I'd like to visit The University of Texas at Austin and the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. What should I do and where should I stay?
Plan a visit online. You can select from a variety of visit-related activities, including admissions information sessions, campus tours, residence hall tours and a College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour. The College of Fine Arts Session is offered most Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Registration generally opens one month in advance.
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 Austin/University/Downtown and Rodeway Inn University/Downtown. The Butler School of Music cannot arrange or provide accommodations for any applicant or visitor.
What opportunities are available to non-music majors? How can I stay involved in music?
All Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled university student who can pass the ensemble audition. Ensemble auditions are separate from admission auditions and usually take place just before or during the first week of classes of the fall semester. Longhorn Band auditions take place during the spring and summer.
The course catalog and the non-music major webpage contain additional information on classes open to non-music majors. Non-music majors, with permission of the instructor, can even take some classes that are restricted to music majors. The process for receiving approval is explained on the non-music major webpage. Additional questions may be directed to Stephen Wray, Butler School Registrar.
Does the Butler School of Music accept satisfactory scores on the AP Music Theory exam?
The AP Music Theory exam does not satisfy the requirements for MUS 605A and MUS 605B: Musicianship, the freshman-year music theory courses required for all music majors. Students who complete AP Music Theory will find the first four to six weeks of MUS 605A a good review, with material quickly progressing by the fifth or sixth week. A score of 3-5 on the AP Music Theory Exam will satisfy some or all of the requirements for MUS 306M: Elements of Music, the non-music major music theory course, which may satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts core requirement. A list of acceptable AP exams and scores is available from Learning Sciences.
I want to double major. Is this possible with a music degree?
A student is admitted to The University of Texas at Austin with a single major. He or she may choose a second major after completing 30 semester hours of coursework in residence at the university. The student must follow any application procedures and meet any admission requirements that have been established for the second major. Approval of the student's application for simultaneous major will take into account the student's ability to graduate within four years of entering the university. Please visit the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.
Although you cannot officially declare a simultaneous major until you've earned 30 hours, you can take classes during that first year that will eventually count toward your second degree. We usually recommend that students start out in music since many of our music major classes are restricted. There is one degree that is an exception to this 30-hour rule. If are admitted to Liberal Arts Plan II Honors Program you can declare two majors from the beginning.
Keep in mind that you will be very busy if you decide to pursue a simultaneous major. Music is a very time-consuming degree, as are many other degrees at the university. The music degree plan that lends itself the most easily to a simultaneous major is the Bachelor of Arts in Music, due to the larger number of elective hours that are built into that degree.
Is a specific format required for the letters of recommendation?
There is no specific format required for the letters of recommendation, however, we would greatly appreciate your references providing a concise statement concerning your musical ability, diligence as a student, potential for future development and any other information that may be pertinent to our consideration of your application.
Do I have to audition if I'm not planning to pursue a performance degree?
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. All other degrees require a substantial amount of time in private lessons (four to eight semesters), music theory (four to eight semesters), music history (at least three semesters), ensembles (four to eight semesters) and class piano (two to four semesters). The Butler School of Music expects all applicants to be able to perform well enough in at least one instrument/voice that they can pass an audition and successfully complete the required semesters of lessons.
Should I send my transcript to the Butler School of Music?
The Butler School of Music does not collect transcripts from undergraduate applicants. Please send your transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.
Are there music scholarships available?
Scholarships from the Butler School of Music are competitive music scholarships for music majors, based primarily on the entrance audition. All applicants are considered for scholarship; no additional application is required. Please visit the Financial Aid webpage for additional information.
When will I find out if I have passed my audition?
Freshman applicants: Mid to late February
External Transfer applicants: Late March to early April
Internal Transfer and Simultaneous Major applicants: Late March to early April
In addition to passing the music audition, students must also qualify for general admission to The University of Texas at Austin. The Office of Admissions will be notified of your audition results, will review your application and inform you of their decision accordingly. In most cases, freshmen applicants can expect to have the results of their audition and general application to the university by the end of February. Transfer applicants with 30 completed hours may have the results of their university application by mid April, while those with under 30 hours may not have their results until late May or early June.
I'm interested in and have a passion for music, but I have very little training and do not read music. Can I apply as a music major?
Probably not. Most students who apply as music majors have many years of experience in their instrument or voice and in ensemble performance during their middle and high school years. It is not impossible to apply and pass an audition as a music major without this background, but it is very rare. It would probably be best for you to gain experience and training privately before attempting to audition as a music major.
I play acoustic, electric and/or bass guitar. Can I apply to the Butler School as a music major?
Not unless you can pass an audition in some other instrument. Our guitar program is for classical or jazz guitar. We admit students in both areas who have extensive playing experience. Even the jazz guitar program requires an element of classical playing.
I've completed the ApplyTexas application and listed music as my first-choice major. Is there anything else I need to do?
Yes. Applying to The University of Texas at Austin as a music major is a two-part process. In addition to completing an application to the university's Office of Admissions, all prospective music majors are required to submit an additional application and letters of recommendation and complete an audition for the Butler School. In some cases, a prescreening audition or portfolio may also be required. You may find the application and instructions for applying as a music major on the Butler School of Music Undergraduate Admissions website.
Can I make an appointment to have my transcript evaluated for transfer credit?
Evaluation of individual courses is not available over the phone, in person or by email from the Butler School of Music. Specific course evaluations and decisions about the transferability of individual courses are made only by the university's Office of Admissions after an applicant has been admitted. The Transfer Resources page offers several suggestions for self-evaluation of transcripts for transfer credit.
Transfer Students Currently Attending a Texas School: The Automated Transfer Equivalency system is a searchable database of more than 311,177 transfer credit evaluations for courses at Texas colleges and universities. The ATE is maintained by the university's Austin Office of Admissions.
Upon entering the Butler School of Music, your transcript will be evaluated by a faculty committee to determine which previous music coursework is equivalent to our courses. There are many factors in these decisions, including your grades, how recently the course was taken, the workload of the course, etc. Up to two ensembles may transfer and apply toward your degree. You won't know how much credit you will receive for your performance lessons (if you've had any) until you have studied for one semester and performed a jury.
Is there a required minimum score on the ACT or SAT in order for me to be eligible to apply to the Butler School?
No, UT Austin and the Butler School of Music have no minimum test score requirement for the ACT and SAT. Average admitted-student ACT and SAT scores are available in the Freshman Profile.
I am a former UT Austin student. How do I apply for readmission as a music major?
If you're ready to return to The University of Texas at Austin after an interruption of at least one fall or spring semester, you should apply for readmission as a former student. Even if you left with a perfectly good record, you still have to be readmitted before you re-enroll.
Former UT Austin music majors: Complete only the Application for Undergraduate Readmission.
Former UT Austin non-music majors: Complete the Application for Undergraduate Readmission and an application for Internal Transfer.
Contact Ms. Borshard if you have questions after reviewing the online materials.