Thank you for your interest in The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music! Applying to UT Austin as a music major is a two-part process. In addition to completing an application to the university's Office of Admissions, all prospective music majors are required to submit an additional application, letters of recommendation, and complete an audition for the Butler School. In some cases, a prescreening audition, portfolio, or additional essays may also be required.
The Butler School of Music gives preference to applicants who select music as their first-choice major. To be seriously considered for admission to the BSOM, select "College of Fine Arts Unclassified Music" as your first-choice major on the ApplyTexas application. You will be able to indicate your preferred music degree (performance, composition, etc.) on the BSOM application.
You can find the Butler School of Music application, audition requirements, and audition dates on this website (links to the right). If you have questions regarding any part of the application or audition process and can't find the answer in the online materials please contact Sarah Borshard, Assistant Director, Admissions.
Each year the UT Office of Admissions hosts a variety of campus events just for prospective and incoming students and their families. Taking part in campus events offers you the opportunity to see what the campus is really like, interact with other prospective students, and receive information directly from the staff members and admissions counselors who are trained to help prospective students find answers to the questions that always cause the most trouble.
Events include those designed to offer prospective freshmen a preview of the campus like Explore UT (March), and Longhorn Saturdays and Mondays (various dates). Transfer to Texas (December) is a special event for prospective transfer students and students currently enrolled in the Coordinated Admission Program.
Applicants can schedule a personalized campus visit online. You can select from a variety of visit-related activities, including admissions information sessions held in the Undergraduate Admissions Center (UAC), campus tours, and a College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour. The Fine Arts Session is offered on most Mondays and Fridays at 1:30pm. Registration generally opens one month in advance.
Prospective freshmen and transfer applicants should register for a campus visit. Registration generally opens one month in advance. If you're not considering admission to UT Austin in the next couple of years, you may still have many reasons to want to see the campus.
Butler School of Music Tours
Guided tours of the BSoM facilities are available as a part of the College of Fine Arts Information Session. Planning to visit when the COFA Session isn't offered? Try the BSOM Self-Guided Tour.
Residence Hall Tours
Tours include a guided look at the residence hall features and common areas and the provision of other helpful information about the living on campus experience.
VISITS TO THE BUTLER SCHOOL OF MUSIC
The College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour provides an overview of degree programs in Music, Theatre, Dance, Art, and Art History. Sessions also provide an introduction to the College's audition and portfolio requirements for admission. Information regarding courses and opportunities for non-majors is also provided. Sessions conclude with a walking tour of performance spaces in the Butler School of Music. The Fine Arts Session is offered on most Mondays and Fridays at 1:30pm. However, in the summer months the session will only be offered on most Fridays. Registration generally opens one month in advance.
Sarah Borshard, Assistant Director, Admissions, is happy to meet individually with prospective freshmen and transfer applicants who are interested in majoring in music. Unfortunately, Ms. Borshard is not available to meet with prospective non-music majors or music minors at this time. Appointments are available 9am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm Monday - Friday with at least one week advance notice. To request an appointment, contact Ms. Borshard directly at email@example.com with your preferred meeting date and time, degree of interest, and primary instrument. Please note that as described on the Transfer Admission page, Ms. Borshard does not evaluate transcripts or advise for coursework at other institutions.
Ms. Borshard will not be available October 3, October 9 - 10, October 13, October 20 - 22, November 7, or November 24 - 26, 2014. Please consider registering for the College of Fine Arts Information Session and Tour instead.
If you would like to visit with a member of the Butler School of Music faculty, please email them directly to request an appointment.
The University is closed on the following dates: Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; the day after Thanksgiving; December 22, 2014 - January 1, 2015; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day.
If you are a prospective music major, you might consider scheduling a Shadow Day during the fall semester of your senior year (September - November). This would allow you to spend a day attending classes with a current BSOM student. The Butler School of Music will begin accepting Shadow Day requests on September 1 and continue accepting requests through November 10. The first available Shadow Day is September 15 and the last available Shadow Day is November 24.
We require at least two weeks notice (ten business days) to give us time to make the arrangements. Please email the following information to Ms. Borshard if you would like to arrange a Shadow Day:
Type "Shadow Day" in the subject line.
In the body of the email, enter:
You will receive an email reply when your request has been received. We will do our best to place you with someone in the same major or instrument, however this is not always possible.
- 1. Your first and last name, followed by your UT EID, if known.
- 2. A phone number and email address that we may provide to your assigned Shadow Day Mentor.
- 3. Your first and second choice date for a Shadow Day. Example: 1) Friday, September 19 2) Monday, September 22.
- 4. Your principal instrument or voice-type.
- 5. Your intended area of study.
- 6. The name of your high school and year of graduation.
- 7. Whether or not you will need an absence excuse letter for your high school attendance office.
You will receive a second reply once your Shadow Day Mentor has been assigned. Once you have received the second email you can expect to be contacted directly by your Mentor to arrange a meeting time and place.
Shadow Days are available in March and April for applicants who have been accepted to UT as music majors for the following fall. Please email Sarah Borshard for information if you qualify.
FUTURE UT NON-MUSIC MAJORS
All Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled UT student who can pass the ensemble audition. Please visit the ensembles webpage or contact the Orchestra Office, Choir Office, or Band Office directly for ensemble audition dates and requirements. Further information on music courses and lessons available to non-music majors is also available on our website.
The Butler School of Music, like most other units of The University of Texas at Austin, does not offer any self-contained minors. If your degree plan includes a minor, then you may use music as a minor. You must meet with an advisor in your own college to plan your minor. Please visit the Music Minor webpage for more information.
Ms. Borshard is only available to meet with prospective music majors.