Clarinet player with instrument

Clarinet

BM in Music Studies

Application Requirements

Overview

The 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Studies degree leads to all-level music teacher certification in public schools. In addition to extensive training in music teaching and learning, students take lessons in their primary instrument, participate in ensembles and receive comprehensive instruction in music theory and music history. Music Studies majors also complete the university’s core curriculum

Meet the Faculty

Two-Part Application Process

Prospective students must apply for general admission to The University of Texas at Austin and also submit the major-specific Butler School of Music application in order to be considered for admission as a music major. The Butler School of Music gives preference to applicants who select music as their first-choice major on the university application. The Butler School accepts applications for fall semesters only

 


 

Application Timeline

Make note of these important dates and deadlines:
Application EventDate 
The University of Texas and Butler School of Music applications openAugust 1 

Freshman university application due
To meet the regular deadline students should submit the online application and all additional required or optional application items by December 1.

  • Application
  • Fee
  • Essay and short answers
  • High school transcripts, class rank and college transcripts
  • Other required or optional materials, if applicable
  • Scholarship interest form
December 1

Butler School of Music application due

(all applicants: freshmen, transfers, current UT) 

  • Application
  • Introductory video
  • Prescreen videos
  • Live audition date selection or recorded audition submission (if available)
  • Two optional letters of recommendation
  • Optional résumé
December 1
Transfer university application due
Music applications are only accepted from transfer applicants who also submit the university application by December 1.
December 1
Prescreen results and audition invitations By December 20
FAFSA or TASFA (optional but highly recommended)January 15
Audition dates January 
Freshman admission decisions
Applicants are notified of their decisions through MyStatus.
March 1 
Transfer university application supporting materials dueMarch 1 
Continuing and Transfer Scholarship ApplicationMarch 15
Butler School merit-based scholarship award notifications (no additional application required)April 1
Freshman response deadlineMay 1
Transfer admission decisions
Applicants are notified of their decisions through MyStatus.
June 15
Transfer response deadlineJuly 1
OrientationJune - August

 

 


 

Application Materials

University Application

You must submit an admission application to The University of Texas at Austin and receive a UT EID prior to beginning the Butler School of Music application. UT EIDs are sent by the Office of Admissions through email 2-3 business days after your application is submitted and processed. 

You may begin the Butler School application at any time after submitting your university application and receiving your UT EID.

University of Texas at Austin Admissions Checklists:

Selecting a Music Degree on the university application

  • Begin a new application for the fall semester
  • Select "College of Fine Arts" as your first-choice school and continue
  • Select your desired music degree

 

Butler School of Music Application

The Butler School of Music application will allow you to request an audition date and upload application items. All materials must be uploaded to your application before it can be submitted for review. Do not complete more than one application without prior approval.

 

START MY APPLICATION

Introductory Video

Submit a one-to-three-minute video recording on which you verbally introduce yourself. Tell us who you are as a musician and as a person. What makes you want to be a part of the Butler School? What special qualities would you contribute to our community?

Submission Instructions 
  • The video may be casual, unedited, and taken from your mobile device, tablet, computer, etc. There are no special dress, presentation, or formatting requirements.
  • Acceptable file-types include: MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, MKV, M2V
  • Upload and attach your video to the Butler School of Music application.

Résumé (optional)

Although a résumé is not required to complete your application for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit one.

What to Include
  • Your résumé may include your musical, academic, extracurricular, community and work activities and your honors and awards. Be sure to incorporate details about what each activity involved rather than a general description and the number of hours per week and weeks per year you spent on each activity.
Submission Instructions
  • Upload and attach your résumé to the Butler School of Music application.
  • If you would like to include an optional résumé with your university application, submit it through the Document Upload System. The same résumé can be used for both your university application and your Butler School of Music application.

Letters of Recommendation (optional) 

Letters of recommendation are helpful only when they provide meaningful information about you and give additional context or information to support your admission that is not already provided in your music application. With this in mind, you may choose to submit up to two optional letters of recommendation with your Butler School of Music application. These letters may be from teachers, mentors, or people who know you well, either within or outside of your school. Avoid recommendations from those who know you too well to be unbiased – family members, for instance.

Submission Instructions

There are two acceptable ways to submit your letter(s) of recommendation. Choose one:

  • Upload yourself
    • Upload and attach your letter(s) to the music application prior to submission.
    • Acceptable file-types include: PDF, PS, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPS, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, OPT, SXW, ODP, SXI, ODS, SXC, RTF, TXT
    • You cannot change or upload new or additional letters after submitting your music application.
  • Request electronically
    • Enter your references' email addresses directly into the music application prior to submission. Once your complete application is submitted, references will receive an email invitation that will allow them to upload a private recommendation directly to your music application.
    • If necessary, you may return to manage your letter of recommendation requests after submitting your music application.
  • Letters that are sent by mail, fax, or email are not accepted.

Select an Audition Date

Select your preferred audition date. Please do not make travel plans until you have received an audition confirmation email. We do our best to place applicants on their first choice audition date.

 


 

Additional Requirements

External Transfer Applicants

The Butler School does not accept audition requests from prospective students who have not applied to the university. Therefore, applicants applying for fall admission must submit both the university application and the Butler School of Music application prior to the Butler School of Music deadline (Dec. 1) in order to schedule an audition. Supporting materials for the university application may be submitted to the university’s Office of Admissions through March 1.

  • Transcript Evaluations
    • 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.
    • 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 semesters of ensemble credits 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 completed one semester of lessons at UT Austin and performed a jury.

International Applicants

TOEFL or IELTS scores 

  •  All international applicants are required to submit a TOEFL score, unless qualifying for an exemption. Visit the Texas Admissions website for a list of exemptions. 

Currently Enrolled UT Austin Students

The deadline to apply for fall admission is Dec. 1. It is not necessary to reapply to UT Austin.

You may apply if you meet one of the following criteria:

Prior to submitting an application to the Butler School of Music, all prospective internal transfer and simultaneous major applicants are required to attend a virtual information session in the fall semester. The session will enhance your understanding of university policies effecting internal transfer and simultaneous major applicants, application and audition requirements and music degrees. The information session will be co-hosted by an admissions representative and a member of the advising team.

Fall 2024 Information Session Dates

  • TBD

Formerly Enrolled Butler School of Music Students

If you were previously an undergraduate student at The University of Texas at Austin and are ready to return after an interruption of at least one fall or spring semester, you may be eligible to apply for readmission as a former student and should complete a readmission application. 

  • You may be required to submit a new application to the Butler School if you have been absent for more than one long semester.
  • If you are readmitted, contact the Academic Advisor for Music for registration assistance. 

 


 

Prescreening

Prescreening Requirements

Your music major requires you to submit prescreening videos within the Butler School of Music application by December 1.

You will be notified as to whether or not you have passed the prescreening round by the date on the application timeline.

Procedures

  • Individual movements or excerpts should be uploaded as separate digital files.
  • Complete your uploads well in advance of the appropriate deadline, as upload times vary depending on file size and internet signal strength.

Format

  • You are required to upload your files in a video format.
  • Audio-only submissions are not accepted.
  • Acceptable file types include: MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, MKV, M2V

Quality

  • Recordings must be genuinely performed by you.
  • Recordings must not be edited, nor should any effects such as “reverb” be added.
  • Play back and check your entire recording for any distortion or excessive “buzz”.  
  • If accompaniment is required, ensure that it does not drown out your playing.
  • Review your recordings before uploading to ensure that they are of good quality and represent your best work to date.

PRESCREENING REPERTOIRE

  • Two contrasting études from Rose 32 Études for Clarinet. Rose Études required for TMEA All State auditions in 2022/23 and 2023/24 will not be accepted.
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 - 1st movement exposition (may be played on Bb clarinet if no A clarinet is available)

Accompaniment is not required. Optional accompaniment is permitted.

 


 

Auditions

After successfully passing the prescreening portion of the audition process, you will receive an invitation to attend a live audition. Do not make travel plans until your audition date is confirmed.

  • You will receive an email confirming your audition date in mid-December.
  • You will receive an email containing your audition time block--a two-hour window of time in which you can expect to audition--two weeks prior to your confirmed audition date.
  • Auditions take place only at The University of Texas at Austin. Audition day details will be sent with your audition time block.
  • Video auditions are not accepted. 

LIVE AUDITION REPERTOIRE

  • Two contrasting études from Rose 32 Études for Clarinet. Rose Études required for TMEA All State auditions in 2023/24 and 2024/25 will not be accepted.
  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 - 1st movement
  • One piece of the applicant's choosing
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Sight-reading

Accompaniment is not required. Optional accompaniment is permitted.

LIVE AUDITION DATES

Select your preferred audition date on the Butler School of Music application:

  • January 17
  • January 18
  • January 25

Do not make travel plans until you receive an audition invitation email in mid-December.

Sample Audition Day Schedules

Weekday Auditions

  • 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Audition Check-in
  • 9:00 a.m.: Auditions Begin
  • 12:00 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tour
  • 5:00 p.m.: Auditions Conclude

Saturday Auditions

  • 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: General Information Table Open
  • 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Check-in Table Open
  • 9:00 a.m.: Auditions/Interviews Begin
  • 9:00 a.m.: Composition Information Session
  • 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tours
  • 12:00 p.m.: Butler School Student Performance and Q&A with Admissions Staff
  • 1:00 p.m.: Academics at the Butler School Information Session
  • 5:00 p.m.: Auditions/Interviews Conclude

Sunday Auditions

  • 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: Audition Check-in
  • 11:00 a.m.: Auditions Begin
  • 12:00 p.m.: Butler School of Music Facility Tour
  • 5:00 p.m.: Auditions Conclude

 


 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

All students admitted to the Butler School of Music are automatically considered for Butler School-administered, merit-based scholarship awards. Nonresidents of Texas are eligible to be awarded out-of-state tuition waivers. There are no separate or additional applications for these awards. More than 60% of incoming students receive merit-based scholarship awards from the Butler School of Music. 

Information about university-wide scholarships (scholarships that are not specifically for music students) and other types of financial assistance is available from the following websites:

For more information about tuition and expenses, visit Texas One Stop

More information about our awards can be found on the Financial Aid section of the website

 


 

Decisions & Enrolling

Decisions will be posted to your MyStatus page, as noted on the timeline. 

The deadline to respond to an offer of admission is May 1, unless otherwise noted.

New student orientation takes place in May, June, July and August.