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The Butler School of Music seeks to prepare students for the changing realities of the modern world and for satisfying lives as informed members of society. Students will study diverse musical traditions, participate in community outreach, and explore new technologies that can be used creatively to further the art of music.

Music majors earn either a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts degree. Bachelor of Music degrees are designed for pre-professional students or those planning to pursue graduate study in Music.

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is structured much like a liberal arts degree. The elective hours included in this degree make it appropriate for students who have an interest outside of the department, such as a simultaneous major in another college or an academic or pre-professional program such as pre-med. Students pursuing majors outside of the Butler School of Music may be interested in completing a music minor.

Music Degree Programs Include:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Jazz
  • Music Industry

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a major in the College of Fine Arts need to apply for an internal transfer. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures and requirements to apply.

View information on the application and audition process and contact the Music admissions counselor in the Butler School of Music regarding the internal transfer process.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View the Music degree plans for a list of required coursework in this major.


  • Performance: Music Performance degrees are designed for students seeking preparation for professional performance careers in organizations including symphony orchestras, military bands, symphonic choirs, opera, chamber ensembles, and professional recording studios. Performance degrees are offered in the following areas:
    • Voice
    • Piano
    • Organ/Harpsichord
    • Harp
    • Orchestral Instrument Performance
  • Composition: The degree program offers students maximum flexibility in pursuit of their musical interests and career goals. The traditional core courses in music history and theory are streamlined to increase the number of hours available for individual electives. Students will work closely with world-renowned composers providing a conservatory-class music education, and are encouraged to further explore their interests in areas including electronic music, film and media scoring, and through observing the Butler School's New Music Ensemble.
  • Jazz: The Jazz curriculum offers a unique and comprehensive education for the serious jazz musician. A distinguished faculty works closely with students to create a learning environment which is both productive and inspiring, recognizing that the most valuable asset of a successful jazz program is its quality of experience, not merely its size.
    • Jazz Performance
    • Jazz Composition
  • Music Industry: Music Business students study topics including artist and venue management, copyright and publishing, and entrepreneurship as well as participating in valuable internship experiences. Sound Recording students work in Butler School of Music studios, studying the variety of technologies utilized in the professional recording world. The following specializations are offered:
    • Music Business
    • Sound Recording


Music students are passionate, dedicated, and hard working and have a wide variety of personalities. Attending concerts is a great way to learn more about what the Butler School of Music experience is like. Auditioning for ensembles is another way to connect with like-minded students and music faculty and staff.


The study of music develops skills ranging from musical expression to analysis of musical works.

Music also develops the ability to:

  • Concentrate intensely
  • Listen introspectively
  • Observe keenly
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Maintain composure when faced with the unexpected

Well-developed communication skills, along with aural sensitivity, enable graduates to contribute to and succeed in many professions.