About the Department

Johnathan Vest

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. We have recently moved into the new Fine Arts Building, housing 22 office/studio spaces, 3 classrooms, a chamber music room, a piano lab with 13 stations and a computer lab with 15 stations. In addition, we now have a band suite with a large rehearsal hall, a large percussion rehearsal hall with practice rooms and a large choral rehearsal hall that doubles as a recital hall, named in honor of Bill and Roberta Blankenship. Phase II of this building project is a new performance hall for music.

This year, we are excited to welcome to the faculty Bill Waterman, Director of Athletic Bands and Instructor of Tuba and Euphonium, and Carol Maynard, our new part-time bookkeeper and administrative assistant.

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!

Dr. Johnathan Vest, Associate Professor and Interim Chair


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.

Mission & Goals


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.