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.

Visiting our Undergraduate Programs
Visiting our Graduate Programs
Visits and Information for Non-Music Majors
College Fair Schedule
Directions and Accommodations

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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 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 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.

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. We are no longer accepting Shadow Day requests for the fall 2016 semester.

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 January - February due to the structure of the audition and admissions cycle, or March 3, 17, 31, April 17, 24, May 1, 2, 12-19 and June 23-26. 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.

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 ensemble auditions webpage for audition dates and requirements.

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. Please direct inquiries to the appropriate department.

Transcript-recognized minors will be 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 Arts Management and Administration Minor and the Art History Minor. Please direct inquiries to the appropriate department.

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College Fair Schedule

Representatives from the College of Fine Arts and Butler School of Music will be in attendance at the following college fairs:

Idyllwild Arts College Fair
Idyllwild Arts Academy - Idyllwild, CA
Wednesday, October 19, 2016: 12-2 p.m.

OCSA College Fair
Orange County School of the Arts - Santa Ana, CA
Thursday, October 20, 2016: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

LACHSA College Fair
L.A. County High School for the Arts - Los Angeles, CA
Friday, October 21, 2016

Los Angeles Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
University of California, Los Angeles - Ackerman Union
Saturday, October 22, 2016: 1-3:30 p.m.

Fort Worth Youth Orchestra College Fair
Orchestra Hall - Fort Worth, TX
Sunday, October 23, 2016: 2-5 p.m.

Houston Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Rice University - Shepherd School of Music
Tuesday, November 1, 2016: 7-9 p.m.

Dallas Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
Irving Convention Center - Irving, TX
Thursday, November 3, 2017: 7-9 p.m.

Austin Performing and Visual Arts College Fair
AISD Performing Arts Center - Austin, TX
Sunday, November 6, 2016: 1-3 p.m.

TMEA College Night
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio, TX
Friday, February 10, 2017: 5-8 p.m.

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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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