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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Spotlight on Commercial Music Major's Guitar-Building
TSU Student Brian Allen carves unique guitar out of native Tennessee wood.
Watch Video from TSU Jazz Collegians' Summer Trip to Colombia
This past August, TSU's 20-piece jazz band was invited to perform at the Flower Festival, Colombia’s largest jazz festival.
Aristocrat of Bands Performs During Thursday Night NFL Game
The Aristocrat of Bands marched into St. Louis on Thursday, Sept. 26, to take the field at halftime during the nationally televised game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams.
Jim Pitts Featured on Tennessee Crossroads
For the past 13 years, James Pitts has been in charge of keeping the TSU sound alive, repairing and maintaining the horns and woodwinds of the University’s bands.
PARTICIPATE IN AN ENSEMBLE, CHOIR, OR BAND!
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
, 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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Striking a Chord: TSU Student Carves Unique Guitar Out of Native Tennessee Wood