Prospective Piano Students

You are welcome here!

Want to be a piano major at UTM? Wonderful.

We offer music degrees in piano performance, piano pedagogy, music education, and arts.


Want to minor in music with piano as your main instrument? Come right on!

See the current catalogue for requirements.


Want to be a non-music major but continue to play piano? Good for you!

Your expertise and participation will be welcomed and appreciated.

Opportunities for pianists at UTM:

  • Private Lessons
  • Piano Ensemble: duets with 4 hands at one piano, duos with 4 hands at 2 pianos, quartets with 8 hands at two or four pianos, etc. (This is a FUN class!)
  • Accompanying: for individual voice or instrumental students or the larger choral ensembles
  • Jazz Band: good pianists needed here

Scholarships are available for music majors as well as non-majors who want to accompany.

See Dr. Elaine Harriss, Professor of Piano

Auditioning for UTM Music

  • Apply to Audition. March 1st is the deadline to audition and receive full consideration for music scholarships.
  • Contact your prospective studio professor to schedule an audition if no audition date on the online audition form fits your schedule.
  • Make sure you have taken or are scheduled to take the ACT
  • Complete and submit a UTM Admissions Application
  • Review scholarship information and requirements for the Department of Music and UT Martin Scholarships

What does it take to be a music major? Do you:

  • Love to sing or play your instrument
  • Enjoy making music in a group
  • Find pleasure in practice (you'll do a lot of this)
  • Have a good sense of pitch and good rhythmic skills
  • Have a burning desire to develop as a musician

What is the best preparation for majoring in piano in college?

  • Private lessons with a highly qualified teacher
  • Performing experience (solo, ensemble, accompanying, church, choir, etc.)
  • Listening to good music
  • Competitions and auditions
  • Practice, practice, practice!

What should I have prepared for an audition to be a piano major at UTM?

  • Scales, chords, and arpeggios
  • Two or more contrasting solos from the standard piano repertoire such as Bach inventions, sinfonias, preludes and fugues, and dance suite movements; Chopin nocturnes, preludes, and waltzes; Grieg character pieces; movements from sonatas by classical era composers; and contemporary pieces on the level of Agay’s “The Twentieth Century;” or the equivalent. Popular, gospel, or self-composed pieces are not suitable.
  • Sight-reading

See specific requirements for the various degree programs on the piano audition page.

For information or one-on-one counseling about piano at UTM, contact

Dr. Elaine Harriss
211 Fine Arts Building
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238



Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Blankenship Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.