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Why UT?

  • US News & World Report, Forbes Magazine and The Princeton Review rank the University of Tennessee a Top National Public University.
  • Now in the midst of a multi-year "top 25" initiative, UT is in the midst of an effort to become universally recognized as one of the best public research universities in the United States.
  • The UT School of Music is recognized as an outstanding and comprehensive program, with 426 music majors, and a variety of music degree options.
  • In the fall of 2013 we moved into the gorgeous new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, a state of the art facility that boasts 50 excellent practice rooms, the beautiful Powell Recital Hall, and advanced audio and video recording capacities.
  • After the purchase in the  summer of 2013 of an additional 68 Steinway pianos, the UT School of Music is now officially an All Steinway school.
  • UT boasts five orchestras:  the UT Symphony, Chamber, Opera, Contemporary and Studio Orchestras
  • Double Degree students welcome!  UT is a comprehensive university with a wealth of excellent curricula
  • Annual Chamber Music Residencies with renowned string quartets, (most recently the Ying, Miami, Cavani and Avalon Quartets.)
  • Workshops on topics of interest to musicians:  performance anxiety, community engagement, career development, Alexander technique and more
  • Graduate Assistantships with tuition waiver and stipend
  • Strings in the Schools award for Masters in Music Education – includes a position as orchestra director in a local school!
  • Beautiful Campus nestled along the Tennessee River in the shadow of the Smoky Mountain National Park
  • Low cost of living – ideal for allowing young artists time to practice without needing to work extra hours to make ends meet!


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