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Undergraduate Advising

How do I get advised?

Brendan McConville
Brendan McConville
Director of Undergraduate Studies

All music majors are assigned advisors based on their degree program (see “Who is my Advisor” below). Students are encouraged to schedule an advising conference with their advisor each semester they are enrolled in school. Most academic advising is accomplished through the student's advisor, but, when necessary, academic questions may be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brendan McConville after consulting with your academic advisor. Music Education majors are required to schedule advising meetings each semester except during their student teaching, and students in all other programs are required to meet with their advisor each semester until they have completed 30 credit hours at UT, at which time they will be required to meet one semester per academic year.
A typical advising conference will provide: 

  • A thorough consideration of all aspects of the student's educational experience at the university.
  • A review and evaluation of the student's overall progress toward a degree. Students will review their DARS report and graduation timeline with the advisor.
  • A detailed outline of the courses for which the student is to register in the succeeding semester.
  • Answers to questions the student may have concerning policies, degree requirements, etc.

At the end of the advising conference the student will be released for registration. The student can then register via MyUTK. All notes from the meeting and the student’s schedule for the upcoming semester will be posted in the Vol Academic Connect portal (Navigate), found with the menus on MyUTK

Students are also welcome to set up advising appointments outside of the normal semesterly advising schedule (i.e. in October or March) to discuss potential changes to their program, academic plans, or any other relevant concerns.

Any questions concerning this process should be directed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Music or the College of Arts & Sciences Advising Office (313 Ayres Hall).

See Also: Academic Calendar for important dates for registration

Who is my Advisor?

Music majors and minors are advised by members of the music faculty. You are assigned an advisor according to your major. (See the list below.) If you are a music education major, please see a music education advisor.

Music Education - Instrumental David Royse
Music Education - Vocal Loneka Willkinson
Musicology/Music and Culture Rachel Golden
All other majors Melinda Crecilius-Lanham
If you can't contact your advisor, please see the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies for help.

Do I need to be advised each semester?

The official rule on who needs to be advised is found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

Prior to advance registration, all degree-seeking students who have earned fewer than 30 hours at UT, are on Academic Probation, or have not declared a major within a specific college (exploratory, pre-major, interest major) are required to meet with an advisor during each main term of the academic year (i.e., during fall and spring). All other students are required to consult with an advisor for a substantial conference during a designated term each year. However, students are encouraged to consult with a college or major advisor at any point during a term or academic year. Students whose ID numbers end in an even digit are required to meet with an advisor during fall semester. Students whose ID numbers end in an odd digit are required to meet with an advisor during spring semester.

I am having a problem registering for lessons, theory or piano class. What do I do?

If you get an error when registering for applied music, theory, or piano class, it may be because your major is not declared as music. You can check your own profile on the computer or check with your advisor to see if you are a declared music major or minor. If you are not declared as a major, check with the Music Office to change your major.

What is a DARS report?

The DARS report is an evaluation of how a student stands with respect to meeting the requirements for graduation.  If there are items on the report that students believe to be inaccurate or confusing, it is recommended that they see their advisor.  Correcting the record will prevent problems in verifying the completion of degree requirements.  Students can access their DARS report through MyUTK.

What do I need to do to remain a music major?

In order to remain a Music Major, students must maintain progress toward the degree by taking at least one course required in the degree plan (other than applied lessons or ensemble) each semester.

The School of Music faculty have outlined the proper order in which the required music courses should be taken. This order was not arbitrarily derived, but was based upon a pedagogical sequence of knowledge and skills over the course of study.  The student should consult this plan, listed under Majors A-Z of The Undergraduate Catalog

Need more information?

There is lots of information online at the Arts and Sciences advising web site. There you will find more information on AP/IB/CLEP credit, calculating GPAs, removing high school deficiencies, transfer credits, petitions and other forms, study abroad,  and the Hope scholarship.

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