A Message From the Director

Headshot of Mary Ellen Poole.

Located in one of our nation’s most musical cities, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs designed to prepare artists, thinkers, makers and teachers ready and able to make profound contributions to the future of music. It’s a privilege to come to work every day in this community of gifted and generous students, faculty and staff.

What starts here changes the world … and the world is listening.

Mary Ellen Poole 
Director, Butler School of Music
Florence Thelma Hall Centennial Chair in Music

About the Butler School of Music

Music has been a critical part of life at UT Austin since 1914. The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music is where students full of potential find their mentors and guides in a faculty comprised of extraordinary performers, composers, and scholars. Days and nights at the Butler School are charged with the energy of new opportunities, new challenges and new contributions to the art form. We offer a comprehensive array of degree programs from the bachelors to the doctoral level in performance, composition, music and human learning, jazz, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy and liberal studies in music. Just as Texas is a place where anything is possible, the Butler School makes everything possible.

With a ratio of less than seven to one, our approximately 100 music faculty are able to give more than 650 music majors invaluable personal attention. As a part of one of the country’s major universities, the Butler School brings the world to its students with opportunities such as Texas Performing Arts, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library and many other centers and special programs. These organizations regularly bring outstanding guests to campus, and provide research materials unmatched on most campuses. The Butler School alone presents some 600 concerts, recitals, operas and other special events annually.

In March 2008, Sarah and Ernest Butler announced their generous gift to the UT School of Music, the largest ever to any public university school of music in America. This extraordinary gift of $55 million was designated to support student scholarships, faculty research and various programs throughout the school. In appreciation, we are proud now to bear their name. We are deeply grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Butler for their generosity.

The Butler School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).