The program in Music and Human Learning is one of the most comprehensive and highly regarded in the country. Comprising approximately one third of the undergraduate population in the Butler School of Music, the Bachelor of Music programs in vocal and instrumental music prepare students for productive lives as successful teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Graduate programs are uniquely designed to broaden and refine the knowledge and skills of experienced educators leading to advanced careers as teachers and scholars in all dimensions of professional education. More information is available on the Center for Music Learning website.


Bachelor of Music (UTeach, Leading to Teacher Certification) 

The Bachelor of Music program rests on the belief that excellent music teaching is predicated on excellent musicianship, and the development of musical artistry and scholarship grounded in a strong liberal arts education is central to the teacher certification program in music. Our students participate in all of the major performing ensembles in the School and study with artist faculty along with their peers majoring in music performance. Admission to the teacher certification program is highly selective and is based on students' demonstration of knowledge and skills in performance on a principal instrument or voice, conducting, music theory, music history, and keyboard. Once formally admitted to the upper division program, students participate in professional development courses in music that include extensive field experiences in the public schools. Courses in the music teacher preparation program are taught in the Butler School of Music by faculty with years of successful experience as public school teachers.

Master of Music 

The graduate program includes two Master of Music degrees in Music and Human Learning, one of which is designed for students interested in continuing advanced study in higher education and culminates in a master's thesis. The other is designed for teachers who plan to return to the elementary or secondary classroom and focuses on the development of pedagogical skills, culminating in a master's project related to the student's future professional goals. The coursework for all master's programs is selected in consultation with a graduate advisor who, in collaboration with each student, designs an individualized program of study expressly suited to the student's needs and professional aspirations.

Doctor of Musical Arts 

The doctoral program includes a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music and Human Learning, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an emphasis in either piano pedagogy or jazz. Like the master's degrees, the doctoral programs are designed in consultation with a graduate advisor to reflect the student's long-term career goals.

Graduate Program Faculty Information​

The graduate program is distinguished by faculty who are leading authors and scholars in Music Education, Therapy and Psychology. They include current and former members of the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education (Robert Duke, Judith Jellison and Amy Simmons), the Journal of Music Therapy (Judith Jellison), the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Psychomusicology (Robert Duke), and Texas Music Education Research (Robert Duke, Judith Jellison, Laurie Scott, Amy Simmons, and Suzanne Pence), as well as authors of the popular texts Intelligent Music Teaching, The Habits of Musicianship, and Brain Briefs (Robert Duke), Including Everyone (Judith Jellison), and From the Stage to the Studio and Mastery for Strings (Laurie Scott), and Silver Burdett Making Music (Hunter March, Judith Jellison, and Robert Duke).