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Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy

This certificate is available to graduate students already in a Masters of Music program at the University of Tennessee or who already hold a Masters degree in Music. The program consists of 15 hours of coursework in analysis, music technology, music theory pedagogy, as well as a final teaching project. This program provides students with the knowledge and practical experience needed to teach high school or undergraduate music theory courses.


  1. All semester credit hours for the certificate must be from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  2. At least 3 credit hours for the certificate must be earned outside of the requirements of the degree(s) and other certificates.
  3. Since graduate certificates are university credentials, a student must apply through Graduate Admissions to the graduate certificate program.
  4. Students must be admitted to the certificate program prior to completing 6 credit hours toward the certificate. For this reason, this certificate should be added on to your program as early as possible during your study at UT.
  5. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average once in the program and complete the requirements of the certificate program as stated in the Graduate Catalog to be awarded the graduate certificate.

Admission Steps

  1. Contact Brendan McConville to confirm that you are applying to the program.
  2. For new student applications: apply to the Certificate Program; ensure you select “Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy.”
    For current students already in a master’s program: you must submit an online change of program. To do this, please click here.  Begin a new application and indicate that you are a currently enrolled graduate student to enable the application to be processed as a change of program. Then choose the term and the add-on certificate option. There are no recommendation letters required and there is no fee charged to add-on a certificate.
  3. You will receive an email from the Graduate School confirming your application was received. Remember that to be admitted into this program, you must meet the university entrance requirements for a certificate program (see Graduate catalog: Graduate Certificate Programs), interview with the theory faculty and have passed the Graduate Theory Diagnostic test or Music Theory 400: Graduate Theory Review.  The department will review your application and you will receive a final notice of approved/denied admission.

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