Audition & Scholarship Information


As a member of the National Association of Schools of Music, Carson-Newman University holds a Music Department Audition as an entrance requirement for prospective music majors.  Students wishing to schedule an audition should fill out the Audition Application Form.  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 competition will also serve as your department audition and give you access to alternate generous music scholarships. For primary consideration for a Tarr Full-Tuition Scholarship, please audition no later than February 3, 2024.

Spring 2024 Music Scholarship Audition Dates

  • January 13 — Brass, Woodwind, Percussion and Strings Auditions at Central Church Bearden (Knoxville)
  • February 2 & 3 — Voice, Piano, and Organ Auditions at Carson-Newman (Jefferson City)
  • February 19 — Voice, Brass, Woodwind, Percussion, Strings, Piano, and Organ.

If you are unable to participate on one of these dates, please make arrangements to schedule your audition for early in the spring term.

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: