Application Deadline: Dec. 1


An application and audition are required for current University of Texas at Austin students wishing to transfer to the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music or add music as a simultaneous major. The Butler School of Music accepts applications for fall semesters only.

Students admitted as freshmen must remain in their original major for one academic year; transfer students must remain in their original major until the next available fall semester. Please visit the General Information Catalog for additional information.

Students who plan to transfer to music must be in compliance with the university's conditions for transfer between divisions.

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.

Students interested in taking classes, not becoming music majors, should refer to the non-music major webpage.

Internal transfer and simultaneous major applicants are required to attend a Group Information Session. Due to time constraints, individual appointment requests cannot be accommodated.


Butler School of Music Application Instructions

All applicants must submit the Butler School of Music application to be considered for a degree in music. The online application will allow you to request an audition/interview date and upload letters of recommendation, prescreening materials, portfolios and résumés, as applicable to your program. Materials must be uploaded to your application before the form can be submitted for review. Do not complete more than one application without prior approval.

Attend a Group Information Session

Prior to submitting an application to the Butler School of Music, all prospective internal transfer and simultaneous major applicants are required to attend a group information session. The session will enhance your understanding of university policies effecting internal transfer/simultaneous major applicants, application/audition requirements and studying music as a major at UT Austin. The information session will be co-hosted by an admissions representative and a member of the advising team. Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Wed., Oct. 12: 4-5 p.m. in MRH M3.114
  • Thurs., Oct. 27: 4-5 p.m. in MRH 2.614
  • Mon., Nov. 7: 4-5 p.m. in MRH 2.604
  • Tues., Nov. 22: 4-5 p.m. in MRH 2.634

Students are not required to R.S.V.P. and can attend any of the sessions listed above.

Upload the following documents to your Butler School of Music application:

Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. If possible, these letters should come from references who know your work as a musician. Upload your letters to the Butler School of Music application -OR- enter your references' email addresses directly into the application. Once your complete application is submitted, references will receive an email invitation that will allow them to upload recommendations directly. Letters are due by Dec. 1. Letters that are sent by mail, fax or email will not be reviewed.

Prescreening Video

Bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, flute, jazz guitar, piano, viola, violin, voice (regardless of degree of interest), as well as B.A. in Music: Music Composition and B.M. Music Composition applicants must submit a video prescreening recording to be considered for an audition or interview. Prescreening results are released in mid-December. Prescreening repertoire requirements are available on the audition webpage.

Composition Portfolio

B.A. in Music: Music Composition, B.M. Music Composition and B.M. Jazz Composition applicants must submit a portfolio of three to five original compositions, preferably for different combinations of instruments and/or voices. Scores must be accompanied by recorded performances.

Résumé

Although a résumé 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, honors and awards.

Schedule an Audition

All undergraduate applicants, with the exception of B.A. in Music: Music Composition and B.M. Music Composition applicants only, must perform and pass an audition to pursue a degree in music.

Select your preferred audition date on the Butler School of Music application. Applicants in prescreening areas will receive results in mid-December. Those with positive results will be invited to audition on campus. Clarinet and flute applicants must audition in person. String and voice applicants must audition in person unless currently residing outside of the United States. A list of audition dates and repertoire requirements is available on the audition webpage.

Schedule an Interview

All B.A. in Music: Music Composition and B.M. Music Composition applicants must interview with the composition faculty. Applicants will be invited to interview after a successful review of the composition portfolio and other submitted materials.

Select your preferred interview date on the Butler School of Music application. Prescreening results will be available in mid-December. Those with positive results will be invited to interview on campus. B.A. in Music: Music Composition and B.M. Music Composition applicants must interview in person. A list of interview dates and interview requirements is available on the audition webpage.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be advised before becoming a music major?

An advising team member will be present at the internal transfer/simultaneous major Group Information Session. Due to time constraints, individual appointment requests cannot be accommodated. Until a student has been officially accepted and changed their major, they must continue to consult their current department for advising.

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 Course Schedule and Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) 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.

What coursework can I take before being accepted into the Butler School of Music?

The information below is based on the 2014-2016 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 College of Fine Arts 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.

  • Consult your desired degree plan. All degrees contain core requirements.
  • Ensembles: Ensembles are open to any university student who can pass the ensemble audition. All music degrees require four to eight semesters of ensembles.
  • MUS 306M: An introduction to music theory for non-music majors. If you have music theory experience contact Prof. Almén and request to be put on the wait list for non-music majors to take MUS 605a: Musicianship (fall only).
  • Music Studies (Music Education): Longhorn Band, PSY 301, PSY 304, ALD 322
  • 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.
  • BA in Music: Composition: MUS 214C, an introduction to contemporary composition. Requires consent of the instructor or concurrent enrollment in MUS 411 & MUS 612.

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 Butler School of Music 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.


Helpful Hints for a Smooth Application Process

  • Attend a Group Information Session as early in the process as possible.
  • Include your UT EID and full name on any document you submit to the Butler School of Music.
  • Print this webpage for your fridge or bulletin board.
  • Add "uga@mail.music.utexas.edu" to your safe senders list.