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All students wishing to major or minor in music must:

Be Admitted to UT

Apply to the University of Tennessee via the Vol In Progress portal.


  • November 1: Application due to UT for to be considered for competitive scholarships
(Chancellor's Honors Program etc.)
  • December 1: Undergraduate Freshman Students: final deadline!
  • April 1: Undergraduate International students
  • June 1: Undergraduate Transfer students

Your admission to the School of Music is contingent upon your admission to UT!

Audition for the School of Music

  1. To be admitted to the School of Music as a music major or minor, new music students (freshman and transfer) must perform a successful audition in applied music. For a band audition, see the band website.

    Note: Students who are only minoring (no music major or other music minor) in Music Theory, Composition and Music Business do not need to audition on an instrument; these minors only need to interview with faculty in the area. However, if students in these minors want to take applied lessons anytime during their study, they must audition for the appropriate applied faculty and be accepted to that studio before registering for lessons.

    Auditions for entry to the School of Music for Fall 2016 will be held:

    • February 13, 2016: Undergraduate
    • February 20, 2016: Undergraduate

    Auditions for non-majors or minors wishing to be in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band:

    • February 27, 2016: Non-Major Band

    All auditions are held at:
    Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
    Knoxville, TN 37996

    Application form:
    To sign up for an audition, click here or on “Application form” to the right.
    Note: Please indicate on the form only primary and secondary instruments on which you want to audition.

    Audition repertoire:
    For information on what to prepare, click on "Audition Repertoire"

    You may see your request, audition time, and audition and scholarship results online by going to MyUTSOM. Sign in using your student account/password and then your name/passcode.
    (Note: If you need help accessing your info, please contact

  2. Arrange to have two Reference letters sent to UT. At least one reference letter should be from a music teacher (e.g., a high school music teacher or a private instructor). Your reference letters can be submitted online through the UT "Vol In Progress" (VIP) admissions portal.

  3. Complete and submit the online student information form. This form will provide us with important information on your background, interests and prospective degree program.

Interview with the Music Education, Theory/Composition or Musicology Faculty

Music Education

Students entering any one of four emphases in music education must complete the same audition procedures as performance majors as well as complete an interview with a member of the music education faculty. This interview will determine whether the student is allowed to begin taking classes in music education.

Note: Once admitted to UT and after completing normally two years of coursework, students will apply for admission to Teacher Education. Admission requirements include:

  • successful completion of specified course work
  • a speech and hearing test
  • minimum scores on the ACT or PRAXIS I
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in music
  • an overall GPA of at least 2.75

(See the Music Education Handbook for details about admission requirements).

To be fully admitted to teacher education, candidates are interviewed by an appointed Music Education Admissions Board. Upon receiving the positive recommendation from the Board, students are permitted to take required upper division education courses.

Students who pursue the music education curriculum are subject to all rules and regulations of the Teacher Education Program, which is housed in the College of Education, notwithstanding the fact that their degree will be awarded from the College of Arts and Sciences. Each student in music education is assigned an advisor from the Music Education Faculty. Further information about the Music Education Program may be obtained from the Coordinator of Music Education. Meetings in which important information for music education majors is discussed are held each year. It is important that students attend such meetings.

Theory/Composition Admission

Entering freshmen (or transfer students) desiring to be theory/composition majors must interview with members of the theory/composition area on the audition day. Students admitted to the theory/composition degree programs will attend composition solo class each semester.

Music & Culture Admission

Entering freshmen (or transfer students) desiring to be Music & Culture majors must interview with members of the musicology area on the audition day.

Take a Theory Placement Exam

Before entering the School of Music, all students will take a music theory placement examination. This exam will be taken after acceptance to the School and before registration for Fall classes (either before or at summer orientation). The exam is an online exam covering only written theory concepts. The results of the theory placement test will determine the student's placement in theory.

Note: Students that have taken and passed the AP Theory Exam with a 4 or 5 need not take this test. A 4 or 5 on this test counts for Theory I at UT.

Transfer Credit

After admission, transfer students will receive an evaluation of their transcript. The assigned adviser in the School of Music will provide consultation on any questions about the evaluation and will help plan the course of study.

Audition Results

Audition results will be sent by US mail by March 15.

Scholarships offers will be mailed by April 1.


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