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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Music degree is the undergraduate professional degree in music. Its primary emphasis is the development of the skills, concepts, and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician. In any of the roles as performer, composer, scholar, or teacher, the professional musician must function as a practitioner who exhibits not only technical competence but also a broad knowledge of music literature, sensitivity in musical style, and insight into the role of music in the life of humankind.

Theory/Composition

At the University of Tennessee, the undergraduate majors in theory and composition are combined into one degree program. The Bachelor of Music in Music Theory/Composition program is designed to train students in music theory and analysis as well as composition. Students may elect an emphasis in music theory, composition, or electronic composition within the degree plan.

Graduates of the theory/composition program have gone on to study theory or composition at prestigious doctoral schools. Other graduates have decided to study in related fields such as film studies. Ultimately, our graduates teach theory and/or composition at the college or university level, or have careers as composers or arrangers.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,664.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2023

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

312 Ayres Hall, 1403 Circle Drive,

KNOXVILLE,

Tennessee,

37996, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a completion of high school or college academic work.

For international students

Applicants must have a completion of high school or college academic work.

If your native language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency unless you are a US citizen or a permanent resident.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.5

TOEFL (Paper-based) score of 523

TOEFL (iBT) score of 70

Completing the ELS 112 intensive program

Application Deadline: Spring: October 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Tennessee

Internationals get to participate in exciting hands-on experiences that are invaluable for future careers.

  • Tennessee’s flagship university
  • 80% of graduates in employment or further study in 6 months
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Up to USD 18,000 per year in financial aid

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