Music has been a vibrant and successful program at Tennessee Tech since 1915. A degree in music education was first offered in 1948 when the Department of Music was created within the College of Education. Today, music is one of Tennessee Technological University's most renowned programs.
An exceptional faculty of artist-teachers provides instruction on all band and orchestral instruments, piano, voice, organ, and guitar, and offers classroom instruction in music education, music theory and composition, music history, and conducting. Faculty members provide leadership to professional music organizations in Tennessee and are frequent clinicians, adjudicators, and guest conductors nationally and internationally.
The Department offers the Bachelor of Music degree with several options to fit the needs and interests of music students. Students seeking careers teaching music in the public schools select either the Instrumental Licensure or Vocal/General Licensure option depending upon their performance medium. For students who seek music careers outside of public school teaching, options in Composition, Jazz, Instrumental, Piano, Vocal Performance, and Music Business are also offered within the Bachelor of Music degree.
TTU's programs in the Bachelor of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
TTU Music graduates have achieved worldwide excellence in performance and teaching.
The Bryan Symphony Orchestra is a joint enterprise of Tennessee Tech University and the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, serving the greater Cookeville/Putnam County/University community and the Upper Cumberland region. TTU faculty members hold the principal chairs, supplemented by the very best student musicians along with professionals from the Nashville and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras.