We invite prospective students to attend information sessions, tour the Butler School of Music facilities, participate in a Shadow Day, attend a performance or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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Visiting our Undergraduate Programs

INFORMATION SESSIONS AND TOURS

Prospective students can schedule a personalized campus visit online. Select from a variety of visit-related activities, including admissions information sessions, campus tours and a College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour. The Fine Arts Information Session and Tour is held most Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. The session provides an overview of degree programs in the Butler School of Music, Department of Art and Art History and the Department of Theatre and Dance, an introduction to the college’s audition and portfolio requirements for admission and information for non-fine arts majors. The session concludes with a walking tour of the Butler School of Music. Summer Fine Arts Information Session and Tour dates will be available in the next few weeks.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE ADMISSIONS EVENTS

Each year the Office of Admissions hosts a variety of open houses on campus for prospective students and their families. Taking part in campus events offers you the opportunity to see what the campus is really like, interact with other prospective students and receive information directly from the staff members and admissions counselors.

SHADOW DAYS

Shadow Days are available in March and April for applicants who have been accepted to the university as music majors for the following fall. Please email Ms. Borshard for information if you qualify. Shadow Day requests for the fall 2017 semester will be accepted beginning Sept. 1, 2017.

INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE MUSIC MAJORS

Sarah Borshard, Assistant Director, Admissions, is happy to meet individually with prospective freshmen and transfer applicants who are interested in majoring in music. Ms. Borshard is not available to meet with prospective non-music majors at this time. Appointments are available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice. To request an appointment, email Ms. Borshard directly with your preferred meeting date and time, degree of interest and primary instrument. Please note that as described on the external transfer admission webpage, Ms. Borshard does not evaluate transcripts or advise for coursework. Tip: Conversations with admissions staff are not interviews and do not influence our admissions decisions.

Ms. Borshard is not available April 17, May 1, 2, 12-19, 26, June 23-26, July 3 and August 11-27. Please plan to register for the College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour if you would like to visit during this time. The university is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; Dec. 23, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.

If you would like to visit with a member of the Butler School of Music faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment.

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Visiting our Graduate Programs

Dan Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, is happy to meet individually with prospective graduate applicants. Appointments are available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice. To request an appointment, email Mr. Seriff directly with your preferred meeting date and time, degree of interest and primary instrument, if applicable. Tip: Conversations with admissions staff are not interviews and do not influence our admissions decisions.

Mr. Seriff is not available May 15 - June 16. The university is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; Dec. 23, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.

If you would like to visit with a member of the Butler School of Music faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment.

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Visits and Information for Non-Music Majors

The College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour is held most Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. The session provides an overview of degree programs in the College of Fine Arts, an introduction to the college’s requirements for admission and information for non-fine arts majors. The session concludes with a walking tour of the Butler School of Music.

Ms. Borshard and Mr. Seriff are only available to meet with prospective music majors.

Ensembles

Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled university student who can pass the ensemble audition. Visit the ensembles webpage for information.

Private Lessons & Group Instruction

Private lesson and group instruction courses for non-music majors are available in certain areas.

Academic Music Coursework

Visit the course schedule for a list of music coursework. Most classes will appear under the MUS field of study. Many academic music courses (theory, history, etc.) are restricted to allow only music majors to register, however, all MUS courses fulfilling the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) core curriculum requirement are open and unrestricted. Non-music majors are required to obtain instructor approval to register for restricted courses. The process for receiving instructor approval for a restricted course is described on the non-music major webpage. The Butler School of Music does not advise non-music majors, so music course(s) taken for degree purposes must be approved by your advisor for your major.

Undergraduate Certificates & Minors

Although the Butler School of Music does not offer a transcriptable certificate, students with an interest in fine arts might consider the certificates in Digital Arts & MediaInnovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies and Textile Conservation and Museum Studies.

Transcript-recognized minors are available to students following the 2016-2018 catalog. The Butler School does not offer a minor in music. Students with an interest in fine arts might consider the Minor in Arts Management and Administration and the Art History Minor.

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Maps, Directions and Parking Information

The University of Texas at Austin is located in the heart of the city of Austin, just north of the downtown area. Campus is just two miles from the State Capitol. Main thoroughfares around campus include Guadalupe to the west, MLK to the south, Red River to the east and 26th (Dean Keeton) to the north.

HOTELS

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is the university's premiere hotel and meeting site, and the only hotel located on the campus itself. Other hotels close to the Butler School of Music are Days Inn - University and Rodeway Inn - University.

The Butler School of Music cannot arrange or provide accommodations for any applicant or visitor.

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