BUTLER SCHOOL OF MUSIC APPLICATION DEADLINES
Fall: January 1
Prescreening: December 1
Spring: October 1
Prescreening: October 1
Spring applications are accepted on a space available basis. Voice applications will not be accepted. Availability in other areas will be posted by late summer.
An application and audition are required for current UT Austin students wishing to transfer to Music or add Music as a simultaneous major. Students who plan to add Music as a simultaneous major must earn at least 30 semester hours of coursework in residence before the applied semester of entry. Please visit the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information
If you are only interested in taking classes, not becoming a Music major, please refer to the Non-music majors and Music Minor webpages.
Can I be advised before becoming a music major?
Since music courses are restricted to current music majors only, the best course of action for a student hoping to become a music major would be to consult the Undergraduate Catalog and Interactive Degree Audit online. Examining the degree guidelines should allow you to find what core requirements you can complete that would be needed for a music degree. Having a substantial amount of these courses completed will be very advantageous, as all of the Music degrees require a substantial amount time beyond the listed contact hours of courses. If you are unsure about how to use IDA please consult your own advisor.
Until a student has been officially accepted AND changed their major, they must continue to consult their current department for advising.
What coursework can I take before being accepted into the Butler School of Music?
The information below is based on the 2012-2014 catalog. It is provided for information purposes only and is not necessarily a recommendation or endorsement for registration. If you are in an earlier catalog, please visit the COFA website to download the appropriate degree guidelines.
You are highly encouraged to speak with an advisor in your major college or department before registering for any coursework not already required in your present degree.
1. Consult your desired degree plan. All degrees contain core requirements.
2. Ensembles: Ensembles are open to any UT student who can pass the ensemble audition. All music degrees require between four and eight semesters of ensembles.
3. MUS 306M: An introduction to music theory for non-music majors. If you have music theory experience contact Prof. Almen and request to be put on the waitlist for non-music majors to take MUS 605a: Musicianship (Fall only).
4. Music Studies (Education): Longhorn Band, PSY 301, PSY 304, ALD 322
5. Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees: Six semester hours of one foreign language beyond 507, 508K, 601D, 604 or the equivalent. Please see the degree plan for more detailed information.
6. BA in Music Business: CMS Elective. Please see the degree plan for approved prefixes. May not be crosslisted with courses within the BSoM.
7. BA in Recording Technology: M 408C, M 408D, PHY 303D/317K, PHY 303L/317L
Can I take lessons to help me prepare for the Butler School of Music admission audition?
Private instruction is available to non-music majors on most instruments. Please visit the non-music majors webpage for more information. Please note that non-music major ("201") lessons are at a different level than lessons for music majors. "201" lessons will not necessarily transfer to the "210" or "312" levels.
If I am admitted to the BSoM for the fall, what music courses could I take over the summer to prepare?
Visit the Course Schedule to view classes offered over the summer. The easiest way to view available music courses is to search for MUS in the field. Please be aware that most courses will be restricted or geared towards non-music majors. Music theory, music history, performance lessons, and class piano are typically not offered in the summer months.
Updated requirements for spring/fall 2014 entry will be available by July 1.
1. Complete and submit the online Butler School of Music application form before the deadline to request an audition date. Please note that applicants in prescreening areas may have an earlier deadline. Clarinet, flute, string, and voice applicants must audition in person unless currently residing outside of the United States.
2. Prescreening applicants (flute, jazz guitar, violin, and voice only): Submit a prescreening recording by December 1 for Fall admission or October 1 for Spring admission. The Butler School of Music application must also be submitted by that date. Prescreening requirements can be found within the audition requirements.
3. Submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation. If possible, these letters should come from your private music teachers, high school/college band/orchestra/choral teachers, counselors, or others who know your work as a musician. Letters are by the deadline at the top of the page.
4. Composition, Recording Technology, and Music Business applicants: You are required to submit supplemental materials in addition to the UT application and the BSoM application and audition. The deadline to submit supplemental materials for Fall admission is December 1 for Composition applicants, and January 1 for Recording Technology and Music Business applicants. October 1 is the deadline for supplemental materials for Spring admission.
5. Submit an expanded music resume by mail or fax. Although a music resume is not required to complete your application for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit one. Think of it as your opportunity to provide us with a complete picture of your activities, important performances, and honors and awards.
6. Perform and pass your audition. All undergraduate applicants must perform and pass an audition to pursue a degree in music.
Internal Transfer BSoM Application Checklist - Fall
Internal Transfer BSoM Application Checklist - Spring
You will receive notification of your audition results after the final BSoM audition date. If you pass your audition, the final approval for your major change will not be given until your grades for the current semester have been reported and we find that you are not in violation of The University's Guidelines for Transfer between Schools, which can be found in the appropriate General Information Catalog available through the Office of the Registrar. You can only change your major code during an advising or registration time. If you have questions about this process, please contact Ms. Borshard.