Tenure and Promotion Committee


Section 5.1 of the Department of Music Bylaws addresses the make-up and function of this committee. Additional procedures and policies in regard to tenure and promotion are outlined in the UTM Faculty Handbook. Scholarship Committee


The Scholarship Committee, comprised of the department chair, the Director of Bands, and Director of Choirs, is responsible for the consideration and distribution of scholarships. The committee will consult with applied faculty regarding the needs of the department. Ad-Hoc Committees


Ad-hoc committees may be formed to resolve immediate problems or address particulardepartmental needs. An ad-hoc committee makes recommendations to the chair and/or the full faculty.

3 College and University Committees and Representation

The representative for the Senate Library Committee will be selected at the annual planning meeting.


The representative for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Curriculum Committee will be selected by the Department of Music Curriculum Committee at its first meeting.


Elections for faculty senators will be conducted in the spring semester or as required by a vacancy. To be eligible to serve on the Faculty Senate, a faculty member must hold a full-time appointment with academic rank and have completed at least three of years service at UTM in a tenure-track position prior to the beginning of the term of office. All full-time faculty are entitled to vote, even if ineligible to serve.

4 Annual Review of Faculty

The UTM Faculty Handbook requires the Department Chair to complete an annual performance-and-planning review of all faculty.


The annual performance-and-planning review will be conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for Satisfactory Performance Evaluation and Merit Assessment Forms approved by the faculty of the Department of Music. Changes and amendments to these documents must be approved by the faculty.


Annual reviews must include evaluation of teaching effectiveness, to be determined by the faculty.


In preparation for the annual review, each faculty member must submit the following documents:

  • annual report detailing the professional activities in the prior academic year, and
  • goals for the upcoming academic year in teaching, service, and creative/research activity.

Merit Assessment Forms must be submitted for consideration for merit pay.


4.1 To promote excellence in teaching in the Department of Music and provide documentation for assessment, faculty will submit to an internal review of teaching to be implemented by the department chair conjunction with tenured faculty. The process will include the review of a teaching portfolio and classroom observation.

5 Tenure and Promotion

5.1 Tenure and Promotion Committee

The Tenure and Promotion Committee is comprised of all tenured faculty in the Department of Music. The charge of the Tenure and Promotion Committee is to approve advisory committees for tenure and promotion and select advisory committee chairs to oversee each application.


The Tenure and Promotion Committee will elect a chair at the beginning of the academic year to facilitate the selection of advisory committee chairs, schedule meetings for the committee and conduct the vote on each application.

5.2 Advisory Committees for Tenure and Promotion

5.2.1 Committee Composition


The make-up of advisory committees is as follows:

  • Advisory committees for tenure will include all tenured faculty.
  • Advisory committees considering promotions to the rank of associate professor will include all tenured associate and full professors.
  • Advisory committees considering promotions to the rank of full professor will include all tenured full professors.
  • The Department Chair will not serve as a member of any advisory committee or participate in deliberations.

Advisory committees for tenure and promotion must have a minimum of three members. If there is an insufficient number of tenured faculty members from within the department, one or more members may be selected from another department, preferably within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. A chair will be elected for each advisory committee.


Advisory committees must be approved by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


5.2.2 Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee Responsibilities


Advisory committees will:

  1. Review the application.
  2. Discuss the application in detail.
  3. Vote on the application.
  4. Assist the advisory committee chair in completing the written recommendation.

5.2.3 Tenure and Promotion Advisory Committee Chair Responsibilities

The advisory committee chair will:

  1. Notify the candidate in writing of his/her right to appear before the committee and inspect all of the personnel files and materials to be considered by the committee.
  2. Address the candidate’s questions or concerns as (s)he prepares the application.
  3. Review the entire application.
  4. Distribute work assignments among the committee members.
  5. Lead the discussion of the application.
  6. With the assistance of the advisory committee, compile a preliminary draft of the written recommendation, ask for amendments to that document and call for a vote to approve the final draft.
  7. Submit the written recommendation to the department chair according to the Tenure and Promotion Calendar set by the Division of Academic Affairs.
  8. Notify the applicant in writing of the committee’s decision on the day the recommendation is due to the chair.

5.3 Tenure and Promotion Committee Voting Procedures

5.3.1 Vote to Approve an Application for Tenure or Promotion


The chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee will give the committee notice of two business days before a discussion and vote to approve a tenure or promotion application. A simple majority is needed for a positive recommendation. The vote to approve a tenure or promotion application must be taken by secret ballot.


The chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee will collect ballots and record the vote in the presence of at least one other faculty member. If the chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee is ineligible to vote on a promotion, the chair of that advisory committee will assume the role.


5.3.2 Vote to Approve the Written Recommendation


The written recommendation must be approved by the advisory committee. Committee members must be given the opportunity to offer amendments to the document.


5.4 Timeline

In order to meet the Tenure and Promotion Calendar set by the Division of Academic Affairs, the following timeline is established:

  1. The vote to approve each application must be conducted at least one week in advance of the deadline.
  2. An initial draft of the written recommendation must be completed and distributed to the committee by the Monday prior to the deadline; committee members will be given 48 hours to submit revisions.
  3. The advisory committee chair will submit a revised version of the written recommendation to the committee and ask for any additional amendments before taking a final vote to approve the document.
  4. Advisory committee chairs will notify applicants in writing of committee decisions on the day the recommendation is due to the chair.

5.5 Other Stipulations

Any requested changes to the Tenure and Promotion Calendar set out by the Division of Academic Affairs must be approved by the department chair and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

5.6 Pre-tenure review

A pre-tenure review will be conducted during the probationary period prior to tenure. The process will be approved by the faculty.

6 Discrepancies

If any provision of these bylaws is inconsistent with the UTM Faculty Handbook, then the UTM Faculty Handbook will take precedence. If any provision of these bylaws is inconsistent with or unclear in regard to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, The University of Tennessee at Martin, or the University of Tennessee system, that provision will be interpreted in a manner that is most favorable to the individual faculty member.

7 Amendment

Proposed amendments to these bylaws must be brought to the full faculty by the Advisory Committee, which will accept suggestions from any faculty member. Proposed changes must be distributed electronically to the full faculty at least 10 business days prior to a vote.


The bylaws may be amended by a simple majority vote at any departmental meeting; faculty members who are unable to attend may submit their vote on any amendment(s) to the Chair in advance of the meeting. Amendments must be approved by the Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

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