Meet a University of Texas at Tyler Graduate
Leader of the Band
“My specialty is playing percussion. I heard Mr. Robert Crutchfield, UT Tyler percussionist and adjunct lecturer in music, play at various events around Tyler. Naturally, when I was ready to transfer from Tyler Junior College to complete my bachelor’s degree, I looked at UT Tyler, because I knew I wanted to study with Mr. Crutchfield.
“When I graduated from UT Tyler, I got a job immediately as assistant band director at Carlisle Independent School District. I was thrilled to get this opportunity, because the school has a strong band program that includes winning distinction as an honor band three times in the past decade. In my position, I help with the very accomplished high school band and I teach the fifth and sixth grade band, helping them hone their skills so they’ll be ready to play with the high school band.
“The training I received at UT Tyler was so beneficial. The music faculty is just wonderful. They’re not just earning a paycheck. Every person in the program has a passion for music and for helping students become the best musicians they can be.”
Will Ross, Gilmer, TX
BM Music Education, 2010
Music BM Degrees
Specialize and Succeed in Music Performance or Music Education
Choose from seven majors at The University of Texas at Tyler to focus your Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in studies that promote your talents and interests: composition, instrumental music education, instrumental performance, piano performance, piano pedagogy, vocal performance or vocal music education.
- Excel in UT Tyler’s School of Performing Arts, which serves as an artistic center and resource for the university and for the city of Tyler and surrounding communities.
- Study in outstanding college facilities that include the Cowan Center, a focal point for performing arts on campus and in the city of Tyler; Vaughn Auditorium that hosts touring productions and university functions; and Braithwaite Recital Hall, our venue for solo recitals and small chamber performances
Graduates of the music program at UT Tyler have gone on to such positions as music teachers, band directors and church musicians, and many have pursued graduate studies in music.
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Bachelor’s in Music: Advance Your Talents—and Career
- Complete a music degree that builds your talents and prepares you for career success in the competitive music field. Begin specialized music education in the first semester of your freshman year.
- Gain visibility in Tyler and East Texas through The University of Texas at Tyler’s dynamic concert series and numerous performance opportunities on campus.
- Interact and learn with energetic, talented students and faculty who will challenge you to achieve your highest standard of excellence.
Students must complete audition requirements to be considered for the School of Performing Arts.
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Music Courses: Rigorous. Rewarding.
Music Theory I – Undertake an elementary study of melody, rhythm and diatonic tonal harmony in four voices and in simple instrumental textures. Emphasis on rudiments of music, voice leading, harmonic progression and elemental melodic forms.
Music History I – Survey stylistic trends, major compositions, composers and genres from antiquity through 1750.
Music Literature – Complete an historical overview of music from antiquity to the present day.
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Career Outlook for Musicians and Music Teachers
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for musicians are anticipated to grow at the rate of 8% through 2018, which is about average across all occupations. Experts expect 10% growth in positions for music directors and composers.
Public and private schools employ the majority of music teachers. While shrinking public school budgets due to struggling state economies may reduce teaching opportunities in music education, opportunities are increasing to offer lessons through self-enrichment programs available through community facilities. For more information, see www.bls.gov/oco/ocos095.htm#outlook .