Workshops & Clinics
The School of Music offers many workshops, clinics and conferences for students and musicians in the East Tennessee area:
Choir All-East Prep Clinic (August)
Each fall, the choral area provides a workshop to high school choral students in Tennessee to help them prepare for their All-East auditions. During the day-long clinic, the students are provided multiple opportunities to prepare for their audition and receive valuable vocal training. The preparatory clinic is always provided free of charge to all participants.
Viola Celebration (October)
An annual weekend event designed to explore and delight in all things viola. This weekend includes an exciting line-up of events, including a series of master classes with renowned violists, a practice seminar, Introduction to Alexander Technique class, faculty concert, and of course, the famous All-Viola Orchestra! There will also be a section geared specifically to young violists with a Suzuki class and performance opportunity on the Cox Auditorium Stage.
Instrumental Senior Clinic Workshop (November)
The University of Tennessee School of Music woodwind, brass, percussion and string areas present a FREE one day workshop designed to cover everything that a music student will need to successfully enjoy the Senior Clinic try-out procedure. The workshop includes sessions on scales, sightreading, practicing skills, instruments and equipment, and Senior Clinic music.
A series of workshop on topics pertinent to music educators. Classroom-tested materials and strategies are shared. Active participation and interaction with colleagues is encouraged. These workshops may qualify for in-service credit.
Recent workshops have included:
- Cultivating Singing in the Choral Ensemble and General Music Classroom
This morning workshop for teachers of singing and choirs in elementary and middle schools will explore techniques for cultivating an energized learning environment where choristers take ownership in the process. Believing that every child should have the opportunity to share in song, Orff-Schulwerk based singing and vocal development activities for the general music classroom conclude the day. A children’s choir will form the demonstration group.
Cello Workshop (February)
This annual three-day seminar for cellists and cello enthusiasts last year drew approximately 100 participants from 21 States. It features master classes, lectures, concerts, cello ensemble activities, and the final rounds of two TCW cello competitions.
Jazz Festival (February)
An annual event for Middle and High School bands. Participating bands have the opportunity to perform for a panel of experienced educators in a non-competitive environment and receive feedback on their performance in a clinic setting. The festival also presents master class opportunities for students, including sectional workshops for saxes, brass and rhythm led by members of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, and a jazz styles workshop by UT Jazz Faculty. The day concludes with a special concert featuring the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and UT Jazz Faculty.
Violin Workshop (March)
An annual event offers a weekend of learning and musical celebration to violinists of all ages and levels. Numerous violin workshops and activities will be led by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable violin pedagogues in the East Tennessee region. A grand gala closing concert will include performances by an all-violin orchestra, UTVF chamber ensemble, and the violin festival faculty.
The UT Trombone Symposium is a all-day workshop for trombonists of all ages. With masterclasses, lectures, recitals, and chamber music coaching sessions available to participants, the Symposium regularly features international guest artists. The day's festivities are concluded with a grand concert featuring Symposium participants and the UT Trombone Ensemble.
A day of workshops on topics such as tone production, intonation, equipment issues, reed work, tonguing, and new playing techniques. Students will participate in clarinet choir, saxophone choir, small ensembles, as well as have time for individual attention and fun. Guest artists and clarinet vendors will be present as well.
The UT Summer Percussion Institute is a week-long educational program designed to give high school percussionists hands-on experience in all of the various areas required for the 21st-century percussionist. The performance-intensive program puts students in-step with the UTSPI’s professional faculty while meeting other talented percussionists their age, enjoying UT’s beautiful campus, and having a taste of life as a student in Knoxville.
This biennial Symposium consists of workshops, research and performance sessions on music from a variety of cultures. Music cultures featured are African, African American, Appalachian, Caribbean, Chinese, Irish, Iraqi, Korean, Mexican American, Native American, Scottish, among others. The conference brings together international and national leaders who are specialists in multicultural music. Research sessions emphasize the role of music in culture within its historical context. The researchers reflect on the diversity of the music field and highlight the new innovations in the study of music cultures.
Horn in Focus! is a one-day french horn workshop sponsored by the University of Tennessee School of Music for aspiring (and arrived) horn-players – high-school or older. It is free of charge and open to the public.