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Auditions FAQ: Undergraduate students

Will auditions be in-person or virtual this year?

Both! You can audition in-person or virtually. The process is slightly different, depending on which format you choose. If you choose to audition virtually, you will need to attach your pre-recorded audition videos to your Acceptd application. Please see our Undergraduate Admissions page for full instructions.

Note: virtual auditions will still have a live component on our listed audition dates.

Which audition format should I choose?

All auditions will be considered equally, regardless of which format you choose. You will not be penalized in any way for auditioning virtually. However, an in-person audition is suggested, simply because it gives you a chance to see our School, interact with our faculty, and meet current students. We’ll also have morning informational meetings that will cover topics like your major, your studio, and financial aid.

How do I apply for a music major?

You must apply BOTH to the University of Tennessee and to the School of Music via Acceptd.

What are the deadlines for admission?

The priority deadline for admission to UT is November 1st. The undergraduate deadline for admission to UT is December 15. The deadline for the School of Music application is February 1.

Who needs to audition?

All students who intend to major in music must complete an audition, except for those who choose to pursue the BA in Music Business Administration. An audition is optional for this program.

What about music minors?

Only applied music minors need to complete an audition. Please see our website for the requirements for other minors (music theory, composition, music & culture, music business).

I want to major in music and also be in the marching band. Do I need to audition twice?
No. Your audition for your music major will also count as your audition for marching band.

What do I need to prepare for my audition?
This varies by studio and program. Please see our repertoire lists for specific information.

Are there scholarships in the School of Music?
Yes. Scholarships are primarily offered to music majors. It is extremely rare for a music minor or a non-music major to receive a scholarship. With the exception of the marching band, we do not offer participation scholarships.

What do I need to do to get a music scholarship?
All students who audition for a music major are automatically considered for scholarships. There are no extra applications for scholarships (exception- Grace Moore). The best thing you can do is prepare the best possible audition!

How are scholarships awarded?
The biggest factor in awarding scholarships is musical talent. We also consider academics, needs of the studio, and financial need.

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