Undergraduate Degree Programs

The fall 2018 application is available beginning Aug. 1, 2017. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2017.

Sample four-year plans from the 2016-2018 catalog linked below are for reference only. Four-year plans for the 2018-2020 catalog will be available summer 2018. You may need to install Acrobat Reader to access these documents.


Bachelor of Arts in Music

To apply, select "Music (BA)" on the ApplyTexas application and "Bachelor of Arts in Music" on the Butler School application.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree consists of fewer credit hours in music than the Bachelor of Music degrees, but allows for the selection of an emphasis within music. Common emphases are composition, ethnomusicology and historical musicology. A general track is also available. Performance, music studies and jazz cannot serve as emphases (apply to the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree if you are interested in one of these areas). Areas in which the Butler School does not offer coursework (ex: music business, recording technology, music production) also cannot serve as emphases.

With the exception of composition, emphases are selected during the freshman or sophomore year with the guidance and approval of a faculty mentor and academic advisor. Applicants interested in an emphasis in composition may apply to the composition emphasis during the initial application to the Butler School, however, it is also possible to apply to the composition emphasis during the freshman or sophomore year.

A secondary field of study, which consists of twelve semester hours of coursework outside the Butler School, is also required. A minor, certificate program or coursework from a simultaneous (double) major can often satisfy the secondary field of study requirement.

Sample Four-Year Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Music (88 KB)
Available with bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin or voice as the principal instrument.

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Composition

To apply for the Bachelor of Music in Composition degree, select "Music Composition" on the ApplyTexas application and "Composition" on the Butler School application.
To apply for the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree - Emphasis in Composition, select "Music (BA)" on the ApplyTexas application and "Bachelor of Arts in Music - Emphasis in Composition" on the Butler School application.

Composition students receive lessons in a wide range of styles and genres including wind ensemble, orchestral, choral, chamber music, electro-acoustic music and film scoring. Student works are read and performed by ensembles and chamber groups. Students also present their music in public concerts and festivals.

Additionally, the Visiting Composers' Series brings an impressive roster of first-rank composers to campus for four-day residencies, during which their music is performed by Butler School of Music students, faculty and guest artists. These composers present public forums on their music, master classes for student composers and attend rehearsals and concerts of their works.

Sample Four-Year Plans

Bachelor of Music in Composition (Piano Principal) (82 KB)
Available in composition with piano as the principal instrument.

Bachelor of Music in Composition (Piano Secondary) (84 KB)
Available in composition with bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, oboe, organ, percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola or violin as the principal instrument.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (88 KB)
Available with an emphasis in composition and with bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola or violin as the principal instrument. Note: Students in the composition emphasis may petition to substitute composition lessons for the four semesters of instrument lessons required in the degree. Admitted students may speak with the academic advisor about this possibility during summer orientation.

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Jazz

To apply, select "Jazz" on the ApplyTexas application and "Jazz Performance" or "Jazz Composition" on the Butler School application.

The Jazz Studies program offers a unique and comprehensive curriculum for serious jazz musicians. The distinguished faculty of acclaimed performing artists, whose backgrounds and experiences span the entire spectrum of the music industry, guide students toward complete instrumental mastery with a strong emphasis on individual artistic expression, always toward the ultimate aim of the program - to develop performers and composers who will be among the future elite of jazz musicians.

All jazz majors have the opportunity to perform in a variety of large jazz ensembles, a writers' band, small combos and student-sponsored jam sessions. A calendar of frequent guest artists and clinicians to the campus - including Chris Potter, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Terrell Stafford and Maria Schneider - highlighted by the annual Longhorn Jazz Festival, further enhance the creative climate of the program.

Sample Four-Year Plans

Bachelor of Music in Jazz (Composition) (81 KB)
Bachelor of Music in Jazz (Performance) (83 KB)
Both degrees available with jazz double bass, jazz guitar, jazz percussion, jazz piano, jazz saxophone, jazz trombone or jazz trumpet as the major instrument.

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Music Studies (UTeach, Music Education)

To apply, select "Music Studies - Choral" or "Music Studies - Instrumental" on the ApplyTexas application and "Choral Music Studies" or "Instrumental Music Studies" on the Butler School application.

The Music Studies program is one of the most comprehensive and highly regarded in the country. More than a third of the undergraduate students in the Butler School of Music are pursuing a career as a music educator. The Bachelor of Music programs in Choral and Instrumental Music Studies prepare students for productive lives as successful teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Students participate in all of the major performing ensembles in the Butler School and study with artist faculty. All courses in the music teacher preparation program are taught in the Butler School of Music by faculty with years of successful experience as public school teachers. Alumni of the Music Studies programs have achieved a consistent record of 100% job placement.

Sample Four-Year Plans

Bachelor of Music in Music Studies - Choral (103 KB)
Available with piano or voice as the principal instrument.

Bachelor of Music in Music Studies - Instrumental (103 KB)
Available with bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, harp, oboe, organ, percussion, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola or violin as the principal instrument.

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Performance

To apply, select "Music Performance" on the ApplyTexas application and "Performance" on the Butler School application.

Performance majors receive individual lessons with a member of the artist faculty. Students have the opportunity to present recitals, participate in chamber music and perform in a variety of small and large ensembles. Butler School ensembles perform at major professional conventions and important performance halls throughout the world, as well as premiere works by John Corigliano, Adam Schoenberg, Stephen Montague, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steven Bryant, Joseph Schwantner and Joel Puckett. Students also benefit from an active artist-in-residence program, with recent master classes by clarinetist and Avery Fisher Prize winner David Shifrin, world-famous classical guitarist Pepe Romero, and soprano Mary Dunleavy, a Butler School alumna and regular performer with the Metropolitan Opera.

Learn more about each area of study:

Brass    Guitar   Organ   Percussion   Piano   Strings & Harp   Voice & Opera   Woodwinds

Sample Four-Year Plans

Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance (78 KB)
Available with harp as the major instrument.

Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instrument Performance (82 KB)
Available with bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, guitar, oboe, percussion, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola or violin as the major instrument.

Bachelor of Music in Organ or Harpsichord Performance (78 KB)
Available with organ or harpsichord as the major instrument.

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (79 KB)
Available with piano as the major instrument.

Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (80 KB)
Available with voice as the major instrument.

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