Master of Music
In the two-year Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Musicology, students have the opportunity to acquire the appropriate tools and methods of research in both historical musicology and ethnomusicology, and to study the history of music from the remote past to the present as well as the nature and function of music in the cultures of the world. This program prepares students for positions in college teaching, research, music criticism, and, with additional training, library work.
|Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor||James Buhler|
|Graduate Coordinator||Marina Martinez|
|Graduate Admissions Coordinator||Daniel Seriff|
|Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator||Anne Hall|
|HR Coordinator||Aaron Pyle|
|Operations & Scheduling||Page Stephens|
|Division Head & Musicology Faculty||Luisa Nardini|
|Area Counselor, Musicology||Hannah Lewis|
|Area Counselor, Ethnomusicology||Stephen Slawek|
|Ethnomusicology & Musicology||James Gabrillo|
|Director, African American Vocal Ensemble||Charles Carson|
|Directors, Conjunto Ensemble||J.J. Barrera & Joel Guzman|
|Director, Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble||Robin Moore|
|Director, Indian Classical Music & Javanese Gamelan Ensembles||Stephen Slawek|
|Director, Mariachi Ensemble||Mónica Fogelquist|
|Director, Middle Eastern Ensemble||Sonia Seeman|
The M.M. in Musicology requires 33 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and a master’s report.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
Topic 1: Foundations of Musicology
MUS 385J or
|Graduate seminars on specific topics in musicology, including one primarily ethnomusicological (4 semesters)|
|3||MUS 398M||Master’s Report|
Musicology students are required to pass a language proficiency examination in one language other than English — normally German, French or Spanish — by petition to the division. The language requirement should ideally be fulfilled by the end of the second semester in residence.
A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
|6||MUS 380||Advanced Studies in the History & Culture of Music (2 semesters)|
MUS 388T or
Analytical Techniques or
To be taken during the first year of study.
|3||Elective non-music or applied music course(s)|
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
Office of Graduate Studies
Including fellowship, employment, and TA and AI information
Registration, course schedules, registration bars, etc
One-stop shop for tuition bill, your course schedule, etc….
TA and AI Assistance – Tuition Reduction Benefit
Living in TX as a new student
On-Campus Procedural Info
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