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Music (M.M.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Music degree program in the Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Master of Music degree offers the opportunity for advanced study for qualified students who wish to emphasize in several areas. Students may emphasize in instrumental or choral conducting, vocal or instrumental performance, music education, or piano or vocal Pedagogy. The Master of Music degree is designed to develop and foster high achievement in performance and teaching; to prepare the student for a career as a performer, conductor, or educator; or to serve as a basis for pursuing doctoral studies in music.

Degree Requirements

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 31 to 36 hours depending on the emphasis.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Applicants are expected to hold the Bachelor of Music degree or Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in their intended area of graduate emphasis or the equivalent.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: Not required

Resume: Not required

Letters of Recommendations: 3 L/R Required- from established professionals commenting on the appropriateness of graduate study in music for the applicant

Statement of Purpose: Recommended

Instrumental and Choral Conducting: Audition in person or provide a recent digital video (CD or DVD format preferred, VHS videotape accepted) demonstrating the mastery in a rehearsal or performance situation.

Vocal or Instrumental Performance: Audition in person (or with acceptable justification approved by the auditioning committee provide a recent digital recording) demonstrating the mastery in the proposed performance medium.

Music Education: Submit a digital video of teaching skills (CD or DVD format preferred, VHS videotape accepted), a curriculum vitae or portfolio, document two years of successful elementary or secondary level teaching, and complete written entrance exam.

Piano Pedagogy and Performance or Vocal Pedagogy and Performance: Audition in person or provide a recent digital recording or video (CD or DVD preferred, VHS videotape accepted) demonstrating the level of mastery in the proposed pedagogy and performance medium.

Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.

International Applicants:

  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.

Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Drew Stephen, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-5686

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