Greetings from Austin
In accordance with coronavirus (COVID-19) recommendations from public health officials, The University of Texas at Austin has suspended campus visits, Admission Welcome Center tours and in-person events until further notice. For updates and guidance from the university related to COVID-19, visit utexas.edu/coronavirus.

In place of in-person visits, the College of Fine Arts and the Office of Admissions are offering virtual undergraduate information sessions. Register online.

As we adapt to this evolving situation, please consider emailing us inquiries or requesting an appointment to occur via video chat. Please continue reading below to learn how to submit your request.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to scheduling your on-campus experience when in-person campus visits resume.  

Virtual College Fairs

Performing Arts College Fairs
Presented by Music Admissions Roundtable

Engage with representatives from performing arts institutions in the U.S. and beyond! All events are free and open to students interested in undergraduate or graduate studies. Zoom meetings will require individual registration for participating schools. Learn more here.

  • Monday, September 21 at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. CDT
  • Thursday, October 8 at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. CDT
  • Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. CDT
  • Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. CST
  • Monday, November 23 at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. CST

Register now!


Visiting our Undergraduate Programs

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LONGHORN CREATIVES VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

We’re excited to invite you to attend the inaugural Longhorn Creatives Virtual Open House! From Monday, September 21 to Friday, September 25, we’ll be hosting a series of virtual events for creative prospective students. These workshops, information sessions and classes will give you the opportunity to connect with current students, faculty and staff, get tips for your application for admission, and learn more about our programs, including initiatives to promote diversity, equity and inclusion!

Register to Attend
Date: September 21 – September 25
Time: Various times and sessions offered
Location: Zoom, registration required for each session

Be sure to mark your calendar and register for the Butler School session, Creating a Great College Music Audition Video, on Tuesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

  • Let your talent shine online! A video audition is becoming a common requirement for students applying for freshman admission to music schools. Join us to learn how to create a professional audition video for any instrument or voice type at any budget level. This seminar is led by Douglas Kinney Frost, Principal Conductor of the Butler Opera Center. He’ll share tips and tech ideas to ramp up your audition. Sarah Borshard, Assistant Director for Admissions in the Butler School, will be there to answer your questions about enrolling as a music student!

INFORMATION SESSIONS

In place of an in-person experience, please consider a Virtual Session hosted by the Office of Admissions. Sessions for admitted and prospective students are available each weekday and most Saturdays.

A College of Fine Arts Information Session for prospective students is available most Wednesdays and Fridays.

Register for Virtual SessioNS

VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS FOR PROSPECTIVE UNDERGRADUATE MUSIC MAJORS

Sarah Borshard, Assistant Director for Admissions, is happy to arrange virtual meetings 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 or evaluate transcripts.

  • Zoom appointments are available 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice.
  • Ms. Borshard is not available September 21-25, October 8, 14-16, 23, November 11, 23 and December 7-9.
  • The university is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; Dec. 23, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.
  • Conversations with admissions staff are not interviews and do not influence our admissions decisions.

REQUEST A VIRTUAL UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS APPOINTMENT

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

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Visiting our Graduate Programs

Dan Seriff, Graduate Admissions Coordinator, is happy to arrange virtual meetings with prospective graduate applicants.

  • Zoom appointments are available 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice.
  • The university is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; Dec. 23, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.
  • Conversations with admissions staff are not interviews and do not influence our admissions decisions.

Request a VIRTUAL Graduate Admissions Appointment

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

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Information for Non-Music Majors

Are you planning to attend UT Austin in a major outside of music? Do you still want to play your instrument, sing or study music?

You can!

The Butler School welcomes non-music majors to take coursework, register for lessons and audition for ensembles.

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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Group Visits and Tours (currently suspended)

Group visits and tours are suspended through the Fall 2020 semester. When available, we are able to accommodate groups of up to 50 people total, including chaperones. We suggest visits 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.

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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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