Music Department

Supporting a Full Complement of
Vocal and Instrumental Performance


Advising and registration for Spring 2023 classes have begun.  To schedule an advising session contact:

Music Education majors
contact Dr. Bryant

Commercial Music majors
contact Dr. Crawford

Music-no concentration majors
contact Dr. Elliott


About the Program

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 and 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  Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)  through the University's teacher certification program.

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Full Range: Both Vocal & Instrumental

The Department of Music supports a full range of vocal and instrumental performance 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 ensembles. The Opera Workshop mounts at least one opera, including sets, costumes, and orchestra, each year. The Commercial Music Ensemble compliment 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 .

Discounted Symphony Tickets

Note to Music History and Appreciation students:

The Nashville Symphony offers heavily discounted tickets through its Soundcheck program. Fulfill your concert attendance requirements affordably in one of the premiere venues in Nashville, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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

The Lambda Delta Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda announces the 2021 class of inductees.
Congratulations to all inductees on your exceptional achievements! Click here for more information

Calling All Music Education Majors!

The Music Education program is seeking passionate music students for the TSU collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education. We have many events, performances and trips planned for the upcoming year. There are also many leadership roles available that will look GREAT on your resume! Contact Dr. Robert Bryant for more information and join today!

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.