• 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you

Prospective Students

Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair

Prospective Students

  • Why UTM music is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
  • 5 reasons the music program is right for you
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2018-19 Audition Dates:

February 18, 2019

Auditions available by appointment - Click above

Audition Requirements and Suggested Repertoire:

After you have auditioned and been accepted as a music major or minor, you must take the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam when you come to campus for orientation. This exam is designed to assess your level of mastery in the music theory area in order to place you in the appropriate course: MUS 120 (Music Theory 1a) or MUS 131 (Music Theory Ib).


Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music curriculum is designed to provide the gifted student with training and knowledge essential for a career in teaching and/or performing or for future graduate work. The major provides a Music Education Option as well as a Performance/Pedagogy Option. The option in Music Education provides professional training leading to state licensure to teach music in the public schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. Licensure emphases in Instrumental Music and Vocal/General Music are available. Students who choose this degree program participate in private lessons, small and large ensembles, study concepts in music education and prepare and perform a senior recital. In addition, Music Education students work with mentors in the field in a student-teaching environment to gain practical and first-hand knowledge of teaching in the public schools. Our students, upon graduation, are thoroughly prepared to lead in the field of music education. Many of our graduates with this degree go on to teach middle school and high school music throughout Tennessee or attend graduate school throughout the United States.

To learn more, visit the Music Education Website.

Bachelor of Music in Performance or Pedagogy

The Bachelor of Music curriculum is designed to provide the gifted student with training and knowledge essential for a career in teaching and/or performing or for future graduate work. The major provides a Music Education Option as well as a Performance/Pedagogy Option. The performance option includes an emphasis in instrumental, instrumental pedagogy, piano, piano pedagogy, or voice. The Performance Option is limited to those highly talented performers who concentrate a large portion of their time on individual practice and performance. Students enrolled in the Performance or Pedagogy Degree programs take private lessons, participate in ensembles as well as study music theory, history and the pedagogy of their instrument(s). This degree programs aims to train students in all aspects of performance and/or pedagogy to further prepare them to be well-rounded musicians who contribute successfully to the field of music. Many graduates with this degree go on to prestigious graduate schools and/or open private teaching studios.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree is designed for students who desire concentrated study in music as the central part of a broader, liberal-arts based education. The degree provides a significant Music Component, a General Education Core and a Supporting Elective Plan. The Supporting Elective Plan must be developed in conjunction with the faculty and according to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Music. Many students choose to use the Supporting Elective Plan to study a minor field in addition to music. Graduate with this degree are prepared as well-rounded musicians who may go on to perform, teach, attend graduate school or pursue a field outside of music.


Elective Plan and Senior Project Forms


The music minor at the University of Tennessee at Martin is intended for students who possess a background in music and wish to continue their study while majoring in another discipline. This program is designed to enhance career opportunities, while increasing students’ skills and knowledge in the areas of performance, music theory, and music history.


Acceptance into the Minor in Music program is by audition.


The Minor in Music (M-2730) consists of the following:

  • Core Classes (16 hours)
  • Music 108 – Introduction to Technology in Music
  • Music 111 – Masterpieces of Music, or 112 – Music in Our Time, or 113 – Survey of Western Masterpieces and World Music
  • Music 123 – Aural Skills I
  • Music 124 – Aural Skills II
  • Music 131 – Music Theory I
  • Music 132 – Music Theory II
  • Lower-Division Applied Lessons (2 semesters of same instrument/voice)
  • 2 Ensembles (in applied lesson area)
  • 2 Electives (8 hours selected from the following)
    Courses with an MUAP, MUS, or MUED prefix other than private applied lessons.
  • Maximum of two semesters total additional credit in core applied lesson or ensemble.

Note 1: Students must take MUS 113 to use MUS 251 as an elective

Note 2: Music 120 may not be counted towards a minor in music

Note 3: MUAP 110, 310 may not be counted towards a minor in music


Total hours required: 24


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Participation in performance organizations is open to all students regardless of academic major. Scholarships are available by audition for participation in a select few of these ensembles. Click the brochure above to learn about music scholarship information.

Ensemble opportunities include:

Wind Ensemble - Contact Dr. John Oelrich; joelrich@utm.edu


Concert Band - Contact Steve Barnett; sbarne28@utm.edu


University Singers & New Pacer Singers - Contact Dr. Mark Simmons; marks@utm.edu


Orchestra - Contact Dr. Angela Ammerman; aammerm1@utm.edu


Jazz Band - Contact Dr. Kurt Gorman; kgorman@utm.edu


Athletic Bands - Contact Dr. William Waterman; wwaterma@utm.edu


Lyric Opera Theatre & Musical Theatre - Contact Dr. Amy Yeung; ayeung@utm.edu


University Steel Band - Contact Chelsea Jones; cjone228@utm.edu


Chamber Ensembles - Contact the music office; music@utm.edu


Private Lessons - Contact the applied faculty for your voice/instrument


The department also houses two chapters of national professional music fraternities: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (men) and Sigma Alpha lota (women). These organizations emphasize professionalism, creativity, and service in music.


Students receiving degrees other than the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Music may not earn more than 30 hours in courses that apply toward the degrees from the Department of Music, that is, courses in the following disciplines: Applied Music (MUAP), Music Education (MUED), Music Ensembles (MUEN), Music (MUS).


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This pathway is designed for students transferring to UTM who have taken some form of lower division music courses at a different institution. Students who transfer in with less than two years and/or have not taken the necessary music courses to be considered for transfer credit, will need to start at the entry level of those proper course sequences to fill in any gaps in their foundational music coursework.

A transfer student will need to demonstrate competency in the lower division courses that establish the foundation for our music degrees and represent the majority of music classes during the first two years. Therefore, they will need to take the following entrance exams (NOTE: This pathway will only assess students based on the first two years of our degree sequence in conjunction with the transfer credits that the student brings. It will not assess students to test out of upper division coursework. Successful completion of all of these exams would allow a student to begin their study here as a junior-level music major.):

  • Music Theory/Aural Skills Entrance Exams:This test will be a graduated test. It will include material from all four semesters of Music Theory in increasing order. A student will need to complete each representative section to successfully test out of that level of music theory. The Aural Skills portion will assess the student’s level of sight singing and musical dictation in the same way.

  • Music History Entrance Exam: This test will be in two parts representing each class of music history (Ancient Greece-Baroque & Classical-Modern Day)

  • Piano Class Entrance Exam: The current Piano Class diagnostic exam will be used to determine how much, if any, of the piano classes will be waived.

  • Entrance Audition: The entry audition will allow the faculty in that particular instrumental area to determine the proper skill level of the student and what at what level of applied lessons they are able to begin and further. The audition, combined with actual ensemble credits transferred in, will also be used to determine how many, if any, lower-division ensembles may be waived.

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Music Majors Only

Chancellor's Music Award - $3000 per year

Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; Participation in All-State and/or other exemplary musical experiences such as Interlochen, Governor’s School for the Arts, Top Tier DCI or WGI participation, National Youth Orchestra, Significant Soloist Competition Winner, etc. Exceptional audition required.

Honor Music Award - $1500 per year

Eligibility: Minimum ACT score of 22 and a 2.75 GPA; Participation in All Region and/or other honors music experiences may be considered. Excellent audition required.

Legacy Music Scholarships and Awards - Up to $2000 per year

The department of music grants more than 20 named scholarships and awards for outstanding musicians who fit the specific criterion. For more information, please ask the applied studio professor and/or the department chair.

UTM High School Solo Competition Winners - Up to $1000 per year

Competition winners who choose to attend UTM as a music major will receive a scholarship up to an additional $1,000 per year. Competitions are hosted at events such as Honor Band, Woodwind Day, Brass Day, and Death by Voice.


Music Majors and Minors Only

Music Service Scholarship - Up to $1000 per year

Eligibility: Acceptance to UT Martin and satisfactory audition required.
Participation in assigned ensembles and/or accompanying for pianists required.


Other Financial Resources (All Students Eligible)

Ensemble Participation Awards - Amount varies

Campus musicians are eligible for ensemble participation awards. Please visit our application page for audition information (link utm.edu/music/audition . Every student who participates in Athletic Bands receive a scholarship.

Athletic Band Awards - Amount varies

Every student who participates in the Skyhawk Marching Band WILL receive a scholarship.

Departmental Service Positions - $10 per hour - total stipend is based on each position

Service positions are available, including, but not limited to the following areas: photography, video editing, graphic design, social media, and piano accompanying. Applications for service positions open at the beginning of each semester. All music majors and minors are eligible to apply.

Work Study Positions Available - contingent upon FAFSA eligibility

Visit utm.edu/studentemployment for more information.

Academic & Other Scholarships

UT Martin provides more than $32 million in scholarships and grants each year, so make sure to check out these resources!

Scholarship Finder: www.utm.edu/departments/finaid/scholarships.php.

Scholarships for out of state/transfer students: utm.edu/advantage.


UTM Martin applications must be submitted no later than February 1 in order to receive full consideration for academic scholarships.

Ed Sargent Entrepreneurship Scholarship

UTM Music Alumnus Ed Sargent was 4 days from his last final exam in May of 1982 when offered the opportunity of a lifetime for a chance to go out on the road with acclaimed jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. More than 30 years later, Ed has now worked with some of the biggest names in the Music Business. Ed is currently the Tour Manager for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, handling the day to day operations for all headline and touring events.


The band is gearing up for a big Summer run across the outdoor shed venues with 80’s icons Tesla and Styx. While serving the Blackhearts in the Tour Manager capacity, the band has also toured with the Foo Fighters, the Who, Heart, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Boston, Def Leppard, Cyndi Lauper and a host of other acts… Ed’s love for UTM Music and the influential role it has played in his life is obvious. This scholarship in Ed’s name will be presented to a student who needs financial assistance in pursuing a valuable opportunity in the field of music business and/or the music industry at large. Up to $500 will be awarded. The amount is subject to the need and quality of the proposal made by the applicant. Students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities and other “hands-on” experiences for this scholarship.


Music and Academic Awards may be combined.

Please contact Dr. Julie Hill, Chair, Department of Music at jhill@utm.edu or call 731-881-7418 for more information.



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If you have any questions, please contact us at (731) 881-7402.

Department of Music

108 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Rd.

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7402


Dr. Julie Hill, Chair