Strings & Harp


Degree Requirements

Master of Music
String Literature & Pedagogy


Overview

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.

 


 

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
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 M.M. in Music Literature & Pedagogy requires 33 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, a recital, and a master’s report. 

 

Major Coursework 

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Literature/Pedagogy for Strings; Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion; and Voice Divisions
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
6-9 MUS 387L or 
MUS 380
Advanced Studies in Music Literature or History & Culture of Music (2-3 semesters) 
3 MUS 398M  Master’s Report 
4 MUS 281P  Pedagogy (2 semesters) 
6 MUS 698RA and
MUS 698RB 

Master’s Recital (2 semesters) 

The recital may be performed at any time during the third or fourth semester. 

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 Literature/Pedagogy for Strings; Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion; and Voice Divisions
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
3

MUS 398T 
MUS 388T 
MUS 388M 3 

Pedagogy of Music Theory or 
Analytical Techniques or
Contemporary Styles and Techniques 

6

Inst. 380 or 
Inst. 280/480 

Graduate Performance (2 semesters) 

2 ENS 18x Problems in Performance Practice (2 semesters) 

 

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.

Master’s Recital 

Students must perform a public degree recital in their second year.  

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website. 

Juries

Master’s students in string performance, chamber music performance or literature/pedagogy must perform a 10-minute jury in their first semester and a 20-minute jury in their second semester of study. The long jury must be completed successfully before the required recitals can be attempted. No more juries 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. 

Students should fill out a jury form and provide it to their instructor for every semester of study until the jury sequence for a degree program is fulfilled. 

 

M.M. Jury Requirements for All String Instruments
Instrument

Short Jury Repertoire
(10 minutes | 480a)

all concerto & unaccompanied 
works must be memorized*

Long Jury Repertoire
(20 minutes | 480b)

all concerto & unaccompanied 
works must be memorized*

Violin

1) One complete movement from J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo Violin (the Doubles for each movement must be prepared as a pair)

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) One Movement of solo Bach

2) Two or more contrasting pieces drawn from the sonata or 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 Requirements

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 other 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 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); a concerto etude, solo, duo, or chamber work by a major or harpist composer.

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

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.

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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