Thank you for your interest in The University of Texas at Austin and the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music! Applying to the university 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 or portfolio 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 Butler School, 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 Butler School of Music 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 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 1:15pm. 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 The University of Texas at 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 Butler School facilities are available as a part of the College of Fine Arts Information Session. Planning to visit when the college 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 College of Fine Arts Session is offered on most Mondays and Fridays at 1:15pm. 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 is not available April 17, May 14 - 15 or June 15 - July 3. 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 Butler School of Music student. We will begin accepting Shadow Day requests for fall 2015 on September 1, 2015.
Shadow Days are available March - April 2015 for applicants who have been accepted to the university as music majors for fall 2015. Please email Ms. Borshard for information if you qualify.
FUTURE UT NON-MUSIC MAJORS
All Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled university 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.