Future Students

If you’re interested in making music in college, UTM has a place for you! Your first decision is how active you want to be:

  • Major in music (music education, music performance, music pedagogy, or B.A. in music)
  • Minor in music
  • Play in ensembles

Next, let us know that you’re interested! Fill out this form or email Dr. Brady Spitz to introduce yourself!

 

If you’re interested in pursuing music at UTM, you should come experience music at UTM! You can explore our new music building and work with our faculty at these annual events:

  • Honor Band (January): Join us for this 350+ person event featuring four honor bands! Open to students from middle school through high school, by application.
  • Junior/Senior Day (Presidents’ Day every February): Be a music major/minor for a day! Sit in on classes, meet current students, and get answers to your questions. Open to all juniors and seniors interested in majoring or minoring in music.
  • Chamber Fest (spring): Play with other outstanding high school musicians in a chamber music setting. Open by audition and invitation. Click here for more information about the UTM Chamber Fest.

Click here for more information about UTM Department of Music events.

 

Email Dr. Brady Spitz and request a free lesson. You will have an opportunity to experience what life is like as a UTM Percussion Major. In your email, be sure to include your name, grade, and what music you’d like to bring to your lesson.

 

UT Martin offers Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees, as well as a music minor. Each prospective student is required to play a solo audition (suggested repertoire below) and participate in a short interview with the percussion faculty. The Music Education degree requires an additional interview with the Music Education faculty.

 

Instruments will be provided for both the warm-up and audition. Students should bring their own sticks, mallets, and purchased original copies of sheet music/method books.

 

Be prepared to ask thoughtful questions. There will be time before and/or after the audition for you and your parents to speak with us about the program. It is important to know that we are not necessarily looking for the best players, but rather the students with the most potential – being conscientious, mature, and goal-oriented are highly valued qualities.

 

The most important rule to remember is to choose music you are passionate about! Music performed at a high level will always outshine difficult music played unmusically.

 

Apply for Admissions and Schedule and Audition

Music Performance

Snare Drum

  • Concert etude/solo required (Peters, Cirone, Vic Firth, Delecluse, or equivalent)
  • Rudimental etude/solo required (Wilcoxon, Pratt, or equivalent)
  • Orchestral Excerpts optional
  • Sight reading

Keyboard (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone)

  • 2 mallet solo/etude required (Zivkovic, Goldenberg, Hatch, Koshinski, Green, or equivalent)
  • 4 mallet solo required (Abe, Sammut, Peters, Smadbeck, Schmitt, Stout, or equivalent)
  • Orchestral Excerpts optional
  • 2 mallet sight reading

Timpani

  • Demonstrate tuning ability
  • Etude/Solo required (Lepak, Vic Firth, Goodman, Carroll, or equivalent)
  • Orchestral Excerpts optional

Optional

  • Drumset (Styles: Rock, Funk, Swing, Latin)
  • Multi-percussion (submitted with a URL to video recording)
  • World Percussion (congas, djembe, frame drum, steel pan, etc…)

Music Education

Snare Drum

  • Concert etude/solo required (Peters, Cirone, Vic Firth, Delecluse, or equivalent)
  • Rudimental etude/solo recommended (Wilcoxon, Pratt, or equivalent)
  • Sight reading

Keyboard (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone)

  • 2 mallet solo/etude required (Zivkovic, Goldenberg, Hatch, Koshinski, Green, or equivalent)
  • 4 mallet solo recommended (Abe, Sammut, Peters, Smadbeck, Schmitt, Stout, or equivalent)
  • 2 mallet sight reading

Choose at least ONE of the following

  • Timpani (Lepak, Vic Firth, Goodman, Carroll, or equivalent)
  • Drumset (Styles: Rock, Funk, Swing, Latin)
  • Multi-percussion (submitted with a URL to video recording)
  • World Percussion (congas, djembe, frame drum, steel pan, etc…)

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Snare Drum

  • Concert etude/solo required (Peters, Cirone, Vic Firth, Delecluse, or equivalent)
  • Rudimental etude/solo recommended (Wilcoxon, Pratt, or equivalent)
  • Sight reading

Keyboard (marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone)

  • 2 mallet solo/etude required (Zivkovic, Goldenberg, Hatch, Koshinski, Green, or equivalent)
  • 4 mallet solo recommended (Abe, Sammut, Peters, Smadbeck, Schmitt, Stout, or equivalent)
  • 2 mallet sight reading

Choose at least ONE of the following

  • Timpani (Lepak, Vic Firth, Goodman, Carroll, or equivalent)
  • Drumset (Styles: Rock, Funk, Swing, Latin)
  • Multi-percussion (submitted with a URL to video recording)
  • World Percussion (congas, djembe, frame drum, steel pan, etc…)

Music Minor

  • Snare Drum solo/etude
  • Keyboard solo/etude

Athletic Bands

All students can audition for the UTM Athletic bands. Placement auditions for non-music majors are held during the pre-season "Band Camp". Contact Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. John Oelrich or visit the Athletic Band Site for more information.

 

If you've been in All-Region Band, Orchestra, or Choir & have a 22 or higher on the ACT (and major in music), you automatically get a $1500/year music scholarship. If you've been in All-State Band, Orchestra, or Choir & have 22+ on the ACT (and major in music), your music scholarship doubles to $3000/year!

 

Plus, you're eligible for additional music & academic awards on top of either award. Click here to review scholarship information and requirements for the Department of Music and UT Martin Scholarships.

 

All of the scholarships below are exclusive to UT Martin percussion students and are in addition to any Department of Music or University Scholarships. The awards below recognize the outstanding achievements and hard work of those students who go above and beyond the expectations.

Emmons PASIC Scholarship - $2000

The Emmons PASIC Scholarship was started in honor of the UTM Percussion Studio winning the PASIC World Percussion Ensemble Competition in 2016. This scholarship is awarded as a one-time gift to two exceptional incoming freshman each year.

UTMPS-Vargason STRIVE Scholarship - $250-$500

The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Society and alumnus Mr. Daniel Vargason are proud to offer the UTMPS-Vargason STRIVE scholarship, which funds UTM percussion students interested in travel related research. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage percussion students to engage in research and creative activities, such as summer music festivals, camps, seminars, and research trips around the United States and internationally.

The Nancy Mathesen Percussion Award - $500

Presented to the most outstanding first year percussionist majoring in music. Qualities such as academic excellence, practice ethic, leadership, and fraternity are all taken into consideration. Nancy Mathesen was the first percussion teacher at UT Martin and retired after 38 years of service. David Coffey, Julie Hill, and Ed Sargent fund this award as a tribute to her legacy.

The Jeremy Devault Percussion Service Award - $500

Presented to a music major specializing in percussion. The recipient selected has demonstrated academic excellence, contributed to outstanding service and dedication to the UTM percussion studio. The award is funded by Beth Devault in memory of her son, Jeremy Devault. Jeremy was a UTM music education major specializing in percussion who lived each day with a mission of service and devotion to his peers and profession.

The CT Hill Award - $500

Presented to a music major specializing in percussion that has demonstrated academic excellence (3.0 minimum). The recipient selected has consistently demonstrated a positive attitude in all things and is committed to exemplary community service within the UTM percussion studio, music department, campus, and greater West TN community. Family and friends of CT Hill fund this award in memory of CT's incredible spirit, love of life, and his charitable heart.

The Andrew Hart Music Leadership Scholarship - $600

Presented to a senior percussionist majoring in music that has demonstrated academic excellence (3.0 minimum). The recipient has consistently demonstrated leadership within the UTM percussion studio, music department, campus, and greater West TN community. The recipient is the kind of student that takes tremendous pride in UTM and will be a strong alumnus and spokesperson for our university.

 

This award is funded by Andrew Hart, an alumnus of UT Martin, who wanted to honor students studying under Dr. Julie Hill. Dr. Hill’s passion for music, her students, and UTM is the reason so many alumni are proud of this university and its music programs.

 

You may contribute to either of these scholarships or if you can make a gift to the general percussion studies fund.

 

To make a donation please download this form

or contact:

 

Dana Prince, Development Office

dprince@utm.edu

731-881-7633