Music and Human Learning
The program in Music and Human Learning is one of the most comprehensive and highly regarded in the country. Comprising nearly half 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.
Bachelor of Music (leading to teacher certification)
The Bachelor of Music program is premised on the belief that excellent music teaching is predicated on excellent musicianship. Thus, the development of musical artistry and scholarship grounded in a strong liberal arts education is central to the teacher certification program in music education. 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. All 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 these degrees 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 professional life in the schools. 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 Philosophy and 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 active authors and scholars in Music and Human Learning, including members of the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education (Robert Duke, Eugenia Costa-Giomi, and Judith Jellison), the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and Psychomusicology (Robert Duke), the Journal of Music Therapy (Judith Jellison), and Texas Music Education Research (Robert Duke, Judith Jellison, and Suzanne Pence); authors of Silver Burdett Making Music (Hunter March, Judith Jellison, and Robert Duke); and the author of Mastery for Strings (Laurie Scott).