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The Department of Music at Carson-Newman University (NASM accredited) can help you pursue your passion whether you are looking to perform, teach, or lead worship. We have a proud tradition of preparing our students to be capable and knowledgeable professionals steeped in the musical arts. Devoted to seeing students succeed, our faculty has earned a reputation for challenging students, pushing them to succeed while investing the time to nurture talents and fine-tune abilities. With a faculty to student ratio of less that 10:1, students reap the benefits of smaller classes with more individual attention.


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Our mission is to nurture and challenge students to reach their potential as educated musicians who will serve and lead in the church, school, and community. As music majors, students are prepared in their studies to obtain a broad education in the liberal arts and to have a rich intellectual grasp of the field of music through the development of skills, knowledge, and appreciation. This preparation provides our graduates with the proper foundation which can enable them to occupy places of leadership and vision as school music teachers and church musicians and/or to pursue graduate study in music.

Our department offers several programs for students who desire to obtain a Bachelor of Music degree music including:

We also offer the Bachelor of Arts in Music. Music majors also have many opportunities to perform in a variety of musical ensembles including: A Cappella Choir, Men's Chorus, Oratorio Chorus, Women Singers, Lyric Theatre, and Redemption. Instrumental Ensembles include: Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, and small group ensembles for Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion. In addition, C-N music majors have had the opportunity to study music in Austria and Germany. In recent years, our ensembles have performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Choral Society, and in concert tours throughout the region and across the globe, including a Christmas Eve performance in Bethlehem, Israel.

Substantial scholarships are available to qualified performers and scholars who plan to major in music. In addition, each January we hold a Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition for graduating high school seniors planning to attend Carson-Newman the following fall semester. Specific audition requirements along with the scholarship audition form, can be found on-line or downloaded as a pdf. Information regarding the Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition can also be downloaded.

Music is a life-changing blessing. The Carson-Newman Department of Music has something of interest for any who wish to experience music as performer, teacher, worship leader, or audience member. You are invited to come and visit our department or contact us if you have any questions.

Dr. Jeremy J. Buckner
Chair, Department of Music


For general inquiry, please contact the CNU Music Department at:

phone: (865) 471-3328
fax: (865) 471-4849
email: music@cn.edu