The University of Texas at Austin Application Deadline: March 1
Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music Application Deadline: Dec. 1
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 the ApplyTexas application and 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 ApplyTexas application, such as essays, transcripts and other supplemental documents may be submitted to the Office of Admissions through March 1.
If you have already started your post-secondary studies at another college or university after graduating from high school or earning a GED, and have or will have earned 24 semester hours of required transferable coursework at another college or university, apply for transfer admission.
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 studied for one semester and performed a jury.
Applying to The University of Texas at Austin as a music major is a two-part process that requires separate applications to the university and the Butler School of Music. The Butler School of Music accepts applications for fall semesters only.
To be considered, complete and submit the following:
The University of Texas at Austin Requirements
To be seriously considered for admission to the Butler School of Music, select a music major as your first-choice major on the ApplyTexas application. Music majors are listed under the College of Fine Arts on the ApplyTexas application.
Butler School of Music Application
The Butler School of Music application will allow you to request an audition/interview date and upload letters of recommendation, prescreening materials, portfolios and résumés, as applicable to your program. Materials must be uploaded to your application before the form can be submitted for review. Do not complete more than one application without prior approval.
Letters of Recommendation
Ask three references to provide a concise statement concerning your musical ability, diligence as a student, potential for future development and any other information that may be pertinent to our consideration of your application. Avoid recommendations from those who know you too well to be unbiased—family members, for instance. If possible, these letters should come from references who know your work as a musician.
Bassoon, clarinet, classical guitar, flute, jazz guitar, piano, viola, violin and voice applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree (excluding Composition emphasis) and the Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Studies and Jazz must submit a video prescreen recording to be considered for an audition. View prescreen repertoire requirements online.
Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition, Bachelor of Music in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition applicants must submit a composition portfolio with recorded performances.
Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Composition applicants must also submit a performance video with the portfolio.
Although submitting a résumé to the Butler School is not required to complete your application for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit one. Keep in mind that a résumé is required to complete your application to the Office of Admissions. You may submit the same résumé to the Office of Admissions and the Butler School of Music.
Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Composition applicants must interview with the composition faculty for admission consideration.
Helpful Hints for a Smooth Application Process
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