Through professional education of the highest caliber, the Butler School of Music prepares students for productive careers as performers, teachers, composers and scholars, and for satisfying lives as informed and responsible members of a democratic society. In accordance with The University of Texas at Austin's mission, the Butler School also seeks to extend the boundaries of knowledge and human experience through research and the creation of new music.

While preserving the best of traditional education in music, the Butler School seeks to prepare students for the changing realities of the modern world through engagement with diverse musical traditions, community outreach and new technologies that can be used creatively to further the art of music. The Butler School promotes the interdependence of performance and scholarship, innovative relationships between music and other disciplines within and outside the arts, and a wider appreciation throughout society of music and its significance.