The two-year Artist Diploma (A.D.) in Music Performance is a highly specialized and performance-oriented non-degree graduate certificate program for exceptional musicians who have great potential for a professional career in music performance at the international level.
|Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor||James Buhler|
|Graduate Coordinator||Marina Martinez|
|Graduate Admissions Coordinator||Daniel Seriff|
|Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator||Anne Hall|
|HR Coordinator||Aaron Pyle|
|Operations & Scheduling||Page Stephens|
|Division Head & Area Counselor, Brass||Patrick Hughes|
|Area Counselor, Woodwinds||Andrew Parker|
|Area Counselor, Percussion||Thomas Burritt|
|Horn & Director, Horn Choir||Patrick Hughes|
|Percussion & Director, Percussion Ensemble||Thomas Burritt|
|Trombone & Director, Trombone Choir||Nathaniel Brickens|
|Tuba / Euphonium||Charles Villarrubia|
|Assistant Director, Longhorn Band||LaToya Webb|
|Director, Longhorn Band & Symphony Band||Clifton Croomes|
|Director, Longhorn Pep Band & Associate Director, Longhorn Band||Joshua Gall|
|Director, New Music Ensemble & Wind Symphony||Ryan Kelly|
|Director, Wind Ensemble||Jerry Junkin|
The A.D. in Instrumental Performance requires 27 hours of registered coursework and three public recitals. A chamber music option is available.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
|4||Inst. 480||Graduate Performance (in the first semester)|
|9||MUS 398D||Artist Recital (in the second, third, and fourth semesters)|
Problems in Performance Practice (4 semesters)
Piano students must enroll in MUS 180T Accompanying
|4||MUS 181D||Chamber Music (4 semesters)|
|6||Upper-division or graduate level courses not including those listed above. Students are encouraged to take courses appropriate to their instrument, such as literature, pedagogy, or specialized techniques.|
Three Public Recitals
- Solo Option. Two solo recitals, one of which must include a complete concerto, and one chamber recital.
- Chamber Option. Two chamber recitals and one solo recital.
One of the three recitals must be presented off of the University of Texas campus.
Artist Diploma students must perform a 10-minute jury in the first semester of their first year of study. Students must perform at least one selection with a collaborative pianist.
Some instructors may require students to announce their selections and/or talk about the music as part of the jury.
Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.). No-shows are considered a failure. If a jury is postponed, the student must perform the jury within the first twelve class days of the following semester and pass in order to advance to the next level.
Jury comments from faculty will be shared with students by the graduate coordinator. The jury constitutes 50% of the semester grade for applied lessons and is determined by averaging individual grades of the jury committee (not including the primary studio teacher).
Advising & Registration
For information about course registration, deadlines, adding and dropping courses and other policies, visit the Graduate School Academic & Registration Policies webpage.
Students who wish to take an independent study course need to fill out a Consent Form. Once the faculty member and Graduate Coordinator have approved your request, the bar to register for the course will be lifted.
To be eligible for fellowships, scholarships and assistantships, graduate students are required to be enrolled full-time (at least 9 hours).
All international students are also required to be enrolled full-time during each long semester, regardless of whether they receive funding from the Butler School of Music.
- Registration for (Instrument/Voice) 480 Graduate Performance course.
- A qualifying jury must be performed at the end of the first semester of study.
- Registration for MUS 398D, Artist Recital (for second and subsequent semesters)
- Instrumental Artist Recitals - 3 recitals with a choice between these two options: the Solo recital option (two Solo recitals, one including a complete concerto, and one chamber music recital); or the Chamber recital option (two chamber recitals and one solo recital). Two of the recitals must be presented on the UT Austin campus and one recital must be presented off the UT Austin campus.
- Voice Artist Recitals - 3 recitals (opera roles may substitute for two of the recitals).
- In order to certify the diploma, students must submit the Artist Diploma Reporting Form to the graduate coordinator (check with the coordinator for the deadline).
Important Links & Forms
Office of Graduate Studies
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Registration, course schedules, registration bars, etc
One-stop shop for tuition bill, your course schedule, etc….
TA and AI Assistance – Tuition Reduction Benefit
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On-Campus Procedural Info
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Information Technology Services
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Health & Wellness
For Master's students
For DMA/PhD students
- Course Substitution Petition Form
- DMA/PhD Course Outline
- How to fill out your Course Outline
- Request for Final Oral Examination ("Pink" sheet)
For Artist Diploma students
- Graduate School Travel Award Application
- School of Music Travel Award Application
- Consent Form - for ind. study or other completely restricted individual instruction courses