Application Deadline: Dec. 1
An application and audition or interview are required for current University of Texas at Austin students wishing to transfer to the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music or add music as a simultaneous major. The Butler School of Music accepts applications for fall semesters only.
Students admitted as freshmen must remain in their original major for one academic year; transfer students must remain in their original major until the next available fall semester. Please visit the General Information Catalog for additional information.
Students who plan to transfer to music must be in compliance with the university's conditions for transfer between divisions.
Students who plan to add music as a simultaneous major must earn at least 30 semester hours of coursework in residence before the applied semester of entry. Please visit the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.
Students interested in taking classes, not becoming music majors, should refer to the non-music major webpage.
Internal transfer and simultaneous major applicants are required to attend a Internal Transfer/Simultaneous Major Information Session. Due to time constraints, individual appointment requests cannot be accommodated.
To be considered, complete and submit the following:
Attend an Information Session
Prior to submitting an application to the Butler School of Music, all prospective internal transfer and simultaneous major applicants are required to attend an information session. The session will enhance your understanding of university policies effecting internal transfer/simultaneous major applicants, application and audition requirements and studying music as a major at UT Austin. The information session will be co-hosted by an admissions representative and a member of the advising team. Fall 2017 session dates will be announced this summer.
Students are not required to R.S.V.P. and can attend any of the sessions.
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 a résumé is not required to complete your application for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit one.
Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition and Bachelor of Music in Composition applicants must interview with the composition faculty for admission consideration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful Hints for a Smooth Application Process
- Attend an Internal Transfer/Simultaneous Major Information Session as early in the process as possible.
- Include your UT EID and full name on any document you submit to the Butler School of Music.
- Print this webpage for your fridge or bulletin board.
- Add "firstname.lastname@example.org" to your safe senders list.