The UT Music faculty includes internationally and nationally recognized performing artists, Florida Orchestra and Sarasota Orchestra musicians, respected clinicians and adjudicators, actively performing jazz/popular music/world musicians, scholarly composers, producers and music technologists at the forefront of musical innovation. Recent notable guest composers, ensembles and recitalists have included: John Wineglass, Eric Whitacre, Mark Sforzini, Anton Coppola, Samuel Adler, Gwyneth Walker, The Graffe String Quartet, Luxa 21, Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato, The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, The Countertop Ensemble, Julian Toha, Petronel Malan, Olivier Latry and many more.
UT is located just a short walk from a thriving downtown area with majestic museums, a regional performing arts center and a vibrant arts scene. Tampa Bay is ranked among the four largest communities of artists and musicians in the Southeastern United States, along with Nashville, Atlanta and Miami. More than 27,000 people make their living as arts professionals in Tampa Bay. UT, within the city of Tampa, is centrally located between other thriving centers for the arts and entertainment industries such as Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Orlando.
UT has six unique performing venues suited to all types of music including Fletcher Lounge, Grand Salon, the Music Room, Reeves Theater, Sykes Chapel and Falk Theatre. Students at UT have access to artisan-quality musical instruments including a new 58-stop tracker pipe organ, a double manual French-style harpsichord built by William Dowd and a Blüthner grand piano. Students learn advanced techniques for sound recording, electronic music and computer music; facilities include two music technology labs and a digital multitrack recording studio running Logic Pro, Max/MSP, Reason, Ableton Live and Finale.
Experiential education opportunities are numerous, including: participation in the Ruth Eckerd Hall technical theater master class program, collaborations and engagement with the Florida Orchestra, off-campus employment as a performer in nearby theme parks, student jobs in concert recording/archival, summer music camp counselor positions, off-campus field experiences for music education students, and the wide variety of student ensembles that perform on and off-campus, throughout the semester. Many extra-curricular, music-centered student groups are active on-campus including: Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a cappella groups, chamber music groups and student-formed popular music ensembles ranging from jazz to reggae to progressive metal. Interdisciplinary collaboration occurs regularly between the music, dance, theatre, art, film, creative writing and new media production programs.
The average lecture class size for music majors is between 10-20 students per class, and students get lots of individualized attention and support throughout their education. The Department of Music at UT is an NASM accredited music program that prepares students for a wide range of future career possibilities as music educators, performers, composers, studio teachers, music technologists and other music-related fields.