We invite prospective students to attend information sessions, tour the Butler School of Music facilities, participate in a Shadow Day, attend a performance or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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INFORMATION SESSIONS AND TOURS

Prospective students can schedule a personalized campus visit online. Select from a variety of visit-related activities, including admissions information sessions, campus tours and a Fine Arts Information Session & Tour.

The Fine Arts Information Session & Tour is held most Mondays and Fridays and alternating Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The session provides a presentation overview of degree programs within the Butler School of Music, School for Design and Creative Technologies, Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Art and Art History. The session also provides an introduction to the college's audition and portfolio requirements for admission. A brief walking tour of the facilities follows the presentation.

Register for a Fine Arts Information Session & Tour

UNIVERSITY-WIDE ADMISSIONS EVENTS

Each year Texas Admissions hosts a variety of open houses on campus for prospective students and their families. Taking part in campus events offers you the opportunity to see what the campus is really like, interact with other prospective students and receive information directly from the staff members and admissions counselors.

SHADOW DAYS FOR PROSPECTIVE MUSIC MAJORS

Experience a day in the life of a Butler School student with a host music major! Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays offer the best opportunities to visit music classes and rehearsals.

We are no longer accepting requests for Fall 2019 Shadow Days. Spring 2020 Shadow Days will be available between Feb. 17 - March 13 and March 23 - May 1. Requests will be accepted between Feb. 1 – April 17.

Instructions for scheduling a Spring 2020 Shadow Day will be available in late January 2020.

INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE MUSIC MAJORS

Sarah Borshard, Assistant Director for Admissions, is happy to meet individually with prospective freshmen and transfer applicants who are interested in majoring in music. Ms. Borshard is not available to meet with prospective non-music majors. Appointments are available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice. Please note that as described on the external transfer admission webpage, Ms. Borshard does not evaluate transcripts or advise for coursework. Conversations with admissions staff are not interviews and do not influence our admissions decisions.

Request an Undergraduate Admissions Appointment

Ms. Borshard is not available Nov. 15, 20-22, 25, 27, Dec. 2 and 9. Please plan to register for the Fine Arts Information Session & Tour if you would like to visit over these dates. The university is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.

If you would like to visit with a member of the Butler School of Music faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment.

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Visiting our Graduate Programs

Dan Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, is happy to meet individually with prospective graduate applicants. Appointments are available 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice. To request an appointment, email Mr. Seriff directly with your preferred meeting date and time, degree of interest and primary instrument, if applicable. Conversations with admissions staff are not interviews and do not influence our admissions decisions.

The university is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 3, 2020; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.

If you would like to visit with a member of the Butler School of Music faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment.

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Visits and Information for Non-Music Majors

The Fine Arts Information Session & Tour is held most Mondays and Fridays and alternating Wednesdays at 1 p.m. The session provides a presentation overview of degree programs within the College of Fine Arts, as well as an introduction to the college's audition and portfolio requirements for admission. The session concludes with a walking tour of the Butler School of Music.

Ms. Borshard and Mr. Seriff are only available to meet with prospective music majors.

Ensembles

Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled university student who can pass the ensemble audition. Visit the ensembles webpage for information.

Private Lessons & Group Instruction

Private lesson and group instruction courses for non-music majors are available in certain areas.

Academic Music Coursework

Visit the course schedule for a list of music coursework. Most classes will appear under the MUS field of study. Many academic music courses (theory, history, etc.) are restricted to allow only music majors to register, however, all MUS courses fulfilling the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) core curriculum requirement are open and unrestricted. Non-music majors are required to obtain instructor approval to register for restricted courses. The process for receiving instructor approval for a restricted course is described on the non-music major webpage. The Butler School of Music does not advise non-music majors, so music courses taken for degree purposes must be approved by your advisor for your major.

Undergraduate Certificates & Minors

Although the Butler School of Music does not offer a transcriptable certificate, students with an interest in fine arts might consider the certificates in Digital Arts & MediaInnovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies and Textile Conservation and Museum Studies.

Transcript-recognized minors are available to students following the 2016-2018 catalog or later. The Butler School does not offer a minor in music. Students with an interest in fine arts might consider the Minor in Arts Management and Administration and the Art History Minor.

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College Fairs

We invite you to meet a College of Fine Arts representative at the following college fairs and events.

Portland Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Portland Expo Center - Hall E Lobby
2060 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97217
Event Details

Seattle Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fisher Pavilion Seattle Center
200 Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98109
Event Details

San Francisco Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7-9 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Please note that this event is held in Santa Clara.
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San Diego Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1-3 p.m.
University of San Diego - Hahn University Center
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
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Los Angeles Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1-3:30 p.m.
UCLA - Ackerman Union
308 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Houston Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7-9 p.m.
Rice University - The Shephard School of Music
6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005
Event Details

Dallas Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dallas Market Center - Freeway Hall
2100 N Stemmons Fwy
Dallas, TX 75207
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Austin Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1-3 p.m.
St. Edward's University - UFCU Alumni Gym
3001 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78748
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Chicago Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7-9 p.m.
The University of Illinois at Chicago, UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelot Rd
Chicago, IL 60608
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New York City Performing and Visual Arts College Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30-9 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
Event Details

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Group Visits and Tours

We are happy to arrange a group visit to the Butler School of Music for your students in grades 8-12 with at least one month advance notice. We are able to accommodate groups of up to 50 people total, including chaperones. We suggest requesting a visit to coincide with the rehearsal schedules of our flagship large ensembles on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Concert Chorale, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble rehearse from 12-2 p.m., while the Jazz Orchestra meets from 3-5 p.m.

Group visits are not available on weekends, from December through February, during final exams or on official university holidays. Only one group visit can be scheduled per day, and groups are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. General campus tours should be scheduled through the Visitor Center.

To request a group visit to the Butler School, please complete and submit the online request form at least one month before your proposed date. A school representative will be in touch within five business days to discuss the details of your request.

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Maps, Directions and Parking Information

The University of Texas at Austin is located in the heart of the city of Austin, just north of the downtown area. Campus is just two miles from the State Capitol. Main thoroughfares around campus include Guadalupe to the west, MLK to the south, Red River to the east and 26th (Dean Keeton) to the north.

HOTELS

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 - University and Rodeway Inn - University.

The Butler School of Music cannot arrange or provide accommodations for any applicant or visitor.

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