Students in group piano classEach year, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music provides coursework and training to approximately 350 undergraduate music majors, 300 graduate music students, and over 2,500 non-music majors. A four-year projection of course offerings (you may need to install Acrobat Reader to access this document) is available to provide accurate information for music faculty & staff advisers and students; projected courses are subject to change.


Undergraduate Degrees & Advising: Information regarding academic advising and degree requirements for music majors. Includes degree guidelines and academic policies as well as information on juries, recitals and ensemble requirements. 

For Current Graduate Students: Commonly used links, forms, and summaries of policies and procedures for currently enrolled grad students.

Information for Non-Music Majors: Performance courses for non-music majors and general procedures on how to register.

Time and Credit Hour Information: The Butler School of Music's policies regarding credit hours granted to ensembles, chamber music, and lessons.

Consent Form for Butler School of Music Courses

The Butler School of Music course consent form is available online for restricted or closed music courses beginning two to three weeks before the first registration access period for the upcoming semester and up to the 12th class day for the fall or spring semesters. The form can be used to request to register for a course that is completely restricted (please see the note below), or for a class you want that is closed, and it replaces the paper form previously available. Students can still email instructors directly instead of using the form; please see "If emailing the instructor directly" listed below.

Note: Typically, a completely restricted course is a non-performance individual instruction course, such as MUS 178C, directed reading, etc. However, the vast majority of music's organized courses (ones that have an instructor listed and usually have a meeting time indicated) are restricted to allow only music majors to register for them. But these will still appear as restricted in the online course schedule, since the University indicates this for any course offered that is either completely restricted or restricted to just the majors in the department. Moreover, music majors should attempt to register for an organized music course that is not closed before using the online consent form; the consent form is typically not needed in these cases.

As generally occurred when the paper form has been used, it's best if you already have had a conversation with the instructor you wish to study with or for the course you want to enroll in before submitting the form. Music majors who are unable to register for a private lessons course that isn't listed on the form should email their instructors directly instead.

The Student Office, MRH 3.836, no longer provides paper course consent forms for students to add or drop music courses. Graduate students who need to drop a music course after the 4th class day for fall or spring should contact either Jeff Grimes in the Graduate Office, MRH 3.706, or Stephen Wray in the Student Office, MRH 3.836.

When to use the form?

1. For a completely restricted course, such as a 178C independent study, directed readings, one credit hour lessons [115(x)] for music studies majors, two credit hour private lessons [201] for non-music majors, etc. These are found under the Individual Instruction (I. I.) listings on the form.

(Note: Non-music majors who want to register for a private lessons course (201) will find important information regarding instructors and audition/registration information at the Non-Music Major web page.)

2. For a closed class, meaning the class is full. These are found under the Organized class listings. For a class that has a waitlist, students should attempt to get on the waitlist instead of using the online form, unless they have already discussed their request with the instructor.

3. Requesting the instructor to waive a course prerequisite, such as for a chamber music course.

It's expected that students who receive approval to register for a restricted course will do so no later than the 4th class day for the fall or spring semesters. (Non-music majors, please take note of any deadline dates listed at the Non-Music Major web page). Students who receive approval to register for a closed class will have the class added to their registration by Stephen Wray, usually the same day or the next business day.

If emailing the instructor directly

Please include your name, EID, the course abbreviation and number, course title, and unique number in your email. If the instructor approves, he or she should copy Stephen Wray on that email, to allow him to lift the restriction or add the course for you (done usually the same day or the next business day).