Admission, Audition, and Placement
Students admitted to the university intending to major in Music are classified initially as Pre-Music majors. They must perform a live audition on their primary applied instrument or voice and complete either a Music Theory Diagnostic Examination (freshmen) or Sophomore Theory Proficiency Examination (transfers) in order to be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music degree programs.
Entering students will perform their audition on the spring audition dates or on the Friday before classes begin each semester. Current UTC students may audition on semester-end performance juries. The Music Theory Diagnostic Exam is a placement test indicating whether the student is prepared for college-level music theory. This exam is administered on spring audition dates, at summer Orientation sessions and on the Friday before classes begin in the fall semester. Students transferring to UTC as juniors must take the Sophomore Theory Proficiency Examination and audition for upper-level applied study (3000- or 4000-level) if pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree.
The Music Division will notify students of the results of the audition and diagnostic exam. Students who are successful in both areas will be admitted as Music majors and the Registrar will be officially notified. Students who meet with partial success must remain Pre-Music majors. Deficiencies in applied performance must be addressed through appropriate applied study at the 1000- or 2000-level. They must later re-audition for admission to the major. Students who do not achieve the required minimum score on the Theory Diagnostic Exam must complete a Theory Fundamentals course with a grade of C or better before they will be admitted as a Music major.
All Music faculty members are available for consultation and advice. However, music majors must consult with the academic advisor for their degree program prior to each registration period, and when a change in schedule or course of study is desired.