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Admission to the School of Music Graduate Program

Applicants for admission to Master's degree programs and Artist Certificates in music must have completed an undergraduate degree in music roughly equivalent to those conferred by the University of Tennessee.
Admission to a graduate degree program is determined jointly by the Graduate School, music faculty in the appropriate area of concentration, and the Director for Graduate Studies in Music.

Consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information. For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Morgan Moody.

We will now be offering both in-person AND virtual auditions. Please carefully read the instructions below to determine which format you would prefer.

Both in-person and virtual auditions will occur on the same days, listed below.
- Saturday, January 29, 2022 (Graduate – Vocal Area Only)
- Saturday, February 5, 2022 (All Graduate)
- Saturday, February 12, 2022 (Undergraduate, graduate by request only)
- Saturday, February 19, 2022 (Undergraduate, graduate by request only)

  • All applicants, except for Composition, Conducting, Music Theory, and Musicology must audition on their primary instrument.
  • In-Person auditions: You do not need to upload audition videos to your application (unless your area requires a pre-screen). The application fee for an in-person audition is $25.
    • Areas requiring pre-screens: Conducting, Composition, Music Theory, Tuba/Euphonium, and Voice. Applicants in these areas must upload their pre-screen materials at the time of School of Music application submission.
  • Virtual auditions: You must pre-record your audition repertoire and submit your audition materials with your application on Acceptd. If your area requires a pre-screen, you only need to submit videos of the pre-screen materials. If you progress past the pre-screen round, you will be required to submit additional audition videos AND complete a live, virtual audition or interview on one of the audition dates above. The application fee for a virtual audition/interview is $55.

TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC:

  1. Apply to the UT Graduate School.
    Information on admission procedures can be found on the Graduate School website.
    Submit ONLY the following directly to the University of Tennessee Graduate School Admissions Office by December 15, 2021:  
    • Graduate Application for Admission
    • $60 application fee
    • One official transcript from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be official transcripts sent from school to school.
    • If you are majoring in musicology, you may submit GRE scores. These are optional and not required.
    • If your native language is not English, send official scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • International students must follow the Admission Guide for International Students

  2. No other documentation should be submitted to the Graduate School.

  3. Apply to the School of Music Graduate Program via Acceptd:   

  4. Graduate Audition Repertoire

    Auditions and interviews are scheduled through getacceptd.com.
    Applications and audition videos for areas requiring a pre-screen are due on December 15, 2021. You will be notified by early January if you have passed the pre-screen round.
    • Areas requiring pre-screens: Conducting, Composition, Music Theory, Tuba/Euphonium, and Voice. Applicants in these areas must upload their pre-screen materials at the time of School of Music application submission.
    • Auditions/interviews will be scheduled once you have passed the pre-screening.

    Applications for all other areas are due February 1, 2022.

    Indicate your preferred virtual interview date on your Acceptd application
    • Saturday, January 29, 2022 (Graduate – Vocal Area Only)
    • Saturday, February 5, 2022 (All Graduate)
    • Saturday, February 12, 2022 (Undergraduate, graduate by request only)
    • Saturday, February 19, 2022 (Undergraduate, graduate by request only)

    Upload the following items to your Acceptd application:
    • Pre-screen materials (if applicable). Additional details regarding pre-screen requirements may be found below.
    • Audition videos ONLY IF AUDITIONING VIRTUALLY. If you choose to audition in-person, you do not need to attach audition videos.
    • Scholarly writing sample (REQUIRED) All applicants must submit a scholarly writing sample considered to be representative of their writing skill on a music research topic. This sample may be an essay previously written for an upper-division course. The typed document should follow a recognized style manual and demonstrate ability in critical thinking, appropriate research techniques, and skill in the cogent use of English. Note: International students should personally translate all of the above documents into English.
    • Personal statement of education and career goals (REQUIRED) Applicants must submit a one-page typed personal statement of education and career goals. Note: International students should personally translate all of the above documents into English.
    • 2 letters of recommendation are REQUIRED (3 if you are applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship)
      • For applicants in performance, one letter must be from the studio teacher.
      • For applicants in academic areas, one letter must be from a professor in the academic area.
      • You may use the Graduate Rating Form provided or have your references draft a separate letter of recommendation. These letters may be the same ones as those used to support your application for a graduate assistantship (see below).
      • For the Graduate Assistantship Form, please click here.
    • Required submissions specific to your area of study If needed, contact the appropriate area coordinator for more information.
      • Knoxville Opera Studio applicants must submit a graduate assistantship application form. Once you pass the pre-screening, your audition will be scheduled.
      • Collaborative Piano applicants must submit a complete list of repertoire (solo and collaborative), along with a CV detailing collaborative and ensemble experience. You can find audition repertoire HERE.
      • Both Composition MM applicants and Theory MM applicants must upload the writing sample, a personal statement, and 3 letters of recommendation. Composition applicants must additionally upload at least two (preferably three) compositions with recordings (midi files are acceptable). Include pieces that show your ability to write for diverse instrumentations. Preliminary round decisions for MM composition and MM theory applicants will be made by December 20. All the above required materials must be uploaded to Acceptd by December 15. Those passing the preliminary round will be invited for an interview/audition.
      • Conducting (instrumental and choral) applicants must upload a pre-screening video of both rehearsal and performance by December 15. Auditions will be scheduled after passing the pre-screening.
      • Tuba and Euphonium applicants must upload the following preliminary recorded round to Acceptd by December 15:
        • Euphonium: Jacob "Fantasia", complete. Piano accompaniment preferred but not required.
        • Tuba: Any Snedecor Low Etude, Book 1 or Book 2 and Vaughan Williams "Concerto for Tuba", Mvt. 1. Piano accompaniment preferred but not required.
      • Vocal Performance applicants must upload 3 songs (a combination of arias and art songs) in 3 different languages (Italian, French, German, and English). This may be a sound or video recording of a recent performance.

      Graduate Teaching Assistantship applicants must:
      • Submit a Graduate Assistantship form.
      •  Submit a total of 3 letters of recommendation (instead of the normal 2 letters). See above for more information regarding the recommendation letters.
      • Submit a statement that briefly describes your professional goals and how a graduate assistantship would support those goals.
      • Submit a curriculum vita (CV).
      • GA requirements specific to your area of study:
        • Theory/Composition: In order to be considered for a theory Graduate Teaching Assistantship, you must virtually interview and complete a teaching audition. You will submit a teaching demonstration video with your application by the December 15 deadline. At the interview, you will be asked about your background, interests, teaching experiences, and future plans. We will also discuss your teaching from the video. Please teach a 10-minute lesson on melodic or dictation. For further information, click here.

        Pre-screening Process
        • Theory/Composition: Preliminary round decisions for MM composition and MM theory applicants will be made by December 20. All above required materials must be uploaded to Acceptd by December 15. Theory MM students must upload only the writing sample, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Composition MM students must upload the same materials plus their scores and audio files. Those passing the preliminary round will be invited for an interview/audition in February.

  5. Complete your audition/interview:
    • If auditioning virtually, you will be asked to interview with the appropriate faculty member in addition to submitting an audition video. Some areas require an additional, live, virtual audition in addition to your pre-recorded materials. Please contact the applied faculty member in your area for specific requirements.
    • Auditions and interviews will be scheduled in late January – February. You will be notified of your audition time (both in-person or virtual) at this time.

Non-Degree Admission

Application for non-degree status may be made by those who, for example:

  • do not desire to pursue a degree program
  • have already received an advanced degree
  • need additional time to fulfill application requirements for a degree program.

See the Graduate Catalog for details.

Transfer Credit

If approved, by the appropriate area faculty, as much as one-third of the total hours required for a Master's degree (generally, 11 hours) may be transferred from other institutions.

Transferred courses must have been completed within the six-year period prior to receipt of the degree.

Transferred courses will be placed on the student's UT transcript only after admission to candidacy, but students should seek evaluation of such courses immediately after their first semester of study.

To be transferred into a master’s degree at UT, a course must:

  • Be taken for graduate credit.
  • Be a course transcribed for graduate credit and in which the student earned at least a grade of B.
  • Not have been used for a previous degree.
  • Be approved by the student’s graduate committee and the Dean of the Graduate School on the Admission to Candidacy form.

Please see the UT Graduate Catalog for additional information.

Other requirements for transferring credit can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

For evaluation of courses regarding transfer credit, please use the appropriate form below:


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