Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair



Bachelor of Music Degree

The Bachelor of Music curriculum is designed to provide the gifted student with training and knowledge essential for a career in teaching and/or performing or for future graduate work. The major provides a Music Education Option as well as a Performance/Pedagogy Option.

Music Education Option

The option in Music Education provides professional training leading to state licensure to teach music in the public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. Licensure emphases in Instrumental Music and Vocal/General Music are available. Students who choose this degree program participate in private lessons, small and large ensembles, study concepts in music education and prepare and perform a senior recital. In addition, Music Education students work with mentors in the field in a student-teaching environment to gain practical and first-hand knowledge of teaching in the public schools. Our students, upon graduation, are thoroughly prepared to lead in the field of music education. Many of our graduates with this degree go on to teach middle school and high school music throughout Tennessee or attend graduate school throughout the United States.

To learn more, visit the Music Education Website.

Performance or Pedagogy Option

The performance option includes an emphasis in instrumental, instrumental pedagogy, piano, piano pedagogy, or voice. The Performance Option is limited to those highly talented performers who concentrate a large portion of their time on individual practice and performance. Students enrolled in the Performance or Pedagogy Degree programs take private lessons, participate in ensembles as well as study music theory, history and the pedagogy of their instrument(s). This degree programs aims to train students in all aspects of performance and/or pedagogy to further prepare them to be well-rounded musicians who contribute successfully to the field of music. Many graduates with this degree go on to prestigious graduate schools and/or open private teaching studios.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree is designed for students who desire concentrated study in music as the central part of a broader, liberal-arts based education. The degree provides a significant Music Component, a General Education Core and a Supporting Elective Plan. The Supporting Elective Plan must be developed in conjunction with the faculty and according to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Music. Many students choose to use the Supporting Elective Plan to study a minor field in addition to music. Graduate with this degree are prepared as well-rounded musicians who may go on to perform, teach, attend graduate school or pursue a field outside of music.


Elective Plan and Senior Project Forms

The music minor at the University of Tennessee at Martin is intended for students who possess a background in music and wish to continue their study while majoring in another discipline. This program is designed to enhance career opportunities, while increasing students’ skills and knowledge in the areas of performance, music theory, and music history.


Acceptance into the Minor in Music program is by audition.


The Minor in Music (M-2730) consists of the following:

  • Core Classes (16 hours)
  • Music 108 – Introduction to Technology in Music
  • Music 111 – Masterpieces of Music, or 112 – Music in Our Time, or 113 – Survey of Western Masterpieces and World Music
  • Music 123 – Aural Skills I
  • Music 124 – Aural Skills II
  • Music 131 – Music Theory I
  • Music 132 – Music Theory II
  • Lower-Division Applied Lessons (2 semesters of same instrument/voice)
  • 2 Ensembles (in applied lesson area)
  • 2 Electives (8 hours selected from the following)
    Courses with an MUAP, MUS, or MUED prefix other than private applied lessons.
  • Maximum of two semesters total additional credit in core applied lesson or ensemble.

Note 1: Students must take MUS 113 to use MUS 251 as an elective

Note 2: Music 120 may not be counted towards a minor in music

Note 3: MUAP 110, 310 may not be counted towards a minor in music


Total hours required: 24


Participation in performance organizations is open to all students regardless of academic major.


Music ensembles include the University Singers, New Pacer Singers, Lyric Opera Theatre, Piano Ensemble, Skyhawk Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Pep Bands and Concert Jazz Band as well as Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Ensembles. Scholarships are available by audition for participation in a select few of these ensembles. You can find scholarship and audition information here.


The department also houses two chapters of national professional music fraternities: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (men) and Sigma Alpha lota (women). These organizations emphasize professionalism, creativity and service in music.


Students receiving degrees other than the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music may not earn more than 30 hours in courses that apply toward the degrees from the Department of Music, that is, courses in the following disciplines: Applied Music (MUAP), Music Education (MUED), Music Ensembles (MUEN), Music (MUS).


Mission Statement

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.

Departmental Assessment Calendar

Fall Semester

  • August Back-to-School Retreat: Review data from spring and summer semesters
  • End of September: Curricular Requests for following year must be finished and ready for submission
  • Monday after Graduation: All course assessments reports need to be submitted to Dropbox. Gen Ed reports submitted via online form.

Spring Semester

  • January Back-to-School Meeting: Review data from fall semester
  • Last dept. meeting of year: Review SLOs, Rubrics, and Benchmarks. Assess if they are serving our students and if we will continue to use each one as is, adjust/modify as needed, or completely replace.
  • Monday after Graduation: All course assessments reports need to be submitted to Dropbox. Gen Ed reports submitted via online form.

S.M.E.N.T. Newsletters

Department Assessment Guidebook

View the department assessment guidebook here.

Student Learning Outcomes - 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.

2017-2018 Degree Checklists

General Education Assessment Reporting Forms

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Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair