Thanks for visiting the Butler School of Music's web page for non-music majors at The University of Texas at Austin!

Fall 2015 information is listed below. For Summer 2015, we offer the following classes: History of Rock Music, Jazz Appreciation, Music of African Americans, and Introduction to Western Music. No private lesson courses are offered in the summer for non-music majors.

For additional information, please see Non-Music Major FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions.


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 Music Minor.

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 9am-Noon & 1-4pm, 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. 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 2015 is Wednesday, August 26, 2015. 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 180E) 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.)

Music Performance Instruction (for credit): Private Lessons or Group

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 Private 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.

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 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.

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 (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 (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 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.

Harp - 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 (via email only) to ask her permission to register. Please do not contact Prof. Leonard until the first day of Fall 2015 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.

Percussion - Private lessons (for credit)

Students interested in taking PER 201 lessons must contact Prof. Thomas Burritt to request his permission to register. There is no audition required; however, a brief interview is required before a decision is made.

Note: No decisions regarding PER 201 are made until all music major assignments for percussion instruction have been decided, which is just before the semester begins, so it’s best to contact Prof. Burritt no sooner than a week before classes begin.

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 Frequently Asked Questions section.

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 (or PIA 251) again: Students who were registered for PIA 201 for the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semester are not required to audition again for approval for PIA 201 for Fall 2015. They should send a request via e-mail to s.gilmson@austin.utexas.edu (link sends e-mail) to take PIA 201 again for Fall 2015. An email approval from Prof. Gilmson, CC'd to sjw@austin.utexas.edu (link sends e-mail), is sufficient, but absolutely no later than Thursday, May 14, 2015 (last day of PIA 201/251 juries for the spring); the restriction will be lifted on the first class day, Aug. 26, 2015. However, students who have the restriction lifted on the course must register for PIA 201 (or PIA 251) by 4pm of the third class day, which is Friday, Aug. 28. Failure to register for the course by the deadline will result in cancelation of the approval to add the course.

Students who have taken PIA 201 prior to Fall 2015 but not during the 2014-2015 academic year must audition again.

All registered students for PIA 201 (or PIA 251) for Fall 2015 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 2015 will occur on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 (the day before Fall 2015 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, 2015 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. 26. 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 THIRD class day, which is Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Failure to register for the course by 4pm on Aug. 28 will result in cancellation of the 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.

Saxophone - Private lessons (for credit)

Students interested in taking SAX 201 lessons must contact Prof. Stephen Page spage@austin.utexas.edu to request his permission to register. Saxophones are available for checkout from the department at the beginning of the semester, if needed.

Trombone - Private lessons (for credit)

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 for more information.

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 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.

Viola - Private lessons (for credit)

Students interested in taking VIA 201 lessons must contact Prof. Roger Myers to request his permission to register. There is no audition required; decisions are made on a first come, first served basis, but not until the beginning of the semester.

Students interested in taking VIA 201 lessons must contact Prof. Roger Myers to request his permission to register. There is no audition required; decisions are made on a first come, first served basis, but not until the beginning of the semester.

Note: Although decisions are made on a first come, first served basis, email responses to student inquiries for VIA 201 are typically sent only just before the beginning of the semester.

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), please contact Prof. Brian Lewis.

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. 24, 2015 and register for VOI 201 no later than Noon, Aug. 24, 2015. 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 2015 will be notified via e mail who their instructor is on the fourth class day, which is Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.

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 2015 will occur on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in MRH 4.118 from 10am 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, Aug. 26, 2015. (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. 28, 2015. 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 Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, only if they have already registered for VOI 201.

Private Lessons for Other Instruments (for credit)

For information or permission to register for private 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.

After receiving permission to take 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 in the UT Austin Directory.


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 June 9, 2015. sjw