Chamber & Collaborative

Degree Requirements

Master of Music
Chamber 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


Chamber Music Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Area Counselor John Largess
Brass Charles Villarrubia
Collaborative Piano Colette Valentine
Early Music Guido Olivieri
Guitar Adam Holzman
Saxophone Stephen Page
Strings John Largess
Woodwinds Kristin Jensen



Degree Requirements

The M.M. in Chamber Music Performance requires 32 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and two recitals. This major is open only to members of the Young Professional String Quartet program. 

Major Coursework 

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Chamber Music
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
8 MUS 481M  Chamber Music 
4 Inst. 280  Graduate Performance (2 semesters) 

MUS 698RA and 
MUS 698RB 

Master’s Recital 

Two chamber recitals are required for this degree program. 

2 ENS 18x  Problems in Performance Practice (Orchestra or a different appropriate ensemble, at the discretion of the division and the Director of Graduate Studies in Music) 

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 Chamber Music
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
3 MUS 388T  Analytical Techniques 

Semester hours chosen from the following: 

MUS 380, Advanced Studies in the History and Culture of Music 

MUS 388M 3, Contemporary Styles and Techniques 

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 students in string performance, chamber music performance or literature/pedagogy must perform a 10-minute jury in their first semester and a 20-minute jury in their second semester of study. The long jury must be completed successfully before the required recitals can be attempted. No more juries are required after the long jury—the final jury in sequence—has been successfully passed. 

Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.).  No-shows are considered a failure. 

Students should fill out a jury form and provide it to their instructor for every semester of study until the jury sequence for a degree program is fulfilled. 


M.M. Jury Requirements for All String Instruments

Short Jury Repertoire
(10 minutes | 480a)

all concerto & unaccompanied 
works must be memorized*

Long Jury Repertoire
(20 minutes | 480b)

all concerto & unaccompanied 
works must be memorized*


1) One complete movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin (the Doubles for each movement must be prepared as a pair)

2) One complete movement of a concerto for violin and orchestra

1) Short jury requirements 

2) Additional repertoire may be added at the discretion of the teacher for a total of 20 minutes of music


1) One movement of solo Bach

2) One movement of a sonata or concerto

1) One Movement of solo Bach

2) Two or more contrasting pieces drawn from the sonata or concerto repertoire for a total of 20 minutes of music


1) One movement of solo Bach

2) One movement from a standard concerto

3) All of the orchestral excerpts from the UT Symphony Orchestra audition

1) Short Jury Requirements

2) Instead of UTSO audition excerpts, one other contrasting work or movement of a work for a total of 20 minutes of music

Double Bass

1) One movement from the Bach Cello Suites or two contrasting movements of a Baroque sonata

2) One contrasting piece or movement selected from the standard solo literature

3) Two contrasting orchestral excerpts selected from the standard repertoire

1) One movement from the Bach Cello Suites

2) One movement from a standard concerto

3) One other contrasting work or movement of a work

4) At least two contrasting orchestral excerpts selected from the standard repertoire for a total of 20 minutes of music

Guitar At least two contrasting works from different periods

1) One movement of Bach (or equivalent Baroque composer, i.e. Scarlatti, Weiss, etc.) 

2) Two other contrasting works from different periods, one of which may be a concerto movement, for a total of 20 minutes of music

Harp Two works in contrasting style Three to four works in contrasting style for a total of 20 minutes, which may include: multiple movements of a concerto or sonata; an original 16th to 18th-Century harp composition (or a published transcription from that time period); a concerto etude, solo, duo, or chamber work by a major or harpist composer.

* Orchestral excerpts and etudes (excepting concert etudes) may be performed with printed music; all other solo repertoire should be memorized.

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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Every two years, one advanced pre-professional ensemble is selected to study with the Miró Quartet in the Young Professional String Quartet (YPSQ) in Residence program. The chosen quartet receives weekly coaching and private study with members of the Miró Quartet, prepares for competitions, performs with the UT Symphony Orchestra or New Music Ensemble on a rotational basis and receives comprehensive guidance for career management, networking and organization.

Students interested in applying for the YPSQ program may contact John Largess, violist with the Miró Quartet, for additional information at

The M.M. in Chamber Music is only available to YPSQ applicants. Individual applicants interested in chamber music should apply for the A.D. or M.M. in Performance degree in their instrument.