Butler School of Music
UT-Austin non-Music Major

Thanks for visiting the Butler School of Music's web page for non-Music majors. A "Questions & Answers" section is listed at the end.

Fall 2014 information is listed further below. For Summer 2014, we offer Music of African Americans, and Jazz Appreciation; however, no private lesson courses are offered in the summer for non-music majors.

UT MUSIC COURSES (for credit)

To search for all of Music's credit course offerings online, go to the Online Course Schedule. Your UT EID and password are required to search for courses. Not every available course for non-Music majors is listed on this webpage. However, listed below are all of private lesson music performance courses available to non-Music majors, and the ensembles are open to any University student who can qualify via audition. More information about ensembles is listed below.

Keep in mind that any music course(s) you want to take for degree purposes must be approved by the adviser for your program/college. The Butler School of Music neither makes approvals for degree credit for non-Music majors' degree programs nor advises non-Music majors. If you are interested in getting a minor in music, please see the "Questions & Answers" section at the end for more information about this.

Unless stated otherwise below, for courses that are closed or restricted but for which you have instructor permission to register, you must get the instructor's written permission and submit this to the Student Office, MRH 3.836 during office hours. Consent forms are available for this purpose in the Student Office, MRH 3.836 during office hours which are 8am-Noon & 1-5pm, Monday through Friday. Once the restriction is lifted, usually the same day that the signed consent form is received in the Student Office, the student must add the course by the 4th class day of the fall or spring semesters, or 2nd class day for summer sessions. The same policy for emailed instructor consent applies; the student must add the course as stipulated above. (Students with written instructor consent to add a class that's already closed will have the class added by Student Office staff.)

ENSEMBLES (for credit)

For ensembles, an audition may be required, depending on the ensemble. More information about ensembles may be found at our Ensembles web page http://www.music.utexas.edu/ensembles/Default.aspx. Nearly all ensemble auditions take place just before or during the first four class days of the semester. The first class day for Fall Semester 2014 is Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Students participating in an ensemble beginning in the fall semester are usually not required to perform another audition for the same ensemble for the remainder of the academic year.

Most of our undergraduate ensemble courses (field of study: ENS) are cross-listed with a graduate ensemble course (MUS 180K or 280K) with a similar title. If you still have questions about a particular ensemble after viewing the information at the ensembles link above, please contact the instructor listed in the Online Course Schedule. (UT EID and password required to search for courses.)

PRIVATE LESSONS (for credit) or GROUP INSTRUCTION (for credit) for Learning an Instrument or Voice

For private lesson courses (Instrument/Voice 201) and certain group instruction courses, please see information under each instrument listed below. Also, read closely for any prerequisites mentioned, such as an audition, ability to read music, etc. If the instrument that you're interested in studying does not have its own listing, then go to the heading PERFORMANCE LESSONS FOR OTHER INSTRUMENTS listed further down to get contact information for the instructor for that instrument.

If you're interested in taking private lessons for an instrument or voice for no credit, you may be able to find an available instructor via the musician referral service.

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EUPHONIUM - Private lessons (for credit)

For those who have at least three years of experience playing euphonium: EUP 201.

Students interested in taking EUP 201 lessons must contact Prof. Charles Villarrubia cvillarrubia@austin.utexas.edu to ask his permission to register.

Euphoniums may be available for checkout from the Butler School of Music, but students are encouraged to provide their own instrument.
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GUITAR - Group instruction or private lessons (for credit)

Please note: MUS 101G and GUI 201 for guitar require that the student provide their own classical guitar, not an acoustic guitar. A classical guitar has six nylon strings (no steel strings) and a wider neck (fretboard) than an acoustic guitar.

For those who cannot read music and who do not own a guitar: Register for MUS 313 Fundamentals of Music: Guitar. (This is group instruction.)

This is our most beginning level course for guitar for students who have no prior guitar experience and do not know how to read music. This course teaches music reading and basic guitar playing skills. There are no restrictions on the registration for this course; however, sections of this course fill very quickly. For information about MUS 313 Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments, please see the Q&A section below.

For those who can read music and own a classical guitar: Register for MUS 101G Beginning Music Performance: Guitar. (This is group instruction.)

This is our beginning classical guitar class that requires that students know how to read treble clef music notation and can provide their own classical (not acoustic) guitar for the course. There is no restriction on the registration for this course; however, this course fills very quickly.

For those who have a minimum of two years of classical guitar training: GUI 201 (Private lessons in classical guitar)

Interested students must contact Prof. Adam Holzman aholzman@mail.utexas.edu to ask his permission to register. If permission is granted, the student must complete a consent form available from the Student Office, MRH 3.836 and get Prof. Holzman's signature, then submit the form to the Student Office before registering.
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HARP - Group instruction, private lessons, or harp ensemble (for credit)

For registration in HAR 201 (private lessons in harp), non-music majors must have at least two years of prior formal training (lessons) in harp. Interested students must contact Prof. Delaine Leonard delaine@austin.utexas.edu (via email only) to ask her permission to register. Please do not contact Prof. Leonard until the first day of Fall 2014 classes. MUS 201S/T class harp may be available for beginners, depending on funding. Harp students must provide their own harps. Membership in the UT Harp Ensemble is restricted to those who have had at least two years classical harp training and who have their own instrument; placement is by private audition.
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PIANO - Group instruction or private lessons (for credit)

Group Instruction in Piano

MUS 313 Fundamentals of Music: Piano is a group instruction class for piano for those who cannot read music and who have no prior piano experience. This is our most beginning level course for students who have no prior piano experience and do not know how to read music. This course teaches students how to read music and play chords in various styles of music. There are no restrictions on the registration for this course; however, sections of this course fill very quickly. For information about MUS 313 Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments, please see the Q&A section below.

MUS 201J Beginning Class Piano for Non-Music Majors is another group instruction class for piano for those who cannot read music and who have no prior piano experience. This course teaches basic piano skills but emphasizes reading music and some beginning music theory. 201J is offered for the fall semesters; it is also usually offered for the first summer session.

MUS 201K Second Semester Class Piano for Non-Music Majors is the continuation of MUS 201J and is offered in the spring semesters only.

Private Lessons in Piano

PIA 201 is private lessons in piano for those who can read music and have at least one year of prior formal training in piano. Students who have not taken PIA 201 at UT-Austin should read the information under the heading "Students who have not taken PIA 201" for required audition and registration information.

RETURNING STUDENTS FOR PIA 201
For students wanting to take PIA 201 again: Students who were registered for PIA 201 for the Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 semester are not required to audition again for approval for PIA 201 for Fall 2014. They should send a request to Prof. Sophia Gilmson via e-mail s.gilmson@austin.utexas.edu to take PIA 201 again for Fall 2014. An email approval from Prof. Gilmson, CC'd to sjw@austin.utexas.edu, is sufficient, but absolutely no later than Wednesday, May 8, 2014 (last day of PIA 201/251 juries for the spring); the restriction will be lifted on the first class day, Wednesday, Aug. 27. However, students who have the restriction lifted on the course must register for PIA 201 by 4pm of the fourth class day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 2. Failure to register for the course by the deadline will result in cancellation of the approval to add the course.

Students who have taken PIA 201 prior to Fall 2014 but not during the 2013-2014 academic year must audition again. More information about the audition is listed below.

All registered students for PIA 201 for Fall 2014 will be notified of who their instructor is on the fifth class day, but only if they have registered for the course.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN PIA 201
New students interested in taking PIA 201 cannot register for this course before auditioning, and only those students who pass the audition and are approved to enroll in PIA 201 may then register for it. Due to a limited number of available openings, not everyone is approved to enroll in this course.

PIA 201 auditions for Fall Semester 2014 will occur on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 (the day before Fall 2014 classes begin), Noon-5pm, in MRH 4.182. A sign-up sheet with audition time slots will be posted on MRH 4.182, on Aug. 18, 2014 and will remain posted up through the audition date. Auditions will last approximately 5 minutes each. Audition results will be posted on the bulletin board next to the Student Office, MRH 3.836 by 2pm on the next day, Wednesday, Aug. 27. Results will NOT be provided via phone or email.

IMPORTANT: Students new to PIA 201 who passed the audition and are approved to take PIA 201 must register for PIA 201 no later than the FOURTH class day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Sept. 1 is Labor Day.) Failure to register for the course by 4pm on Sept. 2 will result in cancellation of your approval to add the course. If you are approved to take PIA 201 but do not register for it, you will be required to audition again if interested in taking the course for a future semester.

PIA 201 Audition information
For the audition, students should prepare the following:

1. Play a major scale in the key of your choice, for at least one octave, and hands separately. If you are familiar with other forms of technique such as arpeggios and cadences, you may also play these, in the key of your choice.

2. Play one piece of your choice. Memorization is optional. If you intend to play with your music, please bring your music.

3. You will be asked to sight-read a short and simple fragment from a piano piece that is considerably simpler than the one you choose to perform.

In addition, you must complete a questionnaire. Questionnaires will be available at the audition room, MRH 4.182, next to the sign-up sheets.
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TROMBONE - Private lessons (for credit)

Register for TRO 201.
Registration for TRO 201 is unrestricted, but enrollment is limited. Trombones are available for checkout from the department at the beginning of the semester, if needed. Contact Prof. Nathaniel Brickens brickens@austin.utexas.edu for more information.
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TUBA - Private lessons (for credit)

For those who have at least three years of experience playing tuba: TBA 201.

Students interested in taking TBA 201 lessons must contact Prof. Charles Villarrubia cvillarrubia@austin.utexas.edu to ask his permission to register.

Tubas may be available for checkout from the Butler School of Music, but students are encouraged to provide their own instrument.
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VIOLIN - Group instruction or private lessons (for credit)

For those who can read music and have no prior violin experience: Register for MUS 101G Beginning Music Performance: Violin. (This is group instruction.)

Students interested in taking this class are not required to have prior violin performance experience; however, they must be able to read treble clef music notation. There is no Violin course for students who cannot read music. Due to a shortage of violins available for checkout form the department, students are strongly encouraged to provide their own violin.

For VIO 201 (private lessons in violin), see the list PERFORMANCE LESSONS FOR OTHER INSTRUMENTS.
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VOICE - Private lessons (for credit)

For those who can read music and with or without prior voice instruction: VOI 201.

NOTE: College of Fine Arts students are given priority for registering for this course.

RETURNING STUDENTS FOR VOI 201
Students who have taken VOI 201 before are generally not required to audition again. However, they must get written approval or an email from Prof. Darlene Wiley or their TA and present this to the Student Office, MRH 3.836, on or before Noon, Aug. 25, 2014 and register for VOI 201 no later than Noon, Aug. 25, 2014. Consent forms are available in the Student Office for written approval. Returning students who have not registered by the deadline will have their approval canceled. Students registered for VOI 201 for Fall 2014 will be notified via e-mail who their instructor is on the fourth class day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN VOI 201
Students who have not taken VOI 201 must audition. For the audition, students are required to vocalize, which means singing simple vocal exercises provided and demonstrated by the faculty member at the audition to help determine your ability to sing on pitch and to determine your vocal range. You are allowed to bring one piece of music to sing. No sight-reading of music is required, and singing a piece of music is optional.

Auditions for Fall Semester 2014 will occur on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in MRH 4.118 beginning 9am to Noon. There is no sign-up sheet for VOI 201 auditions; just show up.

Audition results will be posted on the bulletin board outside of the Student Office, MRH 3.836, by 10am on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (This is a tentative posting date & time.) Results will NOT be provided via phone or email. Students who pass the audition are approved to register for VOI 201 and must register for the course by the third class day, which is Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Students who have not registered for the course by the third class day will have their approval canceled.

Students will be notified via e-mail who their instructor is on the fourth class day, which is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, only if they have already registered for VOI 201.
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PERFORMANCE LESSONS FOR OTHER INSTRUMENTS (for credit)

For information or permission to register for performance lesson courses for the instruments listed below, please contact the instructors. An audition may be required; all students requesting to register for one of these courses are expected to know how to read music. Additionally, most instructors expect a student to provide their own instrument for the 201 course.

NOTE: Some instructors may not consider taking non-Music major students until the week of Aug. 18th for Fall 2014 classes. The first class day for Fall Semester 2014 is Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Instructors who do not consider requests until the week of Aug. 18th are listed below with ***.

After receiving permission to take (individual instruction) private lessons, students must complete a consent form, available from the Student Office, MRH 3.836, obtain the instructor's signature, and return the form to the Student Office before registering for the course.

Contact information for instructors may be found on the UT-Austin directory at: http://www.utexas.edu/directory/.
  • Bassoon - BSN 201: Prof. Kristin Jensen
  • Clarinet - CLA 201: Prof. Nathan Williams
  • Double Bass - D B 201: Prof. DaXun Zhang
  • Flute - FLU 201: Contact TA: (to be determined)
  • French Horn - F H 201: Prof. Patrick Hughes
  • Oboe - OBO 201: Prof. Rebecca Henderson
  • Organ - ORG 201: Prof. Matthias Maierhofer
  • ***Percussion - PER 201: Prof. Thomas Burritt
  • Saxophone - SAX 201: (to be named)
  • Trumpet - TRU 201: Prof. Ray Sasaki
  • ***Viola - VIA 201: Prof. Roger Myers
  • Violin - VIO 201: Prof. Brian Lewis
  • Violoncello - V C 201: Prof. Bion Tsang

    *** = Do not contact instructor for this instrument until the week of Aug. 18th for Fall 2014 classes.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: What class should I take if I want to learn how to read music?
A: MUS 306M Elements of Music. It's usually offered in the fall and spring semesters. IMPORTANT: MUS 306M has replaced MUS 606A, effective for Fall 2013 and beyond. However, MUS 606A and MUS 306M may not both be counted for degree plan credit.

Q: If a music course appears as "open; restricted" in the course schedule, am I still able to register for it?
A: For courses listed as such, it means seats are available but you must have instructor permission. For organized (group) courses, an online waitlist may be available, or ask the instructor if a waitlist can be added. Most of our 201 courses (private lesson courses) usually do not appear as "closed" in the course schedule, but registration is restricted due to the number of available slots which a performance instructor may have available. This varies from semester to semester, and getting permission varies among the various 201 courses; please see the information listed above.

Q: Where can I find more information about a music course, such as a syllabus?
A: Course syllabi for undergraduate organized courses may be found at Access Syllabi and CVs. Once there, select the year and semester, type in the course number and any letters that are part of the course number, e.g. 302L, 303M, 313, etc. (however, do not include the course prefix MUS or ENS), then after clicking on the search button, look for the course syllabus/syllabi in the list that appears. Keep in mind, syllabi for individual instruction courses such as PIA 201, undergraduate organized courses with enrollment less than 5, and graduate courses will NOT appear in this list. Additionally, courses with instruction type "Laboratory" are not required to have syllabi uploaded; this includes ensembles and performance-based organized courses such as group piano or group guitar classes. Also, many of the course syllabi to be uploaded for a given semester typically do not appear until just after the first class day of that semester. However, syllabi uploaded from previous semesters may provide some useful information for you.

Q: Is performance instruction group-based, or are there options for individual instruction?
A: All of our 201 courses with a performance prefix, such as GUI (guitar), PIA (piano), VOI (voice), etc., are individual instruction, meaning private lessons. You and your instructor for a 201 course arrange a time to have a weekly lesson. Other courses, such as MUS 101G and MUS 313, are group classes and meet as organized courses as listed in the course schedule.

Q: If I have other training in other musical instruments, can that be substituted for the training required in the instrument for which I want to take 201?
A: Except for the ability to read music, the answer is no.

Q: I would like to take a 201 private lesson course in the summer. Is this possible?
A: Unfortunately, we do not offer any 201 private lesson courses for non-Music majors in the summer.

Q: What about other performance courses with higher numbers, such as 202, 210, etc. ?
A: The 202, 210, and higher numbered courses in performance are available only for Music Majors. The only exception is 251 offered in the fall and spring semesters, which has as a prerequisite(s) the completion of four semesters of 201 and/or consent of the area faculty.

Q: When will I find out about when the 201 class meets?
A: 201 courses that have a non-MUS abbreviation are not organized classes; these are private lesson courses. If you have registered or have been approved to register for one of the private lesson 201 courses, you will be contacted by your instructor during the first week of classes to set up a time for a private lesson, which is usually 30 minutes each week. If you have not been contacted by the first week of classes, please go to the Student Office, MRH 3.836 during office hours which are 8am-Noon & 1-4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Q: Can I get an instrument for rental or purchase through the university?
A: A limited number of musical instruments are available for check out each semester. The Butler School of Music will check out instruments to students who have faculty approval and are registered for UT music courses or ensembles as required; these instruments are available to both to music majors and non-music majors. There is currently no fee to check out an instrument, but it must be returned or renewed at the end of the semester. Priority goes to music majors and those in more advanced ensembles. To check out an instrument, go to the Instrument Room, MRH (MBE) 2.134. Important: Students who check out an instrument for a semester but who do not re-check or return the instrument will have a bar placed on their record which will prevent future registration until the bar is cleared.

Q: If I am unable to check out an instrument from the Butler School of Music, such as a trumpet or a classical guitar, where can I rent or purchase an instrument?
A: For instrument purchase, try Guitar Center, or for rental/purchase, try Strait Music.

Q: What does "secondary" mean?
A: Secondary in this context means not the primary instrument or major.

Q: How do I get a minor in music?
A: Speak with your academic adviser first. No application to music is required to minor in music, but music staff do not advise non-music majors for their minors. More information is available at our web page for undergraduate admissions at http://www.music.utexas.edu/admissions/undergraduate/MusicMinor.aspx. You may also want to use the Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) to find out how future courses might apply toward your degree.

Q: Can I take an examination to allow me to receive Fine Arts credit for a music performance course for my degree program?
A: Due to practical considerations and the variable aspects inherent in music performance, the Butler School of Music does not offer credit-by-examination for music performance courses. Also, check with your adviser in your program/college to determine which Music courses are eligible for you to receive Fine Arts credit. Many programs/colleges no longer allow private lesson courses such as PIA 201, or group performance courses such as MUS 313, or ensembles to fulfill Fine Arts credit.

Q: Does taking piano class in high school count as formal piano lessons?
A: In general, yes. Taking class piano in high school usually provides enough training for learning how to read music and for being familiar with very basic piano skills. It is okay if it has been a few years since you last played.

Q: Are there ensembles just for non-Music majors?
A: While there are no ensembles that are only for non-Music majors, certain ensembles, in particular Longhorn Band, consist primarily of non-Music majors. All of our undergraduate ensembles are open to any University student who can qualify by audition (although some ensembles do not require an audition).

Q: What is the process for registering for chamber music for non-Music majors?
A: Non-music majors may request at or just before the beginning of the semester to audition. String players should contact Prof. John Largess; pianists should contact Prof. Anton Nel; woodwind players should contact Prof. Kristin Jensen; and brass players should contact Prof. Charles Villarrubia. A mandatory chamber music meeting occurs on the fourth class day for fall and spring classes, and signs with this information are posted on the 5th floor of MRH and near the MRH elevators.

Q: What instruments are taught in MUS 313 Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments?
A: Students learn to play guitar, recorder, and varying types of percussion instruments as well as the basics in reading and notating music. Instruments are provided, but rental of a guitar is recommended. Note: For Fall 2013, the 1pm section was restricted to FIGs in Education.

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If you are unable to find the information you need on this web page or from the links listed above, please contact Stephen Wray sjw@austin.utexas.edu or drop by the Student Office, MRH 3.836 during office hours, which are 9am-Noon & 1-4pm, Monday through Friday.

This page is updated periodically throughout the year. Information for the next semester will be added approximately one to two weeks before the first registration period for the next semester and as it becomes available for posting, and will replace the previous semester information.


Updated July 10, 2014. sjw
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