Master of Music
Doctor of Musical Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

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Campus address: Music Recital Hall (MRH) 3.706, phone (512) 232-2066; campus mail code: E3100

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Butler School of Music, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive Stop E3100, Austin TX 78712



Facilities for Graduate Work

The Fine Arts Library has excellent facilities for research in its collection of books, scores, periodicals, microforms, and sound recordings. In addition, the Harry Ransom Center houses many special collections of importance, including the Kraus Libretti Collection, the Bachmann Collection, the Carlton Lake Collection, and the Theodore Finney Collection. The Butler School of Music also maintains a collection of authentic early instruments, non-Western instruments, and folk instruments that are available for performance.

Areas of Study

Performance. Degrees in this area are awarded for performance on brass, woodwind, percussion, keyboard, and stringed instruments, and in voice, opera, collaborative piano, and chamber music. In addition to demonstrating the technical achievements of the artist-performer, the student is expected to exhibit a thorough knowledge of the theoretical, pedagogical, and historical aspects of the major, as well as a knowledge of the literature of the performance area.

Music and Human Learning. Students in this major study the fundamental principles of human learning and behavior as applied in all aspects of music activity, including performance, perception, composition, analysis, pedagogy, and the role of music in elementary and secondary schools and in higher education. Individual courses of study are uniquely designed to broaden and refine the knowledge and skills of experienced educators, preparing them for advanced careers as teachers and scholars in the various dimensions of research and professional education.

Musicology/Ethnomusicology. Students in this major have the opportunity to acquire the appropriate tools and methods of research in both historical musicology and ethnomusicology, and to study the history of music from the remote past to the present as well as the nature and function of music in the cultures of the world. The student also has the opportunity to do research in any historical aspect of music and to undertake field research in any cultural area. This major provides preparation for positions in college teaching, in research, in music criticism, and, with additional training, in library work. A broad background in the humanities and social sciences is essential for this area of study. Languages, history, philosophy (aesthetics), psychology, anthropology, cultural studies, and sociology are supporting, related fields.

Composition. Students in this major have the opportunity to acquire the tools to create music and convey their musical ideas through a variety of performance media. Students are expected to exhibit a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and historical basis of music and to develop strong pedagogical skills. A comprehensive general curriculum and optional concentrations in various areas of specialization help to prepare students for advanced careers as composers and teachers.

Conducting. Students in this major study the artistic, technical, physical, and leadership principles and skills required of successful conductors at the professional and postsecondary levels. Intensive coursework in conducting, score study, analysis, musicology, and theory is combined with opportunities to conduct University ensembles. Individual courses of study are tailored to prepare students for advanced careers as artists and teachers.

Theory. Students in this major study the principles of music, develop skills in music analysis and scholarly research, and prepare themselves to become college teachers in music theory. Competence in keyboard performance, proficiency in aural skills, a thorough knowledge of the pedagogy of music theory, and a broad background in the humanities are essential for this area of study.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) in the spring 2020 semester.

Gregory D Allen
Joel Braun
Nathaniel O Brickens
Andrew A Brownell
James W Buhler
Thomas A Burritt
Charles Daniel Carson
Andrew F Dell'Antonio
Eric A Drott
Robert A Duke
Veit F Erlmann
John M Fremgen
Marianne Gedigian
Sophia Gilmson
Donald J Grantham
Jonathan F Gunn
Scott S Hanna
Robert S Hatten
Jeffrey L Hellmer
Adam Holzman
Patrick Hughes
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Jerry F Junkin
Brian D Lewis
Hannah Lewis
William L Lewis
John R Mills
Robin D Moore
James M Morrow Jr
Roger E Myers
Luisa Nardini
Anton Nel
Guido Olivieri
Stephen C Page
Andrew A Parker
Suzanne M Pence
Bruce W Pennycook
Mary Ellen Poole
Laurie Pierce Scott
Sonia T Seeman
Yevgeniy Sharlat
Amy L Simmons
Stephen M Slawek
David A Small
Nikita Storojev
Bion Tsang
Michael C Tusa
Colette T Valentine
Charles W Villarrubia
Marianne Wheeldon
Darlene C Wiley