Music Department

Supporting a Full Complement of
Vocal and Instrumental Performance

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 with concentrations in:

The Department of Music also offers the M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction-Music as well as a Minor in Music for students majoring in other disciplines.

All degrees offered by the Department of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Music Education program is also approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and accredited by the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) through the University's teacher certification program.

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Study Abroad
During Summer, 2015 TSU's Departments of Computer Science and Music led a study abroad project through the Tennessee Consortium for International Study. The three week project took place in the Republic of Turkey and included partnerships with host institutions: Yasar University in Izmir (pictured below), Atilim University in Ankara, and Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul. Eighteen students and three faculty members participated. The project is scheduled to be repeated in Spring, 2016. 


TSU Study Abroad



TSU West Side Story Auditions


The Department of Music supports a full complement of vocal and instrumental performance ensembles and opportunities, including the Orchestra, String Ensemble, Tennessee State University Choir , Meistersingers , Symphonic and Concert Band, two Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, the TSU Aristocrat of Bands marching band, and a host of small vocal and mixed- and like-instrument ensembles. The Opera Workshop mounts at least one opera, including sets, costumes, and orchestra, each year. The Commercial Music Ensemble compliments these traditional groups by providing instruction and performance in contemporary, popular music styles.

Watch video of TSU student and faculty ensembles and guest performances on our YouTube channel .

Note to Music Appreciation and Music History students:

The Nashville Symphony offers heavily discounted tickets through their Soundcheck program. Fulfill your concert attendance requirements affordably in one of the best-sounding venues in Nashville, the Schermerhorn Center for the Arts.

Student organizations:

MEISA (the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association) is looking for new members to start a chapter at TSU. MEISA offers networking, scholarship, and career development opportunities to student members interested in careers in the music industry. Click here for more information or email

For Commercial Music students, the Department of Music is now recruiting students for TSU student chapters of the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l (NSAI) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES). Please visit the organization websites, and contact Coordinator of Commercial Music Dr. Mark Crawford to get involved and network with students and professionals from across the country.