The mission of the Department of Music is to cultivate excellence in musical education, performance, and the liberal arts. The department works to support and enhance the cultural and intellectual diversity of the community, while also serving as model performers, educators, and scholars.
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UTM Department of Music graduates will be able to:
Produce graduates who will promote and advance the art of music.
Enhance the quality of life on campus and in the region by presenting artistic musical events.
Pursue scholarship in music.
Support music educators and music programs through educational outreach.
Cultivate relationships with musicians, arts organizations, and alumni.
The Department of Music offers a wide variety of opportunities and extra curricular activities for you to enjoy including events, travel studies, outreach programs, student organizations, competitions and extra curricular ensembles. It is our hope that every person can experience the music within.
The Department of Music is proud to offer over 100 events each year which range from performances of world renowned guest artists through our Allison Nelson Guest Artist Series, interactive workshops, conferences, guest lecturers, recruiting events, and student performances. Many of our performances are streamed live on Facebook at our UTM Music page.
For information about dates, registrations, tickets and more, please visit our Events page.
The Department of Music is committed to investing in our community and offers several programs designed to benefit the residents of Martin, surrounding areas, and beyond. Our signature programs include, Community Music Academy, Roots of Rhythm tour, Martin Community Band, After School Arts Program, and so much more.
A complete list of all our outreach programs and more information can be found on our Community Members page.
There are lots of activities for music students that are designed to develop leadership skills, offer expanded performance opportunities, make friends, and connect with the campus. Students can choose from approximately twenty different ensembles to play in, take private lessons, join one of our music student organizations, and participate in fun studio activities throughout the year. Many of these activities are open to music majors, minors, and campus musicians.
Check out some of our ensembles and student organizations on our Current Students page.
Learn about music from around the world by joining us on one of our travel studies. The Department of Music has orchestrated over thirty travel studies in sixteen different countries. Travel studies are open to students, parents, and community members. Travel studies are announced at the beginning of the academic year.
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 the Northwest Tennessee Arts Center, a new state of art large seat capacity performance hall.
INCLUDE Utm music is a diverse alliance of UTM Music faculty, staff, students, and alumni who advocate for an environment of diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect within the Department of Music. This alliance strives to attract and support people of diverse backgrounds by adopting inclusive practices. INCLUDE Utm music seeks to collaborate with other groups on campus and in the community.
Research, headed by the INCLUDE UTM Music Council is underway to better understand best practices for creating an inclusive curriculum and environment which includes the collection and analysis of feedback from current students and creating resource lists about diversity AND for minority music students.
UTM Music faculty and staff participated in an in-service training led by Jasmine Fripp as part of the fall 2020 all faculty / staff meeting. The goal was to learn about creating an inclusive curriculum. More training sessions will be scheduled throughout the academic year.
UTM Music is working on identifying minority speakers and artists for our department and has an established track record for helping departments across campus in this regard. UTM Music is also proud to have partnered as a co-sponsor with other departments at UT Martin to create programs that are diverse and inclusive.
UTM Music will be implementing a mentorship program for current students, and making sure we’re educating all students about racial issues.
The University of Tennessee at Martin's Department of Music Mentorship Program offers current music students the opportunity to forge professional relationships, receive career and college guidance, and work together with alumni.
Dedicated to the advancement of equal access and justice, this program was founded by the Department of Music's INCLUDE Utm music alliance to ensure all students, regardless of ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation, may achieve their professional aspirations and goals.
Want to give back to your alma mater by becoming a UTM Music Mentor? Fill out our Music Mentorship application today!