Prospective Students

Welcome to the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music!

In Martin, you will find a thriving musical community tucked away in beautiful west Tennessee. Students at UTM undergo rigorous preparation for careers as music educators, performers and lifelong learners. The faculty is drawn from the ranks of some of the finest musicians with national and international performance and teaching experience, providing a wealth of knowledge that is passed along to our students.

The Department of Music offers a range of undergraduate programs in music from which to choose. We invite you to explore the various options and opportunities available to students in the Department of Music.

Undergraduate music majors can earn a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in either Music Performance or Music Education. Undergraduates with majors outside the School of Music can elect to seek a minor in music. The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is also offered for undergraduate students.

Please use the tabs at the top of the page to discover information about admissions, auditions, scholarships, and degree offerings. We hope to see you on campus in the near future!

Mailing Address and Contact Information;

Department of Music
The University of Tennessee at Martin
108 Fine Arts
16 Mt. Pelia Rd.
Martin, TN 38238
731-881-7402
sadams@utm.edu

2013-14 Audition Dates

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013 (Before the All-West Coaching Session)

  • Saturday, January 25, 2014 (During UTM Honor Band)

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014, 4:00 - 6:30 pm (At All-West)

  • Saturday, February 1, 2014 (Vocalists Only - during Honor Choir)

  • Monday, February 17, 2014 (On Junior/Senior Day)

Those who are unable to attend the scheduled auditions may contact Sherry Adams at (731) 881-7402 or via email at sadams@utm.edu to inquire about an audition by appointment.

Application Process

The first step to becoming a student in the Department of Music is to apply for admission to UT Martin. You can learn more about this process by visiting the website of the UT Martin Office of Admissions. The deadline for admission to the university is three weeks before the first day of the semester.

Audition Process

Applicants wishing to audition for the Department of Music should contact Sherry Adams at (731) 881-7402 or via email at sadams@utm.edu. Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Full Name

  • Instrument/Voice Type

  • Complete Address

  • Phone Number

  • Email Address

  • High School Name

  • Year in School

  • ACT Score

  • Grade Point Average

  • UTM Application Status

Once this information has been submitted, applicants will be scheduled for an audition. Please be aware that audition days fill up quickly. Early submission of your materials is STRONGLY encouraged.

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Brass

Horn

    • All major scales

    • One movement from a major work and a contrasting piece - Contact Jessie Thoman (jthoman@utm.edu) if you would like
      suggestions or have any questions.

    • Sight reading

Trumpet

Suggested audition repertoire for trumpet:

    • Jean-Baptiste Arban, FantasieBrillante - Play the introduction, theme and first two variations

    • Alexander Arutunian, Trumpet Concerto (International Music Co.) Play the beginning up to rehearsal letter F and cadenza

    • Guillaume Balay, Petite Piece Concertante

    • Alexander Goedicke, Concert Etude

    • Georg Frederic Handel, Aria con variazioni (arr. Fitzgerald)

    • Franz Josef Haydn, Trumpet Concerto, first movement

    • Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Trumpet Concerto, first movement

    • Kent Kennan, Sonata for trumpet and piano, first movement

    • J.G. Ropartz, Andante and Allegro

You may also prepare an etude from one the following books:

    • Vassily Brant, 34 Studies for Trumpet (International Music Co.)

    • Wilhelm Wurm, 40 Studies (International Music Co.)

    • Guiseppe Concone, Lyrical Studies for Trumpet (Brass Press)

All major scales are required; sight-reading may be requested.

Trombone

    • One movement from a major work along with a piece or an etude of contrasting style

    • All major scales and chromatic (2 octaves preferred)

    • Sight reading may be requested

    • Contact Dr. Joseph W. Frye if you would like to discuss audition repertoire or have any questions.

Euphonium

Applicants must prepare the following:

    • All major scales (2 octaves)

    • Chromatic scale, demonstrating the length of your range

    • One solo piece (or one movement of a multi-movement work)

    • 2 etudes in contrasting styles

    • Possible sight reading

Please contact Bill Waterman (wwaterma@utm.edu) to discuss the audition process and if you have any questions

Tuba

Applicants must prepare the following:

    • All major scales (2 octaves)

    • Chromatic scale, demonstrating the length of your range

    • One solo piece (or one movement of a multi-movement work)

    • 2 etudes in contrasting styles

Please contact Bill Waterman (wwaterma@utm.edu) to discuss the audition process and if you have any questions

Keyboard

    • Technique: major and harmonic minor scales, arpeggios, and cadences (all at your level of advancement)

    • Repertoire: two contrasting solos from the standard piano repertoire, memory preferred

    • Sight-reading

Percussion

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS TO BE A PERCUSSION MAJOR AT UT MARTIN

Undergraduate Degrees in Music Education or Music Performance (at instructor's approval only)

 

Suggested Repertoire and Method Books for High School Students

 

The audition process at UT Martin is designed to make sure you are ready to enter, and able to complete our music program. We want you to graduate in four years so the audition is our best indicator of knowing if being a music major is the best fit for you. Audition preparation is crucial, so I urge you to take the requirements below seriously. UT Martin requirements may be different from other universities so please make sure you look through the required categories below.

 

The most important rule to remember is to choose music you are passionate about! Music performed at a high level, with feeling and musicality, will outshine difficult music played unmusically any day of the week!

 

I encourage you to use the categories below as a guideline, but the music itself should be something you can perform with confidence and passion.

 

Additionally, I will take time to speak with you (and/or your parents) before or after the audition to answer any questions that you have. There will also be time for me to ask you questions about your goals and what you want to accomplish in 4 years. This is a screening process that works both ways and you are interviewing me and our music program as much as I am interviewing you.

 

Contact Julie Hill (jhill@utm.edu) if you would like suggestions or have any questions.

 

You must prepare 3 percussion areas:

  • Area 1 must be marimba or vibes (a 4 mallet selection is required)

  • Area 2 must be snare drum (concert preferred).

  • Area 3 is your option and may be chosen from timpani, multiple percussion, drum set, or another "world" percussion instrument

Please note that auditionees must play from original scores of their selected music.. If a personal audition is not possible, you may submit an electronic video audition (audio recordings will not be acceptable for auditions).

 

AREA 1 - Mallet Keyboard, Prepared 4 Mallet Solo + Sight Reading (two mallets)

 

AREA 2 - Snare Drum Etude or Solo + Selected rudiments from the 40 Percussive Arts Society International Drum Rudiments played in "open to closed to open" style + Sight Reading.

 

AREA 3 - Choose 1 of the following:

  • Timpani – Etude or Solo

  • Multiple Percussion – Etude or Solo

  • Drum Set/Hand Percussion (Congas, Djembe, Riq, Pandeiro, etc.., ) Solos, Etudes, or Sample of Styles

 

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on merit and playing ability. Students who successfully audition for Senior High All Region Bands (All West, Mid State, or All East) and All State Ensembles, automatically qualify for scholarships. Academic Scholarships may be available for you as well depending on the ACT score. I will walk you through these options at the interview.

MARCHING BAND AUDITION/SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The “Skyhawk” Marching Band allows anyone to audition for snare drum, front ensemble, multi-tenors, bass drum and cymbals. Placement auditions for non-music majors are held during the pre-season "Pre Camp". Contact Director of Bands, Dr. John Oelrich in the UTM Band Office or visit their web site (http://www.utm.edu/departments/finearts/band/) for further information.

ADDITIONAL INQUIRY

All questions pertaining to repertoire, auditions, or curriculum can be directed to:

 

Julie Hill

Associate Professor of Music

Director of Percussion Studies

jhill@utm.edu

 

Current information on student activities can be found on the UT Martin Music website

 

Helpful letter for Parents

Preparing for Life as a College Percussion Major by James Campbell

 

Voice

Students who wish to specialize in vocal studies at UTM will need to schedule an audition with our voice faculty. The audition requirements are two songs in contrasting styles, preferably from the standard classical repertoire (in any language), such as opera or oratorio arias, or art-songs. Broadway musical selections and traditional spirituals are acceptable as well. All pieces should be performed from memory. An accompanist will be provided to assist you at the audition.

To learn more about our vocal program or to schedule an audition, please contact one of our voice faculty: Dr. Roberto Mancusi at (731) 881-7405, Dr. Mark Simmons at (731) 881-7412, or Dr. Amy Yeung at (731) 881-7408. Auditions may also be scheduled through our departmental secretary at (731) 881-7402.

Woodwind

Flute

    • Chromatic scale, 3 octaves if possible

    • All Major scales, 2 octaves

    • Harmonic and/or Melodic minor scales, if able

    • 2 contrasting pieces

    • Sight reading possible

Oboe

The following requirements pertain to students intending to pursue degrees in Music Education, Music Performance or the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Please contact Dr. Owens if you have questions regarding the audition requirements.

    • All major scales (at least C, D and Eb must be two octaves) and chromatic scale (low Bb to high F).

    • One lyrical excerpt AND one technical excerpt: These can be either solos from Concert and Contest Collection (Voxman), Solos for the Oboe Player (Tustin), Oboe Solos (Arnold) or etudes from Hite, Voxman, or Barrett. Solo repertoire and etudes of similar difficulty levels to those previously mentioned are also acceptable for an audition.

    • Sightreading: You will be expected to sightread at your audition. Selections will vary.

Bassoon

The following requirements pertain to students intending to pursue degrees in Music Education, Music Performance or the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Please contact Dr. Owens if you have questions regarding the audition requirements.

    • All major scales two octaves (Bb major must be three octaves) and chromatic scale (three octaves).

    • One lyrical excerpt AND one technical excerpt: These can be either solos from Solos for the Bassoon Player (Schoenbach) or etudes from Weissenborn. Solo repertoire and etudes of similar difficulty levels to those previously mentioned are also acceptable for an audition.

    • Sightreading: You will be expected to sightread at your audition. Selections will vary.

Clarinet

If you plan to pursue a degree in Music Education, Music Performance or a Bachelor of Arts in Music, the following requirements apply to you. Please contact Dr. Aleksander if you have questions regarding the audition requirements.

    • One lyrical excerpt AND one technical excerpt: These can be either solos from the Rubank Concert and Contest Collection; works by Weber, Mozart, Schumann, or Brahms; or etudes by Rose. Solo repertoire and etudes of similar difficulty levels are also acceptable for an audition.

    • All major scales, slurred and tongued

    • Chromatic scale, low E to high G (if possible)

    • Sightreading: You will be expected to sightread at your audition. Selections will vary.

Saxophone

If you plan to pursue a degree in Music Education, Music Performance or a Bachelor of Arts in Music, the following requirements apply to you. Please contact Dr. Owens if you have questions regarding the audition requirements.

    • All major scales and chromatic scale, slurred and tongued (preferably in the full range of the saxophone)

    • One slow, lyrical excerpt: This can be a slow movement from any standard saxophone sonata or concerto on the difficulty level of: Handel Sonata No. 3, Eccles Sonata, Bozza Aria. You may also choose a slow etude/movement from the Ferling etudes, Hite etudes, Teal collections, etc. in substitution.

    • One fast excerpt: This can be a fast movement from any standard saxophone sonata or concerto on the difficulty level of: Rueff Chanson et Passepied, Glazunov Concerto, sonatas by Creston and Heiden, Bozza Improvisation et Caprice. You may also choose a fast etude from the Ferling etudes, Hite etudes, Teal collections, etc. in substitution.

    • Sightreading: You will be expected to sightread at your audition. Selections will vary.

There are several different types of scholarships available for students attending UT Martin. To learn more about the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship, student loans, and university-level academic scholarships, check out the website of the UT Martin Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

In addition to the above-mentioned sources of financial aid, the Department of Music has scholarship money available to both music-majors and some non-majors who wish to participate in one of our ensembles such as Marching Band or New Pacer Singers. Students who wish to apply for these scholarships must audition (see information above).

The first step to becoming a student in the Department of Music is to apply for admission to UT Martin. You can learn more about this process by visiting the website of the UT Martin Office of Admissions.

For Music Majors Only

Chancellor's Music Award, $3000 per year
Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; All-State Choir/Band/Orchestra; satisfactory audition.

Honor Music Award, $1500 per year
Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; All Region Choir/Band/Orchestra; satisfactory audition.

Music Scholarship, Up to $1200 per year
Eligibility: Admission to UT Martin and satisfactory audition for Department of Music.

Special Music Scholarships
Founder's, Harriet Fulton, and McConnell Awards
Eligibility: Admission to UT Martin and satisfactory audition for Department of Music.

For All University Students:

Band Scholarship
Eligibility: Membership (by audition) in Marching Band (fall) and Wind Ensemble/Concert Band (spring).

Choir Scholarship

Eligibility: Memberships (by audition) in University Singers.

New Pacer Singers Scholarship
Eligibility: Membership (by audition) in the New Pacer Singers.

Piano /Accompanying Scholarship
Eligibility: Satisfactory audition for Department of Music. Piano Ensemble, accompanying services for the Department of Music.

For Out of State Students:

Beginning in 2012, UT Martin will waive out-of-state tuition for any applicant with an ACT score of 25 or above and a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

The tuition break is valued at about $12,400 per year, and applicants will also be eligible for university scholarships such as the Deans, Chancellors and University Scholars.

Prospective students can apply online and find scholarship information at www.utm.edu.

Links

UT Martin Office of Admissions
UT Martin Office of Financial Aid

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.

Click here to view semester check sheets for the Music Education Option.

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.

Click here to view semester check sheets for the Performance or Pedagogy Options.

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.

Click here to view semester check sheets for the Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree.

The Student Information Guide is a document compiled by the faculty of the Department of Music to provide important information about the music program at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The guide is meant to serve as a source of information about a variety of topics about both the university and the Department of Music including degrees offered, scholarships, admissions, academic requirements, faculty, ensembles, tuition and fee amounts, and housing information. Click on the link below to view the current Student Information Guide.

Student Information Guide

Thank you for your interest in the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music!

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To find out more about the opportunities that await you at UTM, please fill out the Prospective Student Information Form. Once you have submitted the form, you should receive information about the Department of Music, our outstanding faculty, special Department of Music events, and concert information.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Music Office at (731) 881-7402.