Butler School of Music
Internal Transfer Admission



An application and audition are required for current University of Texas at Austin students wishing to transfer to a major in the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music or add music as a simultaneous major. The Butler School of Music accepts applications for fall semesters only.

Students admitted as freshmen must remain in their original major for one academic year; transfer students must remain in their original major until the next available fall semester. Please visit the General Information Catalog for additional information.

Students who plan to transfer to a major in the Butler School of Music must be in compliance with the university's conditions for transfer between divisions.

Students who plan to add music as a simultaneous major must earn at least 30 semester hours of coursework in residence before the applied semester of entry. Please visit the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information

If you are only interested in taking classes, not becoming a music major, please refer to the online information for non-music majors and music minors.


Q. Can I be advised before becoming a music major?
A. Since music courses are restricted to current music majors only, the best course of action for a student hoping to become a music major would be to consult the Course Schedule and Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) online. Examining the degree guidelines should allow you to find what core requirements you can complete that would be needed for a music degree. Having a substantial amount of these courses completed will be very advantageous, as all of the music degrees require a substantial amount time beyond the listed contact hours of courses. If you are unsure about how to use IDA please consult your own advisor.

Until a student has been officially accepted AND changed their major, they must continue to consult their current department for advising.

Q. What coursework can I take before being accepted into the Butler School of Music?
A. The information below is based on the 2014-2016 catalog. It is provided for information purposes only and is not necessarily a recommendation or endorsement for registration. If you are in an earlier catalog, please visit the College of Fine Arts website to download the appropriate degree guidelines.

You are highly encouraged to speak with an advisor in your major college or department before registering for any coursework not already required in your present degree.
  • Core Requirements: Consult your desired degree plan. All degrees contain core requirements.
  • Ensembles: Ensembles are open to any UT Austin student who can pass the ensemble audition. All music degrees require between four and eight semesters of ensembles.
  • MUS 306M: An introduction to music theory for non-music majors. If you have music theory experience contact Prof. Almen and request to be put on the wait list for non-music majors to take MUS 605a: Musicianship (fall only).
  • Music Studies (Music Education): Longhorn Band, PSY 301, PSY 304, ALD 322
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees: Six semester hours of one foreign language beyond 507, 508K, 601D, 604 or the equivalent. Please see the degree plan for more detailed information.
  • BA in Music Composition: MUS 214C, an introduction to contemporary composition. Requires consent of the instructor or concurrent enrollment in MUS 411 & MUS 612.

Q. Can I take lessons to help me prepare for the Butler School of Music admission audition?
A. Private instruction is available to non-music majors on most instruments. Please visit the non-music majors webpage for more information. Please note that non-music major ("201") lessons are at a different level than lessons for music majors. "201" lessons will not necessarily transfer to the "210" or "312" levels.

Q. If I am admitted to the Butler School for the fall, what music courses could I take over the summer to prepare?
A. Visit the Course Schedule to view classes offered over the summer. The easiest way to view available music courses is to search for MUS in the field. Please be aware that most courses will be restricted or geared towards non-music majors. Music theory, music history, performance lessons and class piano are typically not offered in the summer months.


All applicants must submit the Butler School of Music application to be considered for a degree in music. The online form will allow you to request an audition and upload letters of recommendation, prescreening materials, portfolios and résumés. Materials must be uploaded to your application before the form can be submitted for review. Do not complete more than one application without prior approval.

Upload the following materials to your Butler School of Music application:

Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants are required to submit three letters of recommendation. If possible, these letters should come from references who know your work as a musician. Upload your letters to the Butler School of Music application -OR- enter your references' email addresses directly into the application. Once the application is submitted, references will receive an email invitation that will allow them to upload recommendations directly. Letters are due by December 1. Letters that are sent by mail, fax or email will not be reviewed.

Prescreening Video
Clarinet, classical guitar, flute, jazz guitar, piano, viola, violin and voice applicants, regardless of degree of interest, must submit a video prescreening recording to be considered for an audition. Prescreening results are released in mid-December.

Composition Portfolio
Composition and jazz composition applicants must submit a portfolio of three to five original compositions, preferably for different combinations of instruments and/or voices. Scores must be accompanied by recorded performances.

Although a résumé is not required to complete your application for admission, we strongly encourage you to submit one. Think of it as your opportunity to provide us with a complete picture of your activities, important performances, honors and awards.

Select an Audition Date
All undergraduate applicants must perform and pass an audition to pursue a degree in music. Select your preferred audition date on the Butler School of Music application. Applicants in prescreening areas will receive results in mid-December, and those with positive results will be invited to audition on campus. Flute applicants must audition in person. Clarinet, string and voice applicants must audition in person unless currently residing outside of the United States.


1. Include your UT EID and full name
on any document you submit to the Butler School of Music.

2. Print an admissions checklist for your fridge or bulletin board.

Butler School of Music Application Checklist

3. Add "uga@mail.music.utexas.edu" to your safe senders list.
All communications from Butler School of Music Admissions, such as audition confirmations and prescreening results, will come from this address.