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A renowned music school at one of the largest universities in Tennessee.

When you come to the School of Music at the UofM in Memphis, TN, you get the best of both worlds. You will learn, grow and receive personal attention from accomplished artist-scholars, but also have the benefits of being part of a large, world class-university. Our renowned program offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees in 29 areas of concentration, with the distinction of being Tennessee's only doctoral degree granting program in music. In a city as live-music-rich as Memphis, the music school is proud to present more performances than any other music organization in the Mid-South. We are setting the tone for creativity and excellence in music.

music speaks here

Every day we capitalize on the music innovation heritage of Memphis, TN. The School of Music has always attracted top talent and continues to cement our international reputation for excellence. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis is a comprehensive school, known for our diversity and dedication to our role as a cultural and intellectual resource for the university, the city, and the wider musical world. In our teaching and research, we are deeply devoted to the preservation and growth of music as an art, as a craft, as a profession, and as a treasury of human wisdom.

What's Happening Now

facultyJoin us as the Faculty and Friends Series continues on February 5, at 7.30 pm in Harris Concert Hall with another concert of outstanding chamber music performed by Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music faculty and musical friends from around the community. Now in its fourth season, the series offers programs with attitude that delight audiences in a not-too-stuffy atmosphere.

anaMake plans to hear pianist and UofM alumna Ana Maria Orduz who will be performing a recital in Harris Concert Hall on Saturday, February 6 at 5:30 pm.  She has been the recipient of many awards including first place in the Città di Padova international competition (Italy). The Colombian pianist has performed with orchestras, as a soloist, and as a chamber musician in the U.S., Italy, Chile, Malaysia, and Colombia.

seatsThe Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music invites you to Love Songs to Memphis, a concert featuring Joyce Cobb and the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra on Tuesday, February 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Harris Concert Hall. The concert is the kickoff for the "Take Your Seat" campaign which offers the opportunity to dedicate a seat in the new Music Center Concert Hall. You do not need to dedicate a seat to attend.  Admission is free but you must make a reservation at 901.678.2541 Click here for more information on the campaign

tubaGet ready for the 4th annual Tuba Valentines. A trio or quartet of tuba players dressed in red vests and bow ties will show up at the determined location and perform 2 songs and deliver a note and chocolate to your Valentine. It's a lot like a singing telegram, only it's tubas doing the singing! They have been featured on NPR and local television stations in the past. Available Feb. 3-15. You can order online at


honor bandThe UofM Bands invite high school students to join them for an exciting experience at the 26th Annual Honor Band, February 4 - 6. This year's conductors are Dr. Michael Hancock, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Oklahoma, and Dennis Cox, Director of Bands Desoto at Central High School.  Learn more and apply now.


orffThe Orff Summer Institute for 2016 is July 11 - 22.  The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms. Levels I, II, and III will be offered.   Learn more here.


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