Degree Requirements - Keyboard - BM Instrumental Music Studies

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Degree Requirements


BM • Instrumental Music Studies


The 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Studies degree leads to all-level music teacher certification in public schools. In addition to extensive training in music teaching and learning, students take lessons in their primary instrument, participate in ensembles and receive comprehensive instruction in music theory and music history. Music Studies majors also complete the university’s core curriculum


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Music & Human Learning Faculty

  • Robert A. Duke

    Director, Center for Human Learning
  • Suzanne Pence

    Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning, Choral Conducting
  • Laurie Scott

    Associate Professor of Music and Human Learning
    Director, The University of Texas String Project
    Director, Musical Lives
  • Amy Simmons

    Senior Lecturer in Music and Human Learning
  • Justin J. West

    Assistant Professor of Music and Human Learning
  • Marjorie Yankeelov

    Lecturer in Music and Human Learning



Degree Requirements 

Degree plans provide you with a list of all the courses that are required to earn a specific degree. You can use them to decide on a major, compare the differences in degrees, and to make informed decisions in choosing which courses to take each semester. 

Undergraduate degree plans are available on the College of Fine Arts website. 


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Students in a Music Studies degree are required to do a Community Recital, in which the student arranges for a space off-campus independently. The recital must be at least 30 minutes in length. To schedule a Community Recital, please contact Prof. Amy Simmons for paperwork. 

Alternatively, Music Studies students may apply to perform a Recognition in Music Performance Recital, provided they are enrolled in principal instrument course 260. This petition may be submitted during any semester in which the student is enrolled in principal instrument course 260. Students will then perform a Full Division Faculty Jury (FDFJ). After successfully passing the FDFJ, the student must present a recognition recital during the following academic year. The student may also enroll in Music 420R rather than principal instrument course 260 for the semester in which the Recognition Recital is to be given. 

Find recital scheduling procedures for the Recognition in Music Performance Recital on the Butler School Operations website. 


Bachelor of Music Studies piano and organ students must perform 10-minute juries in both fall and spring for the first three years of study. If a student performs a Recognition in Music Performance or Community Recital in the third year, the jury requirement for that semester will be waived. Students should provide a “jury sheet” for the faculty with repertory they have prepared.

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 and pass in order to advance to the next level.

Semester grades for applied lessons are comprised of the following:

50% grade from studio teacher

50% jury grade from keyboard faculty other than studio teacher

Find more information about this semester's juries, including FDFJ forms and deadlines. 




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