About the Program
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 qualified students to pursue advanced study in music with an emphasis in conducting, music performance, music education, or pedagogy and performance. The 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.
Students may enroll in Master's Degrees with an emphasis in performance in voice, piano, organ, guitar, strings, woodwinds, percussion or brass; in choral or instrumental conducting; in music education; or in vocal or piano pedagogy and performance. Also offered are Graduate Certificates in keyboard pedagogy and keyboard performance.
Graduate courses are offered on a rotating basis throughout the year, allowing students to complete degrees by taking evening and summer classes.
Program Admission Requirements
Students applying for the Master of Music Degree or the Graduate Certificate in Music must satisfy both university and departmental admission requirements. In order to be considered for admission all students must:
- Hold a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in their intended area of graduate emphasis or the equivalent
- Complete the official online application for the University of Texas at San Antonio Graduate School
- Complete the Audition Application Form. Please complete this form even if you plan to audition by video or, in the case of music education applicants, you are submitting teaching materials. The Audition Application Form provides the department of music with important contact information and helps us to process your application efficiently.
Specific audition requirements for each emphasis are listed on the individual Master of Music and Graduate Certificate pages. The Music Department does not require the GRE.
The Department of Music occupies a wing of the Arts Building that includes a 500-seat recital hall, two large rehearsal halls, practice rooms, classrooms, and faculty studios and offices. There is also a 300-seat theater in the Buena Vista Street Building at the UTSA Downtown campus.
The music faculty are incorporating technology into all levels of instruction, performance, and composition. This effort is enhanced by a state-of-the-art student computer lab with MIDI keyboards, synthesizers, and music software.
Area Coordinators Contact Information
|Piano/Organ Performance - Dr. Kasandra Keeling|
|Voice Performance - Prof. John Nix|
|Instrumental Performance - Dr. Rita Linard|
|Guitar Performance - Dr. Matthew Dunne|
|String Performance - Dr. Eugene Dowdy|
|Choral Conducting - Dr. John Silantien|
|Instrumental Conducting - Dr. Eugene Dowdy|
|Music Education - Dr. Susan Dill|
|Piano Pedagogy and Performance - Dr. Kasandra Keeling|
|Vocal Pedagogy and Performance - Prof. John Nix|
For more information, contact:
or fill out this form to receive more information.
- Graduate Catalog
Graduate Student Handbook
- The Master of Music section in the Graduate Catalog
- Graduate Course Offerings
- Graduate Assistantship Application Form
- UTSA Graduate School website
For more information about the UTSA Master of Music
and to have an application sent to you, please fill out the form below.
If you wish to be admitted as an undergraduate, please phone the Music Department at (210) 458-4355.