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Graduate Advising

It is the student's responsibility to fulfill all obligations as stated in the Guide to Graduate Study in Music, and the University of Tennessee Graduate Catalog.  Applied studio teachers serve as advisers for their students and generally, are the Committee Chair for the student's Graduate Committee. The Committee Chair should remind students of the following:

Pass all required review courses as early as possible.  Graduate assistants must pass review classes in the first semester they are offered.  Candidacy forms will be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies only after review courses have been passed with an A or B. NOTE:  Ear Training must be completed with a grade minimum of S on BOTH Melodic Dictation and Soprano/Bass Dictation before the Application to Candidacy may be submitted.

Comprehensive exams are scheduled only after the Candidacy form is filed and accepted by the Graduate School.

Musicology majors must pass the foreign language requirement before admission to candidacy.

The following forms must be turned in:

  • Admission to Candidacy form must be turned in the semester BEFORE student plans to graduate.  Graduate school deadlines are available on the Graduate Student Services website.
  • Recommended Arrangements for Final Exam must be turned in to the Graduate Secretary in the main Music Office at least two weeks before oral exam date. A photocopy of the approved Admission to Candidacy Form must be attached to the Recommended Arrangements document.
  • Diploma application and fee should be completed through MyUTK.  Graduate school deadlines are available on the Graduate Student Services website.

Duties of the Master's Committee Chair

Duties of the Master's Committee Chair include these major activities:

  • General Advising, the Comprehensive Exam, the Recital, the Thesis.
  • Collecting questions for and assisting with scheduling of Comprehensive Exams.
  • Assisting in scheduling of Recital and Pre-Recital hearings.
  • Reading and approving all thesis documents. 
  • Assisting with schedule of thesis defense.

Recital

  • Have student read the Graduate Recital section of the Guide to Graduate Study in Music.
  • Instruct student to fill out all forms concerning the recital, found HERE.
  • Scheduling recital and hearing:  With student, select date/time of recital hearing.  Have student notify committee IN WRITING of hearing and recital date/time/place. Be sure student submits program electronically no later than two weeks before the recital date.
  • Grade the recital.

Comprehensive Exams

  • Have student read the Comprehensive Exam section of the Guide to Graduate Study in Music.
  • Select written exam week with student.  Contact committee members to schedule oral exam times (consult Graduate School calendar for last day to take exams).
  • Discuss exam questions with committee members.
  • Remind student to turn in Recommended Arrangements for Final Exam to Graduate Secretary in the main Music Office, by two weeks before the exam.
  • Collect exam questions (a minimum of 3 questions) by the Friday before the exam is scheduled and submit to Graduate Secretary in the main Music Office NO LATER THAN 8:45 a.m. on the day of the exam.
  • Committee Chairs will receive a Pass/Fail form in their mailbox.  After the exam, take the completed form to the Graduate Secretary in the main Music Office.

Thesis

  • Have student submit Thesis Topic Approval form; approve the form.
  • Approve Master's Thesis Proposal prior to the initiation of research.
  • Read and approve thesis; examine student on its contents in oral thesis defense.  Thesis students list their Thesis defense date/time on the Recommended Arrangements for Final Exam form.

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