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The department of music offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a major in Music and the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees. The B.M. degree provides five concentrations: vocal music education, instrumental music education, vocal music performance, instrumental music performance, and theory/composition.

The B.A. degree is offered for students who desire a strong liberal arts backgroundwith a major in music. Approximately one third of the four year B.A. program is in music, and numerous elective hours outside the department permit study in other academic areas. The B.M. degree is a more concentrated course of study in the major area. Approximately two thirds of the four-year program is in music. The B.M. degree in music education is appropriate for students who plan to teach music in elementary, middle, or high schools. It combines general education with music content and teaching methodology in a highly structured course of study. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded teaching certification upon graduation. All music degree programs represent appropriate preparation for graduate study.

The department also offers Music minors in one of three areas: music performance,theory, or composition. These minors are designed for students who have an avocational interest in music or they may assist in development of competencies required for another course of study.

Typical Programs

Each degree program requires courses in general education as follows:

  • Rhetoric and Composition (6 hours)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (6 hours)
  • Natural Sciences (7-8 hours)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
  • Cultures and Civilizations (9 hours)
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 hours)
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  • Minimum total hours= 41 hours

Additional Requirements (other than music):

  • B.A. degrees also require 2 years of foreign language and a minimum of 18 hours in a minor.
  • B.M. in Music Education concentrations require six hours in Psychology or Early Childhood, and 21 hours in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.
  • Music courses comprise the remainder of the minimum 120 hours required for completion of a Bachelors degree program. For full details of course requirements, see the UTC Catalog.

Applicants must:

  • Enroll as a Pre-Music Major
  • Perform a live audition on their primary applied instrument or voice
  • Complete a Music Theory Diagnostic or Proficiency Exam

On passing the examination and audition a student will be classified as a Music Major. Failure to pass the audition requires one to complete appropriate applied study at the 1000 or 2000-level. Failure to achieve the minimum score on the Diagnostic Exam requires one to complete a music fundamentals course with a grade of C or better. Students whose performance on the audition and the exam indicates no real potential for success in the major will be counseled to seek other majors.