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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.

Students who plan to pursue certification to teach music in public schools should follow the music studies program.

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.

Current students should 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.


Music Studies Degree Programs Include:

  • Choral
  • Instrumental

Students pursuing majors outside of the Butler School of Music may be interested in completing a minor in music.


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.

A small sample of directly related careers

Music Director
Music Critic
Music Therapist
Music Instructor
Sound Engineering Technician

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.