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There’s a spark inside you, boundless potential waiting to be explored. Whatever your musical passion may be, the School of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is here to help you shine. 

The School of Music family consists of more than 300 students and more than 60 internationally-known faculty. Our world-class instructors give you the personal attention you need to refine your musical skills. Energetic ensembles provide dynamic performance opportunities. Our academic programs will put you on the right path to achieving your goals.

Auditions & Covid-19:
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is of utmost importance to us. Due to COVID-19, the application and audition process for the School of Music will be different this year. Please see below for the complete process. You must submit a pre-recorded audition video and attend a virtual interview with our faculty. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Foster.

Undergraduate Applicants:

To be considered for any Bachelor’s degree program at the UT School of Music, you must:

  1. Apply to the University of Tennessee
    • November 1: deadline to be considered for competitive University-wide scholarships
    • December 15: final deadline for Undergraduate freshmen and Volunteer Scholarship
    • April 1: deadline for international Undergraduate students
    • June 1: deadline for Undergraduate transfer students
  2. Record your Audition.
    • Please visit music.utk.edu for a list of audition repertoire.
  3.  Apply to the UT School of Music via Acceptd as soon as possible or two weeks before your interview date.
**Note that the University Application Deadline is Dec. 15. You MUST apply to the University AND the School of Music to be considered for admission into music degrees.**
  • Complete your application at getacceptd.com
  • Choose your interview date.
    • Although your audition is pre-recorded, we still want a chance to meet you and get to know you. Therefore, we are asking all applicants to attend a live interview, in addition to your pre-recorded audition materials. Once your video is submitted, you will be assigned a specific time for your interview.
  • Attach your pre-recorded audition to your application.
  • Submit your application to the School of Music. Applications and audition videos are due one week prior to your chosen audition date
    Example: if you choose to interview on February 20, you must submit your application & video by February 13.
  • Recommended but not required: One letter of recommendation from a music teacher.  On your application, you will be asked to provide the email address of a music teacher who will then be contacted about providing a recommendation.  If one of the recommendation letters you used for your UTK application was from a music teacher, you do not need to request another on Acceptd.
  • Recommended but not required: attach your resumé.
  • You will be asked to choose your preferred audition date before submitting your application.
4. Attend a live virtual interview:
  • February 6, 2021: Undergraduate music majors & applied music minors
  • February 13, 2021: Undergraduate music majors & applied music minors
  • February 20, 2021: Undergraduate music majors & applied music minors

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions & Auditions page for more application information and audition repertoire.

Undergraduates: For more information, or if you have missed the application deadline, contact Megan Foster at 865-974-6134 or mbrooke1@utk.edu.


Graduate Applicants:

To be considered for any Graduate program at the UT School of Music, you must:

1. Apply to the University of Tennessee Graduate School

    • December 15, 2020: Deadline to apply to the UT Graduate School

2. Apply to the UT School of Music via Acceptd

February 1, 2021: UT School of Music Graduate Application Deadline (percussion, voice, theory/composition - Dec. 15 deadline for pre-screen)

    • Upload your audition videos
    • Indicate your preferred interview date on your Acceptd application
      • January 30, 2021: Graduate Vocal Only
      • February 6, 2021: All Graduate
      • February 13, 2021: All Graduate (no Graduate Voice)
      • February 20, 2021: All Graduate (no Graduate Voice, no Graduate Theory/Composition)
      • March 6, 2021: Graduate Vocal Only
    • At the end of your application, be sure to upload the following:
      • A scholarly writing sample (REQUIRED)
      • A personal statement of education and career goals (REQUIRED)
      • 2 letters of recommendation are REQUIRED (3 letters if you're applying for a Graduate Assistantship)
      • REQUIRED submissions specific to your area of study:
          • Knoxville Opera Studio applicants must submit a Graduate Assistantship Form
          • Collaborative Piano applicants must submit a complete list of repertoire (solo and collaborative), along with a CV detailing collaborative and ensemble experience. You can find audition repertoire HERE.
          • Both Composition MM applicants and Theory MM applicants must upload the writing sample, a personal statement, and the letters of recommendation. Composition applicants must additionally upload at least two (preferably three) compositions with recordings (midi files are acceptable). Include pieces that show your ability to write for diverse instrumentations. Preliminary round decisions for MM composition and MM theory applicants will be made by 12/20/20. All the above required materials must be uploaded to Acceptd by 12/15/20. Those passing the preliminary round will be invited for an interview/audition in February.
          • Conducting (instrumental and choral) applicants must upload a video of both rehearsal and performance.
          • Vocal Performance applicantmust upload 3 songs (a combination of arias and art songs) in 3 different languages (Italian, French, German, and English). This may be a sound or video recording of a recent performance.
          • Percussion MM Applicants must submit prescreening recordings and materials no later than December 15. Candidates who are invited to attend a live audition will be notified by January 1.
            • MM Candidates must submit video performance submissions using digital links posted to the web (Youtube or Vimeo, for example) with the following requirements: each work must be performed in full, with no editing within the movement or work; no post-production work such as reverb should be applied to the recordings; Videos should be submitted landscape mode, where relevant, not portrait. Performance requirements are the same as those listed for the live audition.
            • Applicants must also include a PDF resume or curriculum vitae, a PDF audition repertoire list detailing the items performed in the video, and a 2-5 minute video introducing yourself, your background, why you are interested in attending the University of Tennessee Percussion Studies program, and what you would like to take from your time on campus.
      • Graduate Assistantship applicants must:
        • Submit a Graduate Assistantship form.
        • Submit a total of 3 letters of recommendation (instead of the normal 2 letters). See above for more information regarding the recommendation letters.
        • Submit a statement that briefly describes your professional goals and how a graduate assistantship would support those goals.
        • Submit a curriculum vita (CV). For more information on writing a CV, click here.
        • GA requirements specific to your area of study:
          • Theory/Composition: In order to be considered for a theory GTA you must interview and complete a teaching audition. At the interview you will be asked about your background, interests, teaching experience, and future plans. At the teaching audition, you will teach a 10-minute lesson on one of the following topics: scales, intervals, or basic diatonic harmonic progressions. For further information, click here.
          • MM Percussion: Candidates who are interested in being considered for an assistantship may also be asked to teach a private lesson and are encouraged to include provide teaching footage via URL links in their application.
Students wishing to apply for graduate programs or certificates: please visit http://www.music.utk.edu/grad/admissions.php
For more information, or if you have missed the application deadline, contact Dr. Angela Batey at ABatey@utk.edu

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