Butler School of Music
FAQs
 
 
I'd like to visit UT and the Butler School. What should I do and where should I stay?
What opportunities are available to non-music majors? How can I stay involved in music?
Does the Butler School of Music accept satisfactory scores on the AP Music Theory exam?
I want to double major while I'm at UT. Is this possible with a music degree?
Do I have to audition if I'm not planning to pursue a performance degree?
Should I send my transcript to the Butler School of Music?
Are there music scholarships available?
When will I find out if I have passed my audition?
I'm interested in and have a passion for music, but I have very little training and do not read music. Can I apply as a music major?
I play acoustic, electric, and/or bass guitar. Can I apply to the BSoM as a music major?
I've completed the ApplyTexas Application and listed music as my first major choice. Is there anything else I need to do?
Can I make an appointment to have my transcript evaluated for transfer credit?
Is there a required minimum score on the ACT or SAT in order for me to be eligible to apply to the Butler School?
I am a former UT Austin student. How do I apply for readmission as a music major?





I'd like to visit UT and the Butler School. What should I do and where should I stay?

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. You can find out about other types of visits here.

The Office of the Dean of Students offers a list of hotels near campus. The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is the university's premiere hotel and meeting site, and the only hotel located on the campus itself. Other hotels close to the Butler School of Music are Days Inn - University and Rodeway Inn - University. Please visit the hotels list, linked above, for reservation information.

The Butler School of Music cannot arrange or provide accommodations for any applicant or visitor.


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What opportunities are available to non-music majors? How can I stay involved in music?

All Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled UT student who can pass the ensemble audition. Ensemble auditions are separate from admission auditions and usually take place just before or during the first week of classes of the Fall semester. Longhorn Band auditions take place during the spring and summer. For information on ensemble auditions please visit our Ensembles webpage. If you sill have questions, please contact either the Band Office or the Ensembles Office.

For information on more music classes available to non-majors, please go to the online UT Catalog. It will tell you which classes are restricted. Non-majors, with permission of the instructor, can even take some classes that are restricted to music majors. For questions about non-major classes and the process for receiving approval, please first visit the Non-Music Majors webpage. If you are unable to find the information you need, please contact Stephen Wray, BSOM Registrar, or visit him in the Student Office, MRH 3.836, during normal office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm).


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Does the Butler School of Music accept satisfactory scores on the AP Music Theory exam?

The AP Music Theory exam does NOT satisfy the requirements for 605A and 605B: Musicianship, the freshman year music theory courses required for all music majors. Students who complete AP Music Theory will find the first four to six weeks of 605A a good review, with material quickly progressing by the fifth or sixth week. A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam will satisfy some or all of the requirements for 306M: Elements of Music, the NON-music major music theory course, which may satisfy the Visual and Performing Arts requirement. You can find more information on AP cut scores here.


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I want to double major while I'm at UT. Is this possible with a music degree?

A student is admitted to the University with a single major. He or she may choose a second major after completing thirty semester hours of coursework in residence at the University. The student must follow any application procedures and meet any admission requirements that have been established for the second major. Approval of the student's application for simultaneous 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 simultaneous major until you've earned 30 hours, you can take classes during that first year that will eventually count towards 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 are admitted to Liberal Arts Plan II Honors Program you can declare two majors from the beginning.

Keep in mind that you will be very busy if you decide to pursue a simultaneous major. Music is a very time-consuming degree, as are many other degrees at UT Austin. The music degree plan that lends itself the most easily to a simultaneous major is the Bachelor of Arts in Music, due to the larger number of elective hours that are built into that degree.

If you are a currently enrolled UT Austin student and you decide to add music as a second major, you will need to apply to and audition for the Butler School of Music during your first year. Please refer to the Internal Transfer admission webpage for detailed instructions.


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Do I have to audition if I'm not planning to pursue a performance degree?

All prospective music majors must audition regardless of their choice of degree plan (including those applying as Composition, Music Business, or Recording Technology). All degrees require a substantial amount of time in private lessons (four to eight semesters), music theory (four to eight semesters), music history (at least three semesters), ensembles (four to eight semesters), and class piano (two to four semesters). The Butler School of Music expects all applicants to be able to perform well enough in at least one instrument/voice that they can pass an audition and successfully complete the required semesters of lessons.


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Should I send my transcript to the Butler School of Music?

The Butler School of Music does not collect transcripts from undergraduate applicants. Please send your transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions.

Freshman | Transfer | International Freshman | International Transfer


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Are there music scholarships available?

Scholarships from the Butler School of Music are competitive music scholarships for music majors based primarily on the entrance audition. All applicants are considered for scholarship; no additional application is required.

Please visit the BSoM Scholarship webpage for more information.


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When will I find out if I have passed my audition?

Audition results are typically communicated to freshman applicants in late February, while transfer applicants receive audition results in late March or early April. In addition to passing the music audition, students must also qualify for general admission to The University of Texas at Austin. The UT Admissions Committee will be notified of your audition results, will review your application, and inform you of their decision accordingly. In most cases, freshmen applicants can expect to have the results of their audition and general application to UT by the end of February.

Transfer applicants with 30 completed hours may have the results of their UT application by mid April, while those with under 30 hours may not have their results until the end of June.


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I'm interested in and have a passion for music, but I have very little training and do not read music. Can I apply as a music major?

Probably not. Most students who apply as music majors have many years of experience in their instrument (or voice) and in ensemble performance during their middle and high school years. It is not impossible to apply and pass an audition as a music major without this background, but it is very rare. It would probably be best for you to gain experience and training privately before attempting to audition as a music major.


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I play acoustic, electric, and/or bass guitar. Can I apply to the BSoM as a music major?

Not unless you can pass an audition in some other instrument. Our guitar program is for classical or jazz guitar. We admit students in both areas who have extensive playing experience. Even the jazz guitar program requires an element of classical playing.


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I've completed the ApplyTexas Application and listed music as my first major choice. Is there anything else I need to do?

Yes. 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. You may find the application and instructions for applying as a music major on the Butler School of Music Undergraduate Admissions website.


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Can I make an appointment to have my transcript evaluated for transfer credit?

Evaluation of individual courses is not available over the phone, in person, or by email from the Butler School of Music. Specific course evaluations, and decisions about the transferability of individual courses are made only by the UT Office of Admissions after an applicant has been admitted. The Transfer Resources page offers several suggestions for self-evaluation of transcripts for transfer credit.

Transfer Students Currently Attending a Texas School: The Automated Transfer Equivalency system is a searchable database of more than 290,785 transfer credit evaluations for courses at Texas colleges & universities. The ATE is maintained by the UT Austin Office of Admissions.

Upon entering the BSoM, your transcript will be evaluated by a faculty committee to determine which previous music coursework is equivalent to our courses. There are many factors in these decisions, including your grades, how recently the course was taken, the workload of the course, etc. Up to two ensembles may transfer and apply toward your degree. You won't know how much credit you will receive for your performance lessons (if you've had any) until you have studied for one semester and performed a jury.

Please visit the Transfer Admission webpage for further information.


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Is there a required minimum score on the ACT or SAT in order for me to be eligible to apply to the Butler School?

No, UT Austin and the Butler School of Music have no minimum test score requirement for the ACT and SAT. The average scores for entering freshmen at UT Austin on the ACT is 28 and 1859 on the SAT. The average scores for entering freshmen in the College of Fine Arts on the ACT is 27 and 1763 on the SAT. Please visit the UT Austin Freshman Profile webpage for additional information.


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I am a former UT Austin student. How do I apply for readmission as a music major?

If you're ready to return to UT Austin after an interruption of at least one fall or spring semester, you should apply for readmission as a former student. Even if you left with a perfectly good record, you still have to be readmitted before you re-enroll.

Former UT Austin Music Majors: Complete only the Application for Undergraduate Readmission

Former UT Austin non-Music Majors: Complete the UT Austin Application for Undergraduate Readmission AND the Internal Transfer admission process.

Contact Ms. Borshard if you have questions after reviewing the online materials.


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