The fall application is available beginning Aug. 1. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1.
Sample four-year plans from the 2020-2022 catalog linked below are for reference only. You may need to install Acrobat Reader to access these documents.
To apply, select "Music (BA)" on the university 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 (151 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.
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) (150 KB)
Available in composition with piano as the principal instrument.
Bachelor of Music in Composition (Piano Secondary) (151 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, Emphasis in Composition (151 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.
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) (151 KB)
Bachelor of Music in Jazz (Performance) (149 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.
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 (153 KB)
Available with piano or voice as the principal instrument.
Bachelor of Music in Music Studies - Instrumental (153 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.
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:
Sample Four-Year Plans
Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance (147 KB)
Available with harp as the major instrument.
Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instrument Performance (150 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 (147 KB)
Available with organ or harpsichord as the major instrument.
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (147 KB)
Available with piano as the major instrument.
Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance (149 KB)
Available with voice as the major instrument.
Students are admitted to The University of Texas at Austin with a single major. By following application procedures and meeting admission requirements, students may add a second major after completing 30 semester hours (usually one year) of coursework in residence at the university. Approval of the student's application for a double major will take into account the student's ability to graduate within four years of entering the university. Please visit the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.
Although you cannot officially declare a second major until you've earned 30 hours, you can take classes during that first year that will eventually count toward your second degree. We usually recommend that students start out in music since many of our music major classes are restricted. There is one degree that is an exception to this 30-hour rule. If you are admitted to the Liberal Arts Plan II Honors Program you may be approved to declare two majors from the beginning.
Keep in mind that you will be very busy if you decide to pursue a second major. Music is a very time-consuming degree, as are many other degrees at the university. The music degree plan that lends itself the most easily to a double major is the Bachelor of Arts in Music, due to the larger number of elective hours that are built into that degree.