Center for American Music

Welcome to the Center for American Music. Please take a moment to explore our site, which includes course listings in American music for fall 2019 and information about who we are and what we do. The Center for American Music is located in the College of Fine Arts, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

Historiographies of U.S. Music

This fall, Dr. Hannah Lewis from Center for American Music is offering a seminar on the topic of Historiographies of U.S. Music. It covers a range of topics and themes and investigates the following questions: Full story here.

13th Annual Black History Month Concert

On Saturday February 22nd, 2020, the UT Butler School of Music hosted the 13th annual Black History Month Concert in Bates Recital Hall, featuring performances by students from the Butler School of Music and the Huston Tillotson University School of Music. Full story here.

Composer Lela Anderson conducts two of her own works.

Society for Cinema Media Studies Conference 2019

Center for American Music board member and Assistant Professor of Musicology, Dr. Hannah Lewis, and CAM Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Eric Dienstfrey, recently delivered presentations at the The Society for Cinema Media Studies’s Annual Conference. The conference was held in Seattle, March 13-17 and featured an international lineup of scholars and artists. Their talks were titled: “Cinematic Expectations in the Live Television Musical” (Lewis), and, “Invisible by Design: Star Wars, the ISO, and the Adoption of Wide-Range Volume” (Dienstfrey). Full story here.

Prof. Hannah Lewis, portrait portrait of 2018-19 Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Eric Dientsfrey 

2019 graduate music conference title photo

New Book by Prof. James Buhler: Theories of the Soundtrack

Dr. James Buhler, Professor of Music Theory and Director of the Center for American Music, has a new book published by Oxford University Press. Theories of the Soundtrack is a first of its kind comprehensive investigation of soundtrack theory. More info here

cover of book: Theories of the Soundtrack

Concerts of American Music at BSOM:

View our calendar of upcoming concerts featuring music from across the Americas here

conductor leads the UT symphony orchestra

A Selection of Courses in American Music

Highlights of Fall 2020 course offerings in American music:

Lower Division

  • MUS 218J: Beginning Jazz Improvisation
  • MUS 307.1: Music of African Americans— This course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 303M: Intro to Music in World Cultures— This course carries global cultures and writing flags.
  • MUS 307.2: History of Rock MusicThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.3: Jazz AppreciationThis course carries a cultural diversity flag. 

Upper Division

  • MUS 228G: Jazz Theory 1
  • MUS 228P: Jazz Composition
  • MUS 331J: Jazz Harmony in Practice
  • MUS 334: Music of Mexico/Borderlands
  • MUS 342: Music of South Africa


  • MUS 284P: Practicum in World Music Traditions
  • MUS 381J: Foundations of Musicology
  • MUS 387L: Music of Mexico/Borderlands
  • MUS 380: Music of Mexico/Caribbean
  • MUS 388K: Project in Jazz Composition


  • ENS 105C / 185C: Jazz Combos
  • ENS 105E / 185E: Jazz Ensemble
  • ENS 207J / 185J: Jazz Orchestra
  • ENS 105M / 185M: Alt Improvisation Music Ensemble
  • ENS 106C / 186C: Conjunto Ensemble
  • ENS 106F / 186V: African American Vocal Ensemble
  • ENS 106K / 186K: Hispanic Caribbean Ensemble
  • ENS 106M / 186M: Mariachi Ensemble