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Music Schools & Colleges in Tennessee

Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN
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The Austin Peay State University Department of Music is an active and highly visible component of the Clarksville Community. Composed of approximately 180 music majors and 32 full-time and adjunct faculty, the Department of Music is the largest producer of cultural events in the Clarksville area.

Belmont University
Nashville, TN
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As a comprehensive School of Music, Belmont offers nine areas of undergraduate music study leading to the Bachelor of Music degree (everything from Classical Performance to Music Education to Commercial Music!). Graduate study is offered in five areas leading to the Master of Music. We are committed to providing a strong and caring faculty of highly credentialed artist teachers and excellent facilities with state of the art equipment. With over 500 majors and minors, Belmont’s School of Music is a setting alive with musical performance!

Bethel University
McKenzie, TN
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Our mission is to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons – intellectually, spiritually, socially and physically – in a Christian environment.

Bryan College
Dayton, TN
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The Department of Music provides professional preparation for students seeking careers in music or music-related vocations and offers instruction for students seeking life-long learning experiences in music.

Carson-Newman College
Jefferson City, TN
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The Department of Music at Carson-Newman College can help you pursue your passion whether you are looking to perform, teach, or lead worship. We have a proud tradition of preparing our students to be capable and knowledgeable professionals steeped in the musical arts. Devoted to seeing students succeed, our faculty has earned a reputation for challenging students, pushing them to succeed while investing the time to nurture talents and fine-tune abilities. With a faculty to student ratio of less that 10:1, students reap the benefits of smaller classes with more individual attention.

Cumberland University
Lebanon, TN
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Located near Nashville, Cumberland offers a wide variety of options to students interested in Music. Music ensembles now include the Marching Band, Concert Band, University Jazz Ensemble, Cumberland Chorale, University Singers (which tours internationally), the String Ensemble and various small ensembles. These ensembles are open to all qualified students, regardless of major, and scholarships are available by audition. If you are interested in auditioning for a scholarship, please fill out a scholarship information form. Songwriting, digital music technology, and opportunities for internships on Nashville’s famous Music Row round out the long list of music options available at Cumberland!

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN
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The Department of Music provides specialized training in music to prepares students for professional work or advanced study, for teaching music in the elementary and secondary schools, and for general cultural attainment.

The curriculum of the Department of Music is designed to present the learning of music as an integrated whole. Solo and ensemble performance, theoretical and historical studies, concert attendance, and electives both within and outside the department are intended to provide a balanced education.

Fisk University
Nashville, TN
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Music has occupied a central role in the Fisk experience since the University’s opening in 1866. The Fisk Jubilee Singers’® first historic tour established a reputation for excellence in musical performance and preserved the rich heritage of the Negro Spiritual. Today, Fisk continues to provide students the opportunity to develop individual talent, appreciation, and aesthetic sensibility. The Fisk University Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Welch College
Nashville, TN
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The mission of the Music Department is to provide a program, faculty, and support that ensure music proficiency and success after graduation for students who wish to follow a career in music or enter graduate school upon graduation. More specifically, the department will provide proficiencies in vocal, keyboard, conducting, and instrumental performance. Each student is offered the opportunity to become acquainted with music theory, church music history, and music history to familiarize themselves with the monumental artistic achievements of Western civilization. For the student who wishes to pursue music as a profession, course offerings will assist in preparation for a career in the ministry of music through church leadership, performance, or music education in a public school, Christian school, or private studio.

Freed-Hardeman University
Henderson, TN
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The Music program at Freed-Hardeman University prepares professional musicians and music educators. It provides every student at the University a chance to experience music and serves as a center of musical art and culture for Henderson and the surrounding West Tennessee area.

King College
Bristol, TN
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Music majors make important discoveries about themselves through the process of creating and performing. King College’s Music program helps students build a solid foundation in music theory and music history as well as providing numerous opportunities for performance and leadership. The Music program also serves as the anchor for our Music Education majors. You can get licensure in either vocal or instrumental Music Education.

Lane College
Jackson, TN
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The Department of Music is committed to providing the most productive experience for students who wish to study music. The Department has established the following goals to achieve its mission: 1) promotion of an understanding and appreciation for music in various forms for all students as a vital part of a liberal education; 2) encouragement of intellectual and individual creativity through exposure to a variety of musical experiences; and 3) examination and study of African Americans and the ways in which Music has permeated various cultures of the world.

Le Moyne-Owen College
Memphis, TN
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LeMoyne-Owen College and its music faculty are tirelessly working to “build and sustain a quality music program that draws upon, and contributes to the long and diverse legacy of Memphis music”. In addition, the Music Area’s goal is to prepare its majors for graduate and professional schools where their competitive edge is comparable to any other.

Lee University
Cleveland, TN
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Welcome to the Lee University School of Music. At Lee, every student has the opportunity to develop their musical skills, academic gifting, and spiritual calling. We invite you to join us in pursuit of our calling to musical excellence.

Lincoln Memorial University
Harrogate, TN
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The music program seeks to prepare students for careers as professional performers and music educators. This preparation is accomplished by fostering of discipline, responsibility, pride, and personal fulfillment in the pursuit of musical excellence. We are actively involved in carrying out the mission of the university by presenting concerts, recitals, and related events that enrich the cultural life of the region. We offer a variety of performing ensembles featuring students and community members. Our goal is to encourage appreciation and lifelong learning in the performing arts.

Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN
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The Lipscomb University Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and provides a music program of appropriate size and scope to meet the needs of students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Music, or the Bachelor of Music degree with a Major in Music Education.

Martin Methodist College
Pulaski, TN
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The Martin Methodist Concert Choir makes a significant contribution to the college community and to the middle Tennessee and northern Alabama area. The choir appears in concerts presented in cities throughout the area as well as having a major Christmas concert and a spring concert in Pulaski. In the past four years, the choir has expanded its recognition by trips during spring break to Washington D.C.; London, England, where it participated in a celebration of the 300th anniversary of John Wesley’s birth and a rededication of his tomb; and to New York City, during the spring of 2005. During the spring of 2007, the choir traveled to Germany where they performed eight times in four different German cities-Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Nuremberg, and Berlin.

Maryville College
Maryville, TN
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What interests you? Do you have dreams? Have you ever wondered why people create? Have you ever picked up a pencil or pen and begun sketching an image or idea in the middle of a non-related art class? Are you inspired by the sounds of Bach, Miles Davis, and Buddhist throat singing and wondered what they have in common? Have you ever felt the urge to paint your face with makeup and recite the lines of Sophocles, Shakespeare, or Samuel Beckett? The Arts at Maryville College address these questions and more. Whether as a major, minor or as a participant in a play, a musical ensemble or an art project, students explore their creativity and their self-understanding. The faculty are here to guide and expose students to what is possible and how to dream dreams. So, what are in your dreams?

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
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The school includes 34 full-time faculty & 34 part-time faculty.The school presents more than 180 concerts each year, including fully-staged operas, wind band, orchestral, choral, jazz, faculty & student solo, and chamber music performances. We offer the Bachelor of Music Degree with seven undergraduate concentrations and the Master of Arts Degree with eight graduate specializations.

Milligan College
Milligan College, TN
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The music program at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers. Students can pursue music in a variety of degree programs or simply select music courses to enrich their liberal arts education. Participating in music at Milligan also allows students and faculty to experience new levels of worship and service.

Rhodes College
Memphis, TN
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The Department of Music at Rhodes College is committed to graduating intelligent, passionate music advocates and leaders in music. We are located in Midtown Memphis, where the city is our campus and students become skilled musicians in a real musical community that prepares them for work after college, whether this is in performing, graduate study (in performance, theory, composition, or history), or the pursuit of another passion. The Rhodes experience combines the best of the classroom and the real world—through internships, service, research and other opportunities in Memphis and far beyond. Students learn, play and serve others with a determination to grow personally and to improve the quality of life within their communities.

SAE
Nashville, TN
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SAE Institute trains students for diverse, entrepreneurial careers in the audio and entertainment industries. On each of our 7 campuses across the US, you’ll find programs specifically designed to immerse you in hands-on, real-world projects from the start, aimed to prepare you to launch a career doing what you love.

Our graduates score movies, design sound for games, mix live sound, run studios, and manage venues. In fact, 7 SAE graduates have participated on GRAMMY nominated projects this year alone.

Grad quote:
“The overall vibe at SAE is amazing. The instructors are passionate about their craft, and the entire staff genuinely wants to help. They go out of their way to get you to the next level.” –2012 Graduate

  • Associate Degrees and Diplomas
  • 7 Campuses Nationwide
  • Career Placement Assistance

To learn more about our courses, visit our website, or speak to an Admissions Representative.

Sewanee University of the South
Sewanee, TN
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We seek to balance the demands of intensive musical study with the University’s goal of educating the whole person. The Department of Music provides the unique opportunity for students to work very closely with its very talented faculty, that spend a great deal of time working individually with music majors and non-majors alike. We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music as well as a Music Minor. With the Music Major, students may choose their own area of emphasis. Many of our Music Majors also pursue an additional major in another discipline.

Southern Adventist University
Collegedale, TN
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The School of Music offers dynamic and comprehensive areas of study. Each music program prepares students for future work or graduate school.

Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
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Located in Music City U.S.A., a music industry capital of the world. The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Music and the Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Music Education as well as a Minor in Music for students majoring in other disciplines.

Tennessee Technological University
Cookeville, TN
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At the Bryan Fine Arts Center in Cookeville, and the Appalachian Center for Craft near Smithville, the department of Music and Art at TTU offers superior arts education, arts programming, and outreach. Outstanding faculty offer specialized programs in music education and performance, art education, painting, and craft. Concerts, recitals, exhibitions, and workshops take place year round at both facilities.

Tennessee Temple University
Chattanooga, TN
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Are you a Christian musician who is ready to serve the church with your gifts? Tennessee Temple University offers bachelor’s degrees in church music for students just like you! We train students to become ministers through music who use their natural and spiritual gifts to uplift, teach, and edify the local church. Graduates of this program will be prepared for ministry through performance, musical worship, and various media and art positions. We will guide you to a level of excellence in music that reflects your passion for Jesus Christ!

Tennessee Wesleyan University
Athens, TN
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A vital part of the Tennessee Wesleyan College community, the Fine Arts Department serves as a cultural agency for the campus, community, and surrounding area. Its baccalaureate programs in music prepare the student in the areas of performance and teaching and provide the necessary background for further study not only in these areas, but also in music history, theory, and composition. Minors in art, music, and theater offer the student majoring in other areas on the campus an opportunity to develop a talent or passion that may give a lifetime of pleasure and community involvement. Art, music, or theater may be combined with another curricular area to create an interdisciplinary major. These individualized majors are created to meet the needs of the student.

Trevecca Nazarene University
Nashville, TN
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The department of music offers three programs of study in music, which include Music Education, Music Liberal Arts (General), and Commercial Music. In addition, Trevecca Nazarene University offers a degree in Worship Arts and concentration & minor in Music Business. Trevecca is located in Nashville, Tn, often referred to as the “Third Coast” due to the presence of many publishing and record companies located in “Music City, USA.” As a result, students have opportunities for internships within every aspect of the Music Industry and have opportunities to meet and work with some of the finest musicians in the country. Graduates of the division have gone on to have careers in music performance, worship leadership, public and private school education, private studio instruction, and various areas of the music industry.

Union University
Jackson, TN
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At Union you can receive the finest music training available in standard professional programs, such as music education, church music, or performance – OR- You can select unique program tracks that allow you to major in music, yet receive an outside emphasis in Christian Studies, Management, Marketing, or Communication Arts.

University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Memphis, TN
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The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis offers Bachelor’s through Doctoral degrees in 29 areas of concentration. The School has the distinction of being Tennessee’s only doctoral degree-granting program in music. We are dedicated to preparing students for careers in music by instilling in them the importance of thorough and thoughtful preparation in all musical endeavors and by engaging them in a comprehensive learning experience. We punctuate study with a wide variety of performance opportunities within the School, the community and internationally. This total immersion approach is realized by faculty members who have active careers in performance, recording, and publishing – experience that fosters truth and integrity in music.

University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
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The School of Music offers a broad and comprehensive professional music program. Through its many specialized professional music concentrations, the School affords music students the opportunity of a wide variety of professional direction, training, and experience. In the School of Music, there are 47 full-time faculty, 10 part-time faculty, and 9 full-time staff.

University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
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Welcome to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Music. The Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1933. As one of the largest departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, it boasts a low student-teacher ratio, assuring individualized instruction of the highest quality. The Department of Music offers undergraduate degrees in performance, music education, sacred music, and theory and composition, as well as graduate degrees in performance and music education. Affiliations with the Cadek Conservatory of Music and the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts provide numerous additional educational opportunities for faculty and students.

University of Tennessee-Martin
Martin, TN
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The mission of the Department of Music is to pursue excellence in musical education and artistry, with a primary focus for the Department being undergraduate music education. The Department and its faculty serve as model performers, educators, and researchers as well as resources for music educators and professionals throughout the region. The performances and educational events presented by the Department enrich the educational experience of all UT Martin students. These events enhance the cultural life of the university, the Martin community, and the region. Faculty maintain a strong commitment to the teaching mission of the Department and the University while engaging in service, performance, and research activities around the state, the region, and the world.

Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music
Nashville, TN
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The Blair School of Music serves as the focal point within Vanderbilt University for the study of music as a human endeavor and as a performing art. Music offers to all persons a medium for the expression of the human spirit. Accordingly, the Blair School of Music addresses music through a broad array of academic, pedagogical, and performing activities. Consistent with the mission of Vanderbilt University, the School maintains and promotes the highest standards in the pursuit of scholarly and creative work, in the delivery of instruction, and in the promotion of professional and public service.

Visible Music College
Memphis, TN
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The guiding principle of Visible Music College is to train and equip musicians, technicians, and business professionals in skill and character for effective service in the music industry and in the church. Through intense training, students gain knowledge that focuses on the essential elements of artistic theory, practice, and Biblical training, as well as providing ministry and vocational experience. Visible Music College is dedicated to student growth in three distinct areas: spiritual, professional, and academic; with the objective that students achieve a living and vibrant spiritual walk, artistic formation, discipline, and technical excellence. Visible Music College currently offers three bachelor degree programs.