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Undergraduate Admission & Auditions

1. Apply to the University of Tennessee

  • November 1: Application deadline to be considered for competitive scholarships (Chancellor's Honors Program etc.)
  • December 15: Final application deadline for Undergraduate freshman students
  • April 1: Application deadline for Undergraduate international students
  • June 1: Application deadline for Undergraduate transfer students

Apply to UT

2. Audition for the School of Music

To be admitted to the School of Music as a music major or minor, you must audition.

Auditions for entry to the School of Music for Fall 2018

  • February 10, 2018: Undergraduate
  • February 17, 2018: Undergraduate

Auditions for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band - Non-music majors ONLY

  • February 24, 2018: Non-music majors
  • March 3, 2018: Non-music majors

Auditions are scheduled through getacceptd.com. A fee of $15 will be assessed for applications. An additional $10 fee will be assessed for students wishing to include a video or audio recording with their application.

Note: Video or audio recordings are optional for all undergraduate applicants, and required ONLY for Master of Music – Choral Conducting and Master of Music – Vocal Performance candidates.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the School of Music regarding your audition. Contact Lori Brown at 865-974-6134 or LBrown@utk.edu for more information.


Does your area of study have special audition requirements?

If you are only minoring (no music major or other music minor) in Music Theory, Music Composition, or Music Business, you do not need to audition on an instrument. You will only need to interview with faculty in your area. However, if you wish to take applied lessons anytime during your study, you will need to audition for the appropriate applied faculty and be accepted to their studio before you can register for lessons.

If you would like to study music education, you must complete a performance audition and an interview with a member of the music education faculty. This interview will determine whether you're accepted into music education classes.

Note: After completing two years of coursework, you will need to apply for admission to Teacher Education. Further details can be found under Music Education.

If you wish to major in Theory/Composition, you must interview with members of the Theory/Composition area on audition day.

If you would like to major in Music & Culture, you will need to interview with members of the Musicology area on audition day.

3. Reference Letters

Submit two reference letters online through the Vol In Progress admissions portal. At least one letter should be from a music teacher (e.g., a high school music teacher or a private instructor).

4. Audition and Scholarship Results

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

Scholarships offers will be mailed by April 1.

5. Take a Theory Placement Exam

Before entering the School of Music, you will take a music theory placement exam. This exam will be taken either before or at summer orientation, prior to registering for classes. This is an online exam covering only written theory concepts.

Note: If you have taken and passed the AP Theory Exam with a 4 or 5 you do not need to take this test.

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