Degree Requirements

Artist Diploma
Instrumental Performance



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.




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


Keyboard Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head, Piano Anton Nel
Area Counselor, Piano Andrew Brownell
Area Counselor, Piano, Organ & Sacred Music Gregory Allen
Organ & Harpsichord Gregory Eaton
Piano Pedagogy & Director, Piano Project Margarita Denenburg




Degree Requirements 


The A.D. in Instrumental Performance requires 27 hours of registered coursework and three public recitals. A chamber music option is available. 

Major Coursework  

Major Coursework for the Instrumental A.D. Degree
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) 
4 ENS 18x 

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. 



Artist Diploma piano and organ students must perform a 25-minute jury at the end of the first semester of study. Students must prepare 40 minutes of solo repertoire for faculty to select from. Students should provide a “jury sheet” for the faculty with repertory they have prepared.

Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.).  No-shows are considered a failure. Postponed juries will be rescheduled within the first 12 class days of the following semester.

Semester grades for applied lessons are comprised of the following:

50% grade from studio teacher

50% jury grade from keyboard faculty other than studio teacher

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

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.

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website.



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.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Semester 1

  • Registration for (Instrument/Voice) 480 Graduate Performance course.
  • A qualifying jury must be performed at the end of the first semester of study.

Semester 2-4

  • 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).




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