Application & Video Audition Deadline: December 1


Graduate School Requirements

Follow the Graduate School instructions to submit the ApplyTexas application, application fee and transcripts. Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition applicants are not required to submit a GRE score. International applicants should review the Graduate School instructions to determine if they are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.


Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Requirements

Submit the following documents through the Butler School of Music application.

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Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is a 500-word essay outlining your objectives for graduate study, career plans and reasons for applying to our program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendation letters, written in the last 12 months, pertaining to your potential for graduate study in music are required. Provide contact information for your three chosen references in your Butler School of Music application. Notification emails will be sent to your references after you submit the application. Any delay in submitting your application will delay the notifications to your references.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants for graduate degree programs must submit a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) providing complete information concerning musical training, experience, awards, honors, publications and performances.

Composition Portfolio (Jazz Composition applicants only)

Demonstrate evidence as a prolific and experienced composer in jazz and other music styles through scores and recordings. At least one big band score and recording must be submitted. You may include smaller jazz works and three (3) examples of non-jazz compositions in any medium.

Audition Videos (Jazz Performance applicants only)

All Butler School of Music applicants will audition by video recording. In-person auditions for fall 2021 admission consideration are not available.

  • Video auditions are due December 1 with the Butler School of Music application.
  • Each selection may be recorded in a separate video.
  • All applicants will be prescreened based upon the audition videos and other materials submitted with the application.
  • Prescreening results will be released by email in mid-December.

Jazz Double Bass, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • Play the melody and improvise over a minimum of three and a maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate performance ability. Guitarists and pianists should include comping, and double bassists should include walking.
  • A solo transcription of your choosing (please specify the title, soloist, and recording details)

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Interview with the jazz faculty (no performance)

Jazz Drums

2021 Interview Dates: January 23, 30, February 6

Audition Videos

  • Perform with selected play-along tracks available online. A link is forthcoming.
  • Perform a prepared piece/transcription. This can be a solo transcription (preferred), a jazz audition étude or a jazz ensemble part.

Zoom (Virtual) Interview, if invited

  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Interview with the jazz faculty (no performance)

Classical instrument study is not required for graduate degrees in jazz performance, though classical study can be used to satisfy some degree requirements.

  • If classical study is desired, a classical audition and interview must be scheduled according to the published requirements.
  • A classical interview will not be scheduled unless it is requested.
  • Please contact Daniel Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, to make arrangements.
  • Jazz Composition applicants that would like to submit audition videos may contact Daniel Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, for instructions. Do not email your videos.

Introductory Video (Jazz Performance applicants only)

Submit a one to three minute video recording on which you verbally introduce yourself and discuss your musical and non-musical interests, goals, creative or volunteer work and reasons for applying to the Butler School of Music.

Select a Preferred Zoom (Virtual) Interview Date (Jazz Performance applicants only)

All graduate performance applicants must perform and pass an audition and complete a successful interview to pursue a degree in music.

  • Applicants who pass the prescreen round will be invited to a Zoom (virtual) interview with the faculty.
  • All interview dates are open to all jazz applicants, however, applicants are strongly encouraged to select a date preferred for their instrument.
  • Expand the audition requirements above to view preferred interview dates.

Helpful Hints for a Smooth Application Process

  1. Include your UT EID and full name on any document you submit to the Graduate School or the Butler School of Music.
  2. Use MyStatus to track the receipt of credentials sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center. You will need your UT EID and password to access this service. You will not be able to check the status of your admission file prior to submitting the ApplyTexas online application and receiving the acknowledgement email with your UT EID and temporary password. Check your application status regularly.
  3. Add "mga@mail.music.utexas.edu" to your safe senders list.