Strings & Harp


Degree Requirements

Doctor of Musical Arts
String Performance


Overview

The three-year Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degree in String Performance prepares students to demonstrate the technical achievements of a professional artist-performer, supported by a thorough understanding of the theoretical, pedagogical and historical aspects of Western art music, as well as a knowledge of the literature of their instrument.

 

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Contacts

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

 

Strings Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head Bion Tsang
Area Counselor Joel Braun
Cello Joshua Gindele
Cello Bion Tsang
Double Bass Joel Braun
Guitar Adam Holzman
Harp Delaine Leonard
Viola John Largess
Viola Roger Myers
Violin Daniel Ching
Violin William Fedkenheuer
Violin Brian Lewis
Violin Sandy Yamamoto
Director, Orchestras Farkhad Khudyev
Conductor, Butler Opera Center Douglas Kinney Frost
Director, String Project Laurie Scott

 

 


 

Degree Requirements

The D.M.A. in String Performance requires 53-56 hours of registered coursework, two juries, two comprehensive examinations, and four recitals. A treatise option is available.

Major Coursework

Major Coursework for the D.M.A. in String Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title & Description
8 Inst. 290/490 Advanced Graduate Performance (any combination of 2 and/or 4 credit instrumental private lesson courses, to total 8 hours)
6 MUS 387L Advanced Studies in Music Literature (2 semesters)
3 MUS 388T Analytical Techniques
6 MUS x99N Non-Treatise Lecture Recital Document (after entering candidacy)

 

Supporting coursework

Supporting Coursework for the D.M.A. in String Performance
Hours Course Number Course Title & Description
6 MUS 380 Advanced Studies in History and Culture of Music (2 Semesters)
3 MUS 381 Reference and Research Materials in Music
4 MUS 281S Chamber Music (2 semesters)
15   Additional Music courses selected from the areas of advanced theory, composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, Music & Human Learning, conducting, ensemble, pedagogy and chamber music (ensemble, pedagogy and chamber music not to exceed 6 hours).
2-5   Free electives (upper division or graduate level courses)

 

Treatise Option

Doctoral students in music performance who wish to pursue the treatise option must obtain permission from the Graduate Studies Committee in music before applying for candidacy. Differences from the non-treatise are:

  • The Chamber Recital is not required.
  • Students in candidacy register for MUS x99 Treatise instead of MUS x99N Non-Treatise Lecture-Recital Document.
  • The lecture-recital document is expected to be a substantial research paper of a scholarly nature.

Ensemble Requirements

All String Division students are required to participate in the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) or equivalent ensemble, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies, the director of orchestral activities and the string division head, in each semester of enrollment. Post-candidacy D.M.A. students are exempt unless advised otherwise by their studio instructor.

Four Public Recitals

  • Solo Recital I. Performed before entering candidacy, typically in the third semester of study. 
  • Chamber Recital. Performed before entering candidacy, typically in the fourth semester of study.
  • Solo Recital II. Performed after entering candidacy without the assistance of the supervising professor, typically in the fifth or sixth semester of study.
  • Lecture-Recital. Performed after entering candidacy, typically in the final semester of study. Includes a written lecture-recital document and defense.

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website.

Juries

 

Doctoral students in performance must perform a 10-minute jury in their first semester and a 20-minute “Long Jury” in their second semester of study. The long jury must be completed successfully before the required recitals can be attempted.  Juries are no longer 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.

D.M.A. Jury Requirements for All String Instruments
Instrument

Short Jury Repertoire
(10 minues | 290a or 490a)

All concerto and unaccompanied works
must be memorized*

Long Jury Repertoire
(20 minutes | 290b or 490b

All concerto and unaccompanied works
must be memorized*

Violin

1) One complete movement from J.S. Bach sonatas and Partitas for solo violin

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

Viola

1) One movement of solo Bach

2) One movement of a sonata or concerto

1) Short jury requirements

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

Cello

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 requirments

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 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

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

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); and a concert etude, solo, duo, or chamber work by a major or harpist composer

 

 

Comprehensive Examinations

Common Comprehensive

The common comprehensive examination consists of score identification and music history exams. Competency in music theory is tested as part of the final examination process of each section of the MUS 388T Analytical Techniques course. They are offered once per semester and in the summer.

A student who fails any portion of the common comprehensive exam on the first try must re-take the failed portion of the exam. If a student fails a portion of the exam twice, that student must choose one of the following options:

  1. Take one or more graduate courses as determined by the musicology or theory faculty. The student must achieve a grade of B or higher in the specified course(s) to complete the requirement and officially pass.
  2. Take the relevant portion(s) of the exam a third time, with the understanding that a third failure will result in termination of the student’s degree program.

Specialized Comprehensive

The content and procedures for the specialized comprehensive exams vary across divisions. Consult with the head of your division for additional information about the specialized comprehensive exams.

 


 

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 doctoral student may petition to substitute up to twelve credits of graduate level coursework completed at another institution for degree requirements at the University of Texas, subject to approval by the Butler School Graduate Studies Committee. This process must be completed during the first semester of enrollment, before the close of the fall advising period.

Courses approved for substitution typically fall into the areas of music history, theory, literature, and pedagogy, as well as chamber music.

Under normal circumstances, transferred coursework should have been completed within the four academic years prior to the start of the doctoral work at UT. The GSC will consider on a case-by-case basis whether coursework completed more than four years prior to the start of doctoral study at the Butler School can count toward the program of study.

Coursework completed for a master's degree at the University of Texas at Austin may be included in the course work for the doctoral degree without a petition form, but is subject to approval by the Graduate Studies Committee chair in Music, the candidate's supervising committee, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

 


 

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 1

  • For students who completed an M.M. degree before coming to UT Austin, course transfer requests must be submitted in the first semester. If they have not been submitted by the advising period for spring classes (i.e. late October), the student’s registration will be barred.

Semester 2

  • All first year D.M.A. students should meet with the Graduate Coordinator for an audit of their coursework during the advising period for summer and fall classes in April. Registration will be barred until this meeting takes place.

Semesters 3–4

  • Students typically perform their Solo Recital I and Chamber Recitals in their second full year. Please note, both recitals may not be performed in the same semester without approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Semester 4

  • Students must submit a completed D.M.A. course outline to verify completion of coursework.
  • Unless there are mitigating circumstances (for example: insufficient number of Master’s level credits that can be transferred or an unusual number of deficiency courses a student must complete) documented and approved by the Graduate Coordinator, all D.M.A. students must attempt the common comprehensive exams.
  • All D.M.A. students must complete their specialized comps before applying for candidacy.

Semester 5–6 (Candidacy)

  • All D.M.A. students who pass the common and specialized comprehensive exams must form their committees and apply for candidacy. See the Candidacy Timeline below for a step-by-step process at this stage of the degree.
  • Students who have to re-take all or a portion of the common comprehensive exam in their 5th semester must form their committee and apply to candidacy prior to the 12th class day.

 

D.M.A. Candidacy Timeline

 

  1. Schedule Solo Recital II
    • Scheduling procedures
    • Graded by performance members of committee; performance co-supervisor required to attend.
  2. Set Doctoral Committee
    Committee consists of six members:
    • Performance co-supervisor (primary instructor).
    • Academic co-supervisor (member of the Musicology, Theory or Music & Human Learning faculty).
    • Three other Butler School faculty members (two performance, one academic).
    • One member from outside of the Butler School of Music.
    • At least three of the five Butler School committee members must be part of the Graduate Studies Committee.
  3. Officially Apply for Candidacy
    • Application is available on the Graduate School website.
    • Students must be registered for classes in the semester they plan to become a doctoral candidate. MUS 394/694 Directed Reading courses are recommended.
    • Non-Treatise – Do not add an abstract, indicate “D.M.A. option 2” in the abstract field.
    • Treatise – Supply the Graduate School with a short abstract.
  4. Change Registration
    • The Graduate Office will help you change registration to MUS X99(N/W) once your application is approved.
    • Check the Graduate School website for deadlines.
  5. Schedule Lecture Recital
    • Contact scheduling@mail.music.utexas.edu to schedule your lecture recital (you do not have to be in candidacy to start the scheduling process)
    • At a minimum, your two committee co-supervisors and two other committee members must attend (virtual attendance is acceptable)
    • Must take place before the last two weeks of the semester
    • Defense should not be scheduled for the same day
  6. Schedule Final Defense
    • The Request for Final Oral Exam must be officially filed with the graduate school
    • Must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the defense date
  7. Apply for Graduation
  8. Final Defense
    • Must be completed prior to last week of class of class
    • Should not be the same day as Lecture Recital
    • Five of your six committee members must attend (virtual attendance is acceptable)
  9. Final Certification & Report of Dissertation
    • The Graduate School will email your Final Certification document
    • Gather all committee signatures after your document is approved
    • File with the Graduate School by 3pm on the last Friday of classes
  10. Final Document, Thesis & Dissertation
    • Non-Treatise students forward completed and approved documents to the graduate coordinator
    • Treatise & Dissertation students must upload their documents to the graduate school database and submit all required pages to the Graduate School

 


 

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