Application Deadline: Dec. 1


Graduate School Requirements: All Applicants

Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the ApplyTexas application, application fee and transcripts. Music & Human Learning applicants are required to submit a GRE score. International applicants should review the Graduate School instructions to determine if they are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.


Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Requirements: M.M. Music & Human Learning

Submit the following documents through the Butler School of Music application:

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is a 500-word essay outlining your objectives for graduate study, career plans and reasons for applying to our program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendation letters, written in the last 12 months, pertaining to your potential for graduate study in music are required. Provide contact information for your three chosen references in your Butler School of Music application. Notification emails will be sent to your references after you submit the application. Any delay in submitting your application will delay the notifications to your references.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants for graduate degree programs must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) providing complete information concerning musical training, experience, awards, honors, publications and performances.


Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Requirements: D.M.A./Ph.D. Music & Human Learning

Submit the following documents through the Butler School of Music application:

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is a 500-word essay outlining your objectives for graduate study, career plans and reasons for applying to our program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendation letters, written in the last 12 months, pertaining to your potential for graduate study in music are required. Provide contact information for your three chosen references in your Butler School of Music application. Notification emails will be sent to your references after you submit the application. Any delay in submitting your application will delay the notifications to your references.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants for graduate degree programs must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) providing complete information concerning musical training, experience, awards, honors, publications and performances.

Teaching Samples

All doctoral Music & Human Learning applicants must submit sample teaching videos that include at least two teaching episodes (e.g., rehearsal, private lesson or classroom instruction) of no less than 20 minutes each. The episodes should display teacher and student interactions and be unedited.

Writing Samples

Submit one to two substantive written documents that will give the evaluating faculty an indication of your writing and rhetorical abilities (e.g., current version of M.M. thesis, articles or research papers).

Prescreening

Applicants to doctoral programs in Music & Human Learning are prescreened on the basis of all application materials, including the teaching samples uploaded through the Butler School of Music application. To be eligible for admission consideration, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Ph.D. Music & Human Learning: three years of successful school teaching
  • D.M.A. Music & Human Learning (all): two years of successful studio or school teaching
  • D.M.A. Music & Human Learning - Piano Pedagogy Emphasis: a master's degree and successful completion and the D.M.A. Piano Performance prescreening process
  • D.M.A. Music & Human Learning - Jazz Emphasis: a master's degree and successful experience in the jazz idiom as either a teacher, composer, arranger or performer

Selected applicants will be invited to campus for a formal review that includes a writing exercise and an interview. D.M.A. Music & Human Learning - Piano Pedagogy Emphasis applicants will also perform an in-person audition at this time.

Repertoire List (D.M.A. Music & Human Learning - Piano Pedagogy Emphasis applicants only)

The repertoire list should include solo works performed in a recital, jury or studio class (including concertos and other large ensemble works featuring prominent solo passages), chamber works and a representative selection of large ensemble repertoire, as appropriate.

Select an Audition Date (D.M.A. Music & Human Learning - Piano Pedagogy Emphasis applicants only)

All D.M.A. Music & Human Learning, Piano Pedagogy Emphasis applicants must perform and pass a live, on-campus, audition to pursue a degree in music. Applicants will receive prescreening results in mid-December, and those with positive results will be invited to audition on campus.

D.M.A. Music & Human Learning - Piano Pedagogy Prescreening and Audition Requirements

Prescreening (required): 

The prescreening recording must include the performance of a recital program consisting of at least 45 minutes of music. Applicants should select pieces that represent the highest level of their musicality and abilities. A minimum of three styles should be represented, including all or part of a major work from the classical period.

Upload and attach your video prescreening to the Butler School of Music application form and submit by December 1. Audio-only prescreening submissions do not qualify.

Live audition (if invited):

If invited for a live audition the actual duration of the live audition will be shorter, but 45 minutes of music should be prepared. Applicants invited to a live audition may submit a full repertoire list to be included in their application file.


Helpful Hints for a Smooth Application Process

  1. Include your UT EID and full name on any document you submit to the Graduate School or the Butler School of Music.
  2. Use MyStatus to track the receipt of credentials sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. You will need your UT EID and password to access this service. You will not be able to check the status of your admission file prior to submitting the ApplyTexas online application and receiving the acknowledgement email with your UT EID and temporary password. Check your application status regularly.
  3. Add "mga@mail.music.utexas.edu" to your safe senders list.