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What IS a Music Major!?

Have you ever wondered what you can do with a music degree once you graduate from college?  Whether you are exploring multiple majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this site will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about the typical career areas and the types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. 


Your Next Steps to Be a Music Major...

So, you have decided you want to come to UTC and major in music? We are thrilled that you have decided to join us. However, before you can be a music major, there are a few steps you have to take whether you are enrolling as a Freshman, a transfer student, or a UTC student who is changing his major. Use this checklist to make sure you cover all your bases.


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Step 1: Enroll in UTC

We have a whole department that deals with enrolling in UTC: the ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT. They have several people on staff who can answer any question you might have about enrolling.

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Step 2: Declare your major

Every student who enrolls in the Music Department, whether they are a freshman, a transfer student, or a current student changing their major,will be enrolled as a "Pre-Music" Major. Yes, we know that the UTC Application does not list "Pre-Music" major in their list of majors. It's ok to put "Music" as your intended major on the application. A Pre-Music major is just someone who has not yet met all our requirements to be declared a music major. You'll be there soon enough!

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Step 3: Prepare your audition

Every student who enrolls in the Music Department must perform a live audition in front of some of the music department faculty. You and your private teacher should take a look at our AUDITION REQUIREMENTS and select pieces for you to perform at your audition. Once you select these, practice them until they are as close to perfect as you can achieve. 

NOTE: Incoming juniors and seniors are expected to prepare for upper-division (3000 or 4000 level) auditions. These students should consult with a professor about additional audition requirements for upper level admission.

Step 4: Schedule your audition

You must contact the Music Department office to schedule an audition. If you are wanting to audition for a performance grant, you may complete the online audition request form. Please see the AUDITION page for the audition dates.

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Step 5: Pass a Music Theory Exam

All incoming freshmen and sophomore students must take the Music Theory Diagnostic Exam - a placement test indicating that you are ready for college-level music theory. Students transferring as juniors or above must take the Sophomore Theory Proficiency Examination. These tests will be given on the Spring audition dates, at summer Orientation, and on the Friday before fall classes begin.


Now am I a Music Major?

Maybe. If you do not perform adequately on your audition, you may be assigned further study on your chosen instrument at the 1000 or 2000 level. If you fail to make the minimum score on the Theory Diagnostic Exam, you must complete a music fundamentals course with a grade of C or better. Until these deficiencies are corrected, you will remain a Pre-Music Major. Once you have successfully passed the audition and the Theory Diagnostic Exam, the Music Department will notify the Registrar to classify you as a Music Major.
If you have questions about any step of this process, please contact the Music Department by phone at 423-425-4601, by email at

Other Questions?

The Music Department offers around 80 concerts during the fall and spring terms, most of which are free. The concerts include performances by our own distinguished faculty, student recitals, ensemble performances, and guest artists. See our calendar of events for upcoming concert information including times, location, and cost, if any.or stop by the Fine Arts Center room 308 and request an appointment to discuss your questions.
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