Welcome to the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music, a thriving, growing department of 19 full-time and adjunct faculty and 5 staff members. The biggest news is our renovated and expanded Fine Arts Building. We moved into new facilities during the summer with a formal dedication on August 16. Music now has 23 practice rooms, 22 office/studio spaces, 3 classrooms, a chamber music room, a piano lab with 13 stations, a computer lab with 15 stations, and an executive suite with a conference room and work room. In addition we now have a band suite with a large rehearsal hall and rooms for instrument storage, uniform storage, music storage; a large percussion rehearsal hall with practice rooms and storage facilities; and a large choral rehearsal hall which doubles as our recital hall and is named in honor of Bill and Roberta Blankenship,. The building houses both the Music Department and the Visual and Theater Arts Department and has over 112,000 square feet, more than twice the size of the former Fine Arts Building. Phase II of this building project is a new recital hall for music.
Our music major enrollment remains strong. We added a wonderful new clarinet teacher, assistant professor Dr. Elizabeth Aleksander, and a new adjunct flute teacher, Charles Lewis. These are indeed exciting times for music at UTM!
Students and parents, we encourage you to explore this website to see what UTM has to offer both the pre-college student and the university student. We help students become highly educated citizens as they prepare for a career as a music educator, a performer, or a researcher. Our graduates are successful in finding employment in music and related fields and succeeding in graduate school. Our top-notch faculty is noted for excellence in teaching while truly caring about the success of each student.
Come for a visit!
Elaine Harriss, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Music
The Department of Music has approximately one hundred and ten music majors.
There are fifteen full-time faculty members, four adjuncts, and three staff including a full-time collaborative pianist and a piano technician.
In the fall of 2013, the Department moved into a completely renovated and thoroughly expanded Fine Arts Building.
The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The state of the art computer lab is equipped with 15 workstations outfitted with:
Lenovo ThinkCentre all-in-one computers, each running:
Finale music notation software
Pyware drill writing software
Audacity audio editing software
Microsoft Office Suite
Roland RS-5 MIDI keyboards
All studios, practice rooms, and performance venues are equipped with Steinway pianos
The piano lab is equipped with twelve Yamaha Clavinovas
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.
The mission of the Department of Music is to pursue excellence in musical education and artistry, with a primary focus for the Department being undergraduate music education. The Department and its faculty serve as model performers, educators, and researchers as well as resources for music educators and professionals throughout the region. The performances and educational events presented by the Department enrich the educational experience of all UT Martin students. These events enhance the cultural life of the university, the Martin community, and the region. Faculty maintain a strong commitment to the teaching mission of the Department and the University, while engaging in service, performance, and research activities around the state, region, and world.
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.