Degree Requirements - Music & Human Learning - MM MHL Non-Thesis

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Degree Requirements

Music & Human Learning

MM • Music & Human Learning, Non-Thesis Track


In the two-year Master of Music (M.M.) in Music & Human Learning, students study the fundamental principles of human learning and behavior as applied to all aspects of musical activity. Individual courses of study are uniquely designed to broaden and refine the knowledge and skills of experienced music educators, preparing them for advanced careers as teachers and scholars in the various dimensions of research and professional music education.


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Degree Requirements

The M.M. in Music & Human Learning (non-thesis) requires 33-39 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and a master’s report.

Major Coursework

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Music & Human Learning (Non-Thesis Track)
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
3 MUS 391  Foundations of Music Education 
3 MUS 384J  Experimental Research in Music & Human Learning I 

Semester hours chosen from the following 

MUS 383L, Seminar in Music & Human Learning 
MUS 384J, Advanced Studies in Music & Human Learning (other than Experimental Research) 
MUS 392, Psychology of Music 
MUS 393, Topics in Music & Human Learning 

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 Music & Human Learning (Non-Thesis Track)
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description

Semester hours chosen from at least two of the following areas: 

Music History, Literature, and Ethnomusicology 
Music Theory or Composition 
Performance (Ensemble, Conducting, Opera, Voice, Instruments) 
Related fields outside of music (up to 4 hours) 

May include up to 6 hours of upper-division coursework. 




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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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