Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion

Degree requirements

Master of Music


The two-year Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Music Performance trains students as informed artist-performers. In addition to demonstrating technical mastery of their instrument or voice, students are expected to exhibit a thorough understanding of the theoretical, pedagogical, and historical aspects of the major, as well as a knowledge of the literature of their performance area.




Administrative Contacts
Role Contact Person
Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor  James Buhler
Graduate Coordinator Marina Martinez
Graduate Admissions Coordinator Daniel Seriff
Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator Anne Hall
Registrar Stephen Wray
HR Coordinator Aaron Pyle
Operations & Scheduling Page Stephens


Brass, Wind & Percussion Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head & Area Counselor, Brass Patrick Hughes
Area Counselor, Woodwinds Andrew Parker
Area Counselor, Percussion Thomas Burritt
Bassoon Kristin Jensen
Clarinet Jonathan Gunn
Flute Marianne Gedigian
Horn & Director, Horn Choir Patrick Hughes
Oboe Andrew Parker
Percussion & Director, Percussion Ensemble Thomas Burritt
Percussion Ivan Trevino
Percussion Richard Huntley
Saxophone Stephen Page
Trombone & Director, Trombone Choir Nathaniel Brickens
Trumpet Billy Hunter
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



Degree Requirements

The M.M. in Brass/Woodwind/Percussion Performance requires 30 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and a recital. 

Major Coursework 

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Brass, Wind or Percussion Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
8 Inst. 480  Graduate Performance (2 semesters) 

MUS 698RA and 
MUS 698RB 

Master’s Recital (2 semesters) 

The recital may be performed at any time during the third or fourth semester. 

3-6 MUS 379K or
MUS 387L 
Symphonic Literature or Band Literature 
2-4  MUS 281  Chamber Music 
ENS 18x  Problems in Performance Practice (Band or Orchestra) 

A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester. 

Supporting Work 

Supporting Coursework for the M.M. in Brass, Wind, or Percussion Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description

MUS 398T 
MUS 388T 
MUS 388M 3 

Pedagogy of Music Theory or 
Analytical Techniques or 
Contemporary Styles and Techniques 


Semester hours chosen from the following: 

MUS 387L, Music Literature other than Symphonic Literature 
MUS 380, Advanced Studies in the History and Culture of Music 
Upper-division or graduate-level courses in music theory, Music & Human Learning, or related fields outside of music. 


Master’s Recital 

Students must perform a public degree recital in their second year.  

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website. 


Master’s and doctoral students must perform a 10-minute jury in both semesters of their first year of study. Students must prepare 20 minutes of music for the spring jury, though not all repertoire will be selected by the faculty. Students must perform at least one selection with a collaborative pianist in each jury.

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. 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).

Find more information about this semester's juries, including FDFJ forms and deadlines. 



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.

Transferring Coursework

A new master’s student may petition to transfer up to six credits of graduate level coursework completed at another institution, subject to approval by both the Butler School of Music Graduate Studies Committee chair and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Detailed transfer regulations and forms for master’s students are maintained by the Graduate School.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Prior to 1st semester

  • All students must take the diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory. Additional diagnostic exams are administered for students in composition, voice, jazz and music theory.

Semester 3

  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RA, 698A.
  • M.M. Piano Performance students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • With the approval of their studio teacher, some performance area students may perform their thesis recital.

Semester 4

  • Students must submit a completed M.M. degree check form to verify their completion of coursework.
  • Students must apply to graduate – check graduate school website for deadline.
  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RB, 698B, 398M.
  • M.M. String students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • All other students take individual comprehensive exams as arranged by their studio teacher (for performance area students) or their supervising professor (for academic area students).
  • Most performance area students perform their thesis recital.
  • M.M. Music & Human Learning – Non-Thesis Track complete their master’s project.
  • M.M. Music Theory, M.M. Music & Human Learning – Thesis Track and M.M. Composition students complete their master’s thesis or master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.
  • M.M. Ethnomusicology and M.M. Musicology students complete their master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.



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