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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 UT Admissions 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.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


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.