Audition & Scholarship Information


As a member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Department at Carson-Newman University holds a Department Audition as an entrance requirement for prospective music majors. The department audition also serves as an audition for music scholarships and has two basic parts:

  1. Solo performance in your primary performance area (keyboard, voice, instrument). Click here to see the specific audition requirements for each performance area.
  2. Music theory placement exam. Click here for material covered in the music theory placement exam.

To learn more about the music programs, join us for an on-campus experience. Sit in on classes, perform with our ensembles, go to lunch with a C-N music student and try out an applied lesson with one of our music faculty members. 

Music Major for a Day

At Carson-Newman, faculty mentoring relationships are important and cherished. Because of our commitment to your educational success, members of the music faculty take an active role in helping you navigate the audition process. Students who plan to audition must complete the Music Department Audition Application below. Once we receive your form, a faculty member will contact you. You are encouraged and welcomed to contact your faculty representative as often as you need. We are happy to assist you throughout this process!


Every year Carson-Newman holds the Tarr Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition.

The dates of the coming year’s competition are Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, 2023. The competition will also serve as your department audition and will give you full consideration for other music scholarships.

If you are unable to participate in the full-tuition scholarship competition, please make arrangements to schedule your audition time for early in the spring term. Information regarding the Tarr Full-Tuition Scholarship Competition can also be downloaded.  Click here to see a sample schedule of an audition day at Carson-Newman.  The actual schedule on the day you come may be slightly different.

If distance will prevent you from coming to campus to audition, please let us know so that we can work with you to have a virtual audition. Local students who have unavoidable conflicts with the competition date may be able to schedule an early audition and still compete for the Tarr Scholarship.

In addition to music scholarship opportunities for students who choose to major in music, we also offer some scholarships for students wishing to continue their music experiences without majoring in music. Scholarships are available for concert and marching band, choirs, strings, and keyboard (piano or organ). For more information about music scholarships for students not majoring in music, please contact the following faculty members:
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