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.
Graduate Advisor | Director of Graduate Studies
Scholarships & Assistantships
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Operations & Scheduling
Division Head, Keyboard
Area Counselor, Piano
Gregory AllenProfessor of Piano
Andrew BrownellAssistant Professor of Piano
Margarita DenenburgAssociate Professor of Practice in Piano Pedagogy
Gregory EatonLecturer in Organ and Harpsichord
Marisa GuptaLecturer in Keyboard
Anton NelProfessor of Piano and Chamber Music
Division Head, Keyboard Studies
The M.M. in Piano Performance requires 30 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and a recital.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
|8||PIA 480||Graduate Performance (2 semesters)|
MUS 698RA and
Master’s Recital (2 semesters)
The recital may be performed at any time during the third or fourth semester.
|3||MUS 387L||Advanced Studies in Music Literature, Piano|
MUS 281K or
Chamber Music or
A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
Pedagogy of Music Theory or
|4||MUS 281P||Graduate Piano Pedagogy (2 semesters)|
Semester hours chosen from the following:
MUS 281K, Chamber Music
Upper-division or graduate level courses in music theory, Music & Human Learning, or related fields outside of music.
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 piano and organ students must perform a short and long jury during the first year of study; the student can choose which jury to perform in either semester. 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
|Short Jury Repertoire
|Long Jury Repertoire
|Prepare 30 minutes of music.
Repertoire for pianists may include a concerto;
organists may include a collaborative work.
|Prepare 40 minutes of
solo piano or organ music.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Important Links & Forms
BSOM Graduate Handbook 2022-23
Office of Graduate Studies
Including fellowship, employment, and TA and AI information
Texas Global, International Student Scholars
Registration, course schedules, registration bars, etc
Consent Form for independent study or other restricted individual instruction courses
One-stop shop for tuition bill, your course schedule, etc….
Merit-Based Music Scholarships
Graduate Student Travel Award Application
School of Music Travel Award Application
TA and AI Assistance – Tuition Reduction Benefit
Living in TX as a new student
Establishing Residence in Texas
On-Campus Procedural Info
Butler School Internal Operations Website
Parking & Transportation
UT parking permits, maps, shuttle routes, etc.
Information Technology Services
UT EID help
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