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Department of Music

College of Arts & Sciences

Our Department features outstanding, award winning faculty and accomplished, friendly staff. We are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Welcome to the ETSU Department of Music!

I am very excited to serve as Chair of the ETSU Music Department beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are looking to major in music or just want to be a part of a high-quality music program, look no further than ETSU! Because of generous donors, we have thousands of dollars to award each year whether you are a major or not. The only stipulation for most of our music scholarships is that you are in one of our major ensembles and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher. If you have a passion for music, have the necessary skills to perform, and want to continue playing or singing throughout college, we can help you fund your education.

We offer Bachelors of Music degrees in music performance, music education, and jazz studies. Some of the greatest teachers in our area are graduates of our program. Many of our performance majors have gone on to prestigious graduate programs and many have enjoyed professional careers. Our faculty represent some of the nation's most talented musicians, including internationally recognized performers, Grammy-winning artists, published composers, and award winning conductors.

Just over 150 students major or minor in music each year, participating in an annual concert season that includes over 200 performances by ensembles, students, faculty, and guest artists. The ETSU Department of Music provides students with the opportunity to participate in classical choral, wind, and orchestral ensembles, as well as jazz, contemporary, marching, chamber, and avant-garde. Our piano faculty and students are world class and perform throughout the year. We have world renown guest artists perform on campus and providing masterclasses for our students. ETSU is the place to come for an outstanding education and performance opportunities!

We are very proud to be an All-Steinway school. All-Steinway schools demonstrate a full commitment to excellence by providing their students and faculties with the best instruments possible for the study of music. All of our pianos, from practice rooms to our recital hall, are designed by the great maker of pianos, Steinway and Sons.

The East Tennessee State University Department of Music is a thriving community of talented individuals that offers the best possible preparation for a professional career in music! Please stop by for a visit, sit in on our rehearsals, and be a part of this great music program. GO BUCS!

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Dr. Matthew Potterton, Chair, Department of Music




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