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Welcome to the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. The School of Music offers bachelor’s through doctoral degrees in 29 areas of concentration and has the distinction of being Tennessee’s only doctoral degree granting program in music. We are proud to present more performances than any other music organization in the Mid-South.

jiang The Belz-Parker Artists Ascending concert series honored Rudi and Honey Scheidt and maestro Pu-Qi Jiang for service to the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in a concert on March 23. For nearly 50 years, Artists Ascending has provided performing opportunities for rising classical talents, many of whom have achieved wide recognition. Among them are violinists Itzhak Perlman and Gil Shaham, pianist Jonathan Biss, and conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim.

harp Melodie Moore, harpist, was the winner of the 2014 Young Alumni Legacy Scholarship Award. The award is presented to a current graduate student by the University of Memphis Alumni Association. It is based on undergraduate scholastic achievements as well as significant involvement in organizations and volunteer activities in the community as a whole.

Guitar Center has announced Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music alumna LaNita Smith as the winner of their fourth annual Singer-Songwriter Award. Out of nearly 16,000 entries this year, five finalists were chosen to perform live at the finals. She won the opportunity to record an EP with Don Was, mentorship from Colbie Caillat, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, $25,000 cash, a feature story in American Songwriter magazine, new musical equipment, and more.



The Orff Summer Institute will be held at the School of Music July 6-17, 2015.  Training in Levels I through III will be offered. Orff is a developmental approach to teaching music, combining music and movement into lessons that are similar to a child's world of play.  Learn more and apply here.

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