An accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Music prepares majors for careers or graduate study in teaching, performing and related areas, and helps develop a lifelong enjoyment of music. Students seeking to major or minor in music are required to audition for acceptance. Regardless of major, all UT students are encouraged to perform in ensembles, enroll in music courses and take studio lessons.
Music majors choose one of four degree programs (performance, music education, liberal studies, musical theater) that prepare them for a career in music.
Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM)
- Degree provides an in-depth study of music with an emphasis on developing individual musicianship and technique in one performance area.
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BME)
- Degree is designed to prepare future teachers for group instruction in all areas of music for grades K-12. The program demands a high level of musical skills and knowledge following the philosophy that "Superior Teaching emerges from Superior Musicianship." The course of study includes psychology, management and leadership courses vital to effective music educators.
Bachelor of Arts in Music
A flexible approach to undergraduate level music study that combines traditional training in music theory, history and performance along with the ability to choose from a variety of electives that reflect the student's musical interests. A Bachelor of Arts degree in music may serve as a foundation for future graduate study in a particular music discipline, or as a primer for a career in music pedagogy, accompanying, directing, composition/arranging, therapy, performance or the music industry.
Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)
- Co-sponsored with the Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance, this program offers balanced training and experience in the three performance areas of musical theatre: music, drama and dance. Highlights include ensemble participation, staged productions, concert cabarets, workshops with established music artists, internships and a Senior Showcase performance.
Bachelor of Arts in New Media Production
(interdisciplinary) - Offered as an interdisciplinary program that includes courses in art, communication, information and technology management, music and writing. The program emphasizes design and production for interactivity and Web-based products for both commercial and artistic intent.
Minor in Music
- Recommended for students who wish to be involved with music and further their musical talents, but plan to major in another field of study. To potential employers, a Minor in Music suggests that a person has varied interests, meets personal goals (individual practice), has performance poise and is a "team player."