Master of Music
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.
|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 & Area Counselor, Opera||Tamara Sanikidze|
|Area Counselor, Voice & Pedagogy||Darlene Wiley|
|Director & Principal Coach, Butler Opera Center||Tamara Sanikidze|
|Conductor & Coach, Butler Opera Center||Douglas Kinney Frost|
|Stage Director, Butler Opera Center||Chía Patiño|
|Collaborative Piano||Rick Rowley|
|Voice||Donnie Ray Albert|
The M.M. in Opera Performance requires 32 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and two recitals.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
|4||OPR 280||Graduate Opera Performance (2 semesters)|
MUS 698RA and
|8||VOI 280||Graduate Voice Performance (4 semesters)|
|2||MUS 280D||Topics in Diction and Translation|
Advanced Studies in Music Literature, Opera
MUS 379K Opera Literature may substitute.
A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester.
Opera students may use a performance of a role for the Master’s Recital. Students using an opera production toward the recital should contact email@example.com before the performance takes place.
|Hours||Course Number||Course Title/Description|
MUS 388T or
Analytical Techniques or
|3||TD 381F||Advanced Acting & Directing|
Students must demonstrate written and conversational proficiency in English, Italian, French, and German prior to graduation.
Master’s students in Vocal performance/Literature and Pedagogy and Opera Performance must perform a 10-minute jury for during the first two semesters of study. Repertoire should consist of advanced art songs and arias, chosen in collaboration with the student’s instructor. All jury repertoire must be memorized.
Students should provide a “jury sheet” for all of the faculty with the repertoire they have prepared. Students are required to give minute synopsis for each selection from the stage.
Postponements are allowed for extenuating circumstances (injury, death in the family, etc.). No-shows are considered a failure. If a jury is postponed, the student must perform the jury within the first twelve class days of the following semester.
Jury comments from faculty will be shared with students.
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
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