Music Department

Are You Ready for a World of Music?

You've got passion. You've got talent. Now ask you have the know-how? There are no overnight successes in the music business. If you really want a career in music you've got to start with a solid foundation. That's why an education in music from Volunteer State is so important.

The classes you'll take as you work toward your degree will broaden your perspective and open your eyes to a world that exists beyond your own life experiences. Communication classes will help you learn to speak and listen. Art, theater, and philosophy courses will help you see how other people and cultures experience life. By opening your mind, you will create a deeper emotional well from which your passion, talent, and creativity can draw.

Our emphasis classes in music are the fundamental building blocks you need to write, perform, teach, and produce in every music genre. In music theory classes, you'll learn how to read and write music and how to arrange and transpose all forms of music from traditional to contemporary styles.

For your electives you can choose private voice or guitar lessons or you can join one of the performing ensembles and travel throughout Middle Tennessee learning new music, meeting new people and representing Volunteer State's music program.

Why study music at Vol State?

  • Many performance opportunities
  • Collaborations with theater and art departments
  • Classes transfer to universities
  • Smaller classes - more personal attention
  • Professional recording studio on campus
  • Recording opportunities EVERY SEMESTER
  • Scholarships

Where you can go from here?

Historically, our alumni have found job opportunities in the areas of:

  • Musical Theatre
  • Theme Parks
  • Cruise Ships
  • Songwriting
  • Recording
  • Music Publishing
  • Church Music
  • Private Instruction

CD Releases

From the Volunteer State Music Department Spring CD Release "Through the Walls"

Mama's Boy Blues (Olivia Jackson)
  • Guitar-Matt Underwood
  • Bass-Emmitt Townsend
  • Keyboards-James Story
  • Drums-Louis G. Santiago
  • Vocals-Jena Stafford


From the Christmas CD release "Christmas Wishes"

It's Always Christmas (Lynn Peterson)

Performed by Lindsey Carr


From the "Through the Walls" Spring CD

"They Sing" (Heather Davis)
  • Vocals and Keyboards-Heather Davis
  • Bass-Emmitt Townsend
  • Fiddle-Daniel Clark