About the Department

Julie Hill


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!

If you are considering a career as a music major, here are the top 5 reasons why UTM should be a serious choice for you.

  1. Our graduates boast a nearly 100% job placement rate and those that decide to go on to graduate school are regularly accepted into top graduate programs across the country, receiving stipends and teaching assistantships to help them pay for their education.

  2. As a UTM music student, your lessons and courses will be instructed by world-class faculty rather than graduate students or teaching assistants.

  3. The UTM Music department maintains a culture in which highly productive faculty work in close connection with undergraduate students, providing collaborative opportunities with internships, research projects, and additional real world experiences.

  4. Our music faculty work as a team to insure the success of each and every student.

  5. The Department of Music attracts world class guest artists each year for performances and hands-on masterclasses and is a campus leader in creating International Travel Study experiences for our students.

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!

Lastly, our Junior/Senior Day if Monday February 15, 2016. This is an ideal opportunity for you to come and spend a day in the life of a music major at UTM. If you are a senior, you can also audition on the same day. This is also President's Day which is a holiday for most of you so you don't even have to use a "College Day" to attend. Please consider registering for this fantastic event at www.utm.edu/music and click on "Prospective Students" and "Junior/Senior Day."

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
Cunningham Outstanding Scholar/Educator
Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship
UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher


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UT Martin Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music


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UT Martin Department of Music is an All Steinway School



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.

Information coming soon!