Application & Video Audition Deadline: December 1

An application, video audition and 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.

  • Undergraduate students are limited in their ability to change majors after accepting admission offers. Incoming undergraduates are not allowed to change majors from one college/school to another during summer or during orientation. Visit the Office of Admissions Internal Transfer webpage for more 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 a virtual information session in the fall semester.

  • 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.
Session Dates and Meeting Times
  • Fall 2021 session dates and times will be posted here in September
Students must RSVP to at least 24 hours in advance to receive a Zoom meeting link.

If you do not RSVP to the email address above, you will not be admitted into the meeting from the waiting room. Include the following information in your RSVP:

  • Full name
  • UT EID
  • Session you plan to attend
  • Applicant type (internal transfer or simultaneous major)
  • Music degree(s) of interest
  • Instrument or voice-type
  • Any specific questions you would like the hosts to address

Butler School of Music Application

The Butler School of Music application will allow you to upload your video audition, letters of recommendation, portfolio and résumé, as applicable to your program. You will also have the opportunity to select your preferred Zoom (virtual) interview date.

  • All applicants are required to submit:
    • Audition video(s)
    • Introductory video
    • Three letters of recommendation
  • Composition applicants must also submit a composition portfolio.
  • All required materials, including audition videos, must be attached to your application before it can be submitted for review.
  • Do not complete more than one application without requesting approval.

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Open Dates

  • The Butler School of Music fall application opens on Aug. 1. The deadline to apply is Dec. 21. 

Processing Time

  • Applications are generally processed within five business days of receipt.

Video Auditions and Zoom (Virtual) Interviews

All Butler School of Music applicants will audition by video recording. In-person auditions for fall 2021 admission consideration are not available.

  • Video auditions are due December 21 with the Butler School of Music application.
  • All applicants will be prescreened based upon the audition videos and other materials submitted with the application.
  • Applicants who pass the prescreen round will be invited to interview with the faculty. The interview may also include a virtual audition or lesson. Review your repertoire requirements for details.

Repertoire Requirements for B.M. Performance, B.M. Music Studies, B.M. Jazz and B.A. in Music Applicants

Repertoire Requirements for B.M. Composition and B.A. in Music - Emphasis in Composition applicants

Video Submission Instructions

  • Each audition selection may be recorded in a separate video unless otherwise noted.
  • Upload and attach your audition video(s) to the Butler School of Music application prior to submission.

Decision Timeline & Interview Invitations

  • Audition videos and application materials will be reviewed after December 21.
  • All applicants will receive their prescreen results by email in January.
  • Those with positive results will be invited to interview with the faculty.
  • The interview will be scheduled on the date pre-selected in the application.
  • Email if you would like to request to reschedule your interview to another official date.

Introductory Video

Submit a one to three minute video recording on which you verbally introduce yourself and discuss your musical and non-musical interests, goals, creative or volunteer work and reasons for applying to UT Austin.

Submission Instructions

  • Upload and attach your introductory video to the Butler School of Music application prior to submission.

Composition Portfolio

In addition to the required audition video(s), applicants to the B.A. in Music - Emphasis in Composition, B.M. Composition and B.M. Jazz Composition degrees must submit a composition portfolio with recorded performances.

Submission Instructions

  • Upload and attach your portfolio to the Butler School of Music application prior to submission.

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.

Submission Instructions

  • Upload and attach your letters to the Butler School of Music application -or- 
  • Enter your references' email addresses directly into the application. Once your complete application is submitted, references will receive an email invitation that will allow them to upload a private recommendation directly to your application.
  • Letters that are sent by mail, fax or email will not be reviewed.

Timeline for Submission

  • Letters are due December 21.
  • Keep in mind that letter of recommendation email invitations sent through the music application are only delivered after the application is submitted. If your application is submitted on Dec. 20, your references will have only one day to upload letters of recommendation.

Résumé (optional)

Although a résumé is not required to complete your application for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit one.

What to Include

Your résumé may include your musical, academic, extracurricular, community and work activities and your honors and awards.

Be sure to incorporate:

  • Details about what each activity involved rather than a general description
  • The number of hours per week and weeks per year you spent on each activity

Submission Instructions

  • Upload and attach your résumé to the Butler School of Music application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I be advised before becoming a music major?

An advising team member will be present at the Internal Transfer/Simultaneous Major Information Session. Due to time constraints, individual appointment requests cannot be accommodated. Until a student has been officially accepted and changed their major, they must continue to consult their current department for advising.

Since music courses are restricted to current music majors only, the best course of action for a student hoping to become a music major would be to consult the Course Schedule and Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) online. Examining the degree guidelines should allow you to find what core requirements you can complete that would be needed for a music degree. Having a substantial amount of these courses completed will be very advantageous, as all of the music degrees require a substantial amount time beyond the listed contact hours of courses. If you are unsure about how to use IDA please consult your own advisor.

What coursework can I take before being accepted into the Butler School of Music?

The information below is correct for students following the 2016-18 and 2018-20 catalogs. It is provided for information purposes only and is not necessarily a recommendation or endorsement for registration. If you are in a different catalog, please visit the College of Fine Arts website to download the appropriate degree guidelines. You are highly encouraged to speak with an advisor in your major college or department before registering for any coursework not already required in your present degree.

  • Consult your desired degree plan. All degrees contain core requirements.
  • Ensembles: Ensembles are open to any university student who can pass the ensemble audition. All music degrees require four to eight semesters of ensembles.
  • MUS 306M: An introduction to music theory for non-music majors. If you have music theory experience contact Dr. Turci-Escobar and request to be put on the wait list for non-music majors to take MUS 605A: Musicianship (fall only).
  • Music Studies (Music Education): Longhorn Band, PSY 301, PSY 304, ALD 322
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music: Six semester hours of one foreign language beyond 507, 508K, 601D, 604 or the equivalent. Please see the degree plan for more detailed information.
  • Bachelor of Music: Composition and Bachelor of Arts in Music, emphasis in Composition: MUS 214C, an introduction to contemporary composition. Requires consent of the instructor or concurrent enrollment in MUS 411 & MUS 612.

Can I take lessons to help me prepare for the Butler School of Music admission audition?

Private instruction is available to non-music majors on most instruments. Please visit the non-music majors webpage for more information. Please note that non-music major ("201") lessons are at a different level than lessons for music majors. "201" lessons will not necessarily transfer to the "210" or "312" levels.

If I am admitted to the Butler School of Music for the fall, what music courses could I take over the summer to prepare?

Visit the Course Schedule to view classes offered over the summer. The easiest way to view available music courses is to search for MUS and ENS in the field. Please be aware that most courses will be restricted or geared towards non-music majors. Music theory, music history, performance lessons and class piano are typically not offered in the summer months.

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.
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