Prospective Students

We are always looking for new and talented students to join the UTM Bones, and this page provides information about what UTM has to offer and how you can apply to become a member of the trombone studio. We have music scholarships available for music majors and music minors, and also offer band activity scholarships for music majors, music minors, and those who wish to continue playing in college as a non-major.


UTM Audition Information

The Department of Music at the University of Tennessee at Matin offers the following undergraduate degree options:

  • BM in Music Education (K-12 licensure)
  • BM Music Performance or Piano Pedagogy
  • BA in Music

If you are a senior trombonist interested in pursuing one of these degrees at the University of Tennessee at Martin, please take the following steps:

  1. Contact Dr. Frye via email at or by phone at 731.881.3403
  2. Make sure you have taken or are scheduled to take the ACT
  3. Complete and submit a UTM Admission application
  4. Schedule an audition for acceptance and scholarship consideration for the Department of Music by calling 731.881.7402


Audition material is flexible, but your audition should demonstrate your very best in both technical and lyrical playing. If you have any questions about suitable literature, please contact Dr. Frye. Audition material should be chosen from the following:

  • Standard Solo Trombone Repertoire
  • Teachnical and Lyrical Etudes
  • Standard Orchestral Excerpts (If known)

All students auditioning for entry into the trombone studio are expected to know all major scales, two octaves, by memory. Auditionees should also expect to sight read at their audition.



The Department of Music at The University of Tennessee at Martin is part of the College of Humanities & Fine Arts and has a long reputation of producing outstanding music educators. The Department is housed in the newly-renovated, state-of-the-art Fine Arts Building which opened in fall 2013.

The trombone studio has a long history of fine teachers, beginning with longtime Professor of Trombone E.J. Eaton. Other UTM trombone professors include Dr. Jeremy Kowlinska and Mathew Stratton. In June of 2011, Dr. Joseph W. Frye was hired as the Assistant Professor of Trombone, effective Fall 2011. For more information about Dr. Frye, please visit his biography page

In addition to Dr. Frye, UT Martin has other faculty in the brass area who are among the finest teachers and performers on their respective instruments: Kurt Gorman, trumpet & coordinator of the brass area, Jessie Thoman, horn, and Matthew Stratton, tuba & euphonium.

The music program at UT Martin is a unique environment for study. The faculty members are dynamic, creatve, innovative, and are able to tailor their teaching to address the specific needs and goals of each student. The Department of Music currently offers degree programs including Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education or Music Performance, or Bachelor of Arts.

One of the greatest concerns for most incoming students is that of finances. Fortunately, UT Martin is one of the most affordable universities in the country to study music. Use the UTM Net Price Calculator and look at the Tuition and Fees Information found in the links on the right to get a more complete picture of the great value that can be found at UT Martin.

Trombone study at UTM includes weekly trombone lessons, weekly trombone studio class, and Trombone Choir. Students also participate in a wide array of large ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band) and chamber music ensembles (Bass Quintet, Trombone Quartet). Social activities and collaborations with members of other brass studios create a sense of community within the studio and the brass area. Dr. Frye both challenges and encourages students to strive for and achieve their maximum potential as musicians and as human beings, and works to create an atmosphere of peer support among the studio members.

Want to know more about studying trombone at UT Martin? Contact Dr. Frye for more information. He can be reached through the contact area of this website. Dr. Frye is always willing and eager to meet, speak, text, skype, or correspond with prospective students.

Please explore the other areas of the UTM Trombone Studio website to learn more about trombone activities & opportunities in the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music.


UTM Department of Music Audition Dates

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013 (Prior to the All-West Coaching Session)
  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 4:00-6:30 p.m. (At All-West)
  • Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Auditions may also be arranged by appointment if you are unable to audition on one of the dates above. Contact Dr. Frye for more information.

Before You Audition

Before you apply and audition, take time to learn more about the admission process to The University of Tennessee at Martin and the Department of Music. Below are some links to help you through the process:

Audition Tips


  • Practice every day
  • Learn your scales & arpeggios
  • Practice sight reading
  • Play mock auditions for anyone who will listen

Audition Day Advice:

  • Arrive on campus early and know where you will be auditioning
  • Be polite, be on time, and dress appropriately (Details matter—nothing should distract the audition committee from your playing).

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