Application Deadline: Dec. 1

Grace Period for Butler School of Music Application

We will consider the Butler School of Music application on time if you submit it through 11:59 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, December 7.


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.

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.

Select an Audition Date (Jazz Performance applicants only)

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 must be scheduled according to the published requirements. A classical audition 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 arrange for a live audition may contact Daniel Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator.

Jazz Drumset Audition Requirements

  • Live auditions:
    • Prepare two to three contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire in a variety of rhythmic styles that best domonstrate time-keeping, comping and improvisation ability. Piano and bass accompaniment will be provided.
    • Sight-reading of a typical jazz ensemble drum part.
    • Demonstrate jazz abilities on vibes or piano if background allows.
  • Recorded auditions:
    • Prepare a minimum of three and maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate performance ability.
    • Editing of recordings to focus on the applicant's skills is preferred.

Jazz Piano, Guitar and Bass Audition Requirements

  • Live auditions:
    • Prepare two to three contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability. Bass line or comping accompaniment will be provided as appropriate.
    • Sight-reading of chord changes and melodies that demonstrate comping or walking style
    • Ear training: Improvise a melody against a jazz harmony
  • Recorded auditions:
    • Prepare a minimum of three and maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability.
    • Editing of recordings to focus on the applicant's performance of the melody and improvisation is preferred.

Jazz Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet Audition Requirements

  • Live auditions:
    • Prepare two to three contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability. Piano accompaniment will be provided.
    • Sight-reading of a typical jazz ensemble part
    • Ear training: Improvise a melody against a jazz harmony
  • Recorded auditions:
    • Prepare a minimum of three and maximum of five contrasting selections from the jazz repertoire that best demonstrate improvisational ability.
    • Editing of recordings to focus on the applicant's performance of the melody and improvisation is preferred.

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.