Thanks for visiting the Butler School of Music's web page for non-music majors at the University of Texas at Austin. Information for Fall 2021 is listed further below.

The Butler School does not offer a music certificate or music minor, but for students who are interested in pursuing a Fine Arts related certificate/minor, please see Undergraduate Certificates & Minors below.


Registration overview

To search for all of the Butler School of Music's credit course offerings online, go to the Online Course Schedule. Your UT EID and password are required to search for courses. Lecture and group instruction courses are under the MUS field of study; ensembles are under ENS. For private lesson courses available to non-majors, see the list further below. Additionally, the ensembles are open to any University student who can qualify via audition; more information about ensembles is listed below as well.

Keep in mind that any music course(s) you want to take for degree purposes must be approved by a degree program adviser for your major. The Butler School of Music neither makes approvals for degree credit for non-music majors' degree programs nor advises non-music majors. Although the Butler School does not offer a transcript-recognized certificate or minor, some general information regarding what other departments and colleges offer is available at Undergraduate Certificates & Minors.

NOTE: For the MUS 302L & MUS 307 courses that fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts (VP) core curriculum, if any of these have the status "open; reserved" in the course schedule, then some of the seats have been reserved for incoming freshmen/transfer students for the FALL semester. (For the spring semester, all of these seats are OPEN.)

Other than the MUS 302L/307 courses noted above, for a course with status listed as "closed" or "open; reserved" and for which there is no online waitlist, you must get the instructor's emailed permission. Be sure to include your UT EID, course number and title, unique number, and semester that the course is offered. (See further below regarding who to contact for private lesson courses.) Once the instructor approves via email, Stephen Wray, BSOM Registrar (if copied on it or forwarded to him), will lift the reserved status for the student usually the same day that the approval is received, or will add the course for the student if it's closed. For reserved courses, the student must add the course by the 4th class day of the fall or spring semesters, or 2nd class day for summer sessions. If needed, Stephen's email address is listed at the bottom of the page.


Lecture/group instruction music courses for all majors, for course credit

Below is a list of music courses that are typically offered in the fall and spring semesters, except otherwise noted, by the Butler School of Music and are available to all undergraduate majors at the University of Texas at Austin. Also included below are the Visual and Performing Arts core curriculum music courses, marked with an asterisk (*), which are also open to all majors. Information for ensembles and private lessons courses is listed further below.

NOTE: For the MUS 302L & MUS 307 courses that fulfill the Visual and Performing Arts (VP) core curriculum, if any of these have the status "open; reserved" in the course schedule, then some of the seats have been reserved for incoming freshmen/transfer students for the FALL semester. (For the spring semester, all of the MUS 302L/307 seats are OPEN.)
  • MUS 101Q Beginning Guitar Class
  • MUS 101V Beginning Violin Class
  • MUS 302L *Introduction To Western Music
  • MUS 303C *Fundmntl Mus: Classrm Instrmnt
  • MUS 303D *Fundamentals Of Music: Guitar
  • MUS 303E *Fundamentals Of Music: Piano
  • MUS 303M *Intro Mus In World Cultures
  • MUS 306M *Elements Of Music
  • MUS 307 *Topics vary - recent offerings: 1-Music Of African Americans; 2-History Of Rock Music; 3-Jazz Appreciation; History of Film Music
  • MUS 312C *Music and Culture [spring only] - Most seats in this class are reserved for music majors.
  • MUS 334 *Topics vary - recent offerings: 1-Music of Mexico & Caribbean; 2-Music Of Latin America; 5-Music of African Diaspora; History of Mariachi Music
  • MUS 342 Topics vary - recent offerings: 3-Musics of India, Music of South Africa, Music and LGBTQIA+ Cultures

Additionally, although the courses below are reserved for music majors or are completely restricted, there are usually some openings for non-music majors. Contact the instructor listed for the course for approval to register. If approved, follow the instructions listed in Registration overview above to register. Note: Some of these courses use the online waitlist system as part of the approval process for non-music majors.

  • MUS 214C Beginning Composition
  • MUS 319D Foundations Digital Sound/Mus
  • MUS 329E Intro To Electronic Media [fall only]
  • MUS 329J Introduction To Computer Music [fall only]
  • MUS 329G Intermediate Electronic Comp [spring only, as group class]
  • MUS 329M Intermediate Computer Music [spring only]

Ensembles for course credit

Most Butler School of Music ensembles (field of study: ENS - Ensemble) require an ensemble audition, although some of the smaller ensembles may not. For more information, please visit our Ensembles web page. For ensemble audition information, look for updated information under the menu link for Ensembles, or under the Perform & Study link, or contact the instructor listed in the course schedule. Nearly all ensemble auditions take place just before or during the first four class days of the semester, but there are exceptions. The first class day for Fall Semester 2021 is Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. 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. Ensemble courses are repeatable for additional course credit.

Note: None of the ensembles fulfill the VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) core curriculum requirement. However, a small number of ensembles help fulfill flag requirements for undergraduates; see the listings in the course schedule under the field of study "ENS - Ensemble".

Most of our undergraduate ensemble courses are cross-listed with graduate ensemble courses with similar titles. 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 are required to search for courses.)


In-person Private lesson courses (and group instruction courses for some instruments) for course credit

For private lesson courses (Instrument/Voice 201) and certain group instruction courses, please see information under each instrument listed below. All students requesting to register for one of the 201 private lessons courses are expected to know how to read music notation. Most instructors expect a student to provide their own instrument, although some instruments may be available for checkout. Please read closely for any additional prerequisites or requirements listed, such as audition dates, registration deadlines, etc. Private lesson courses are repeatable for additional course credit.

NOTE: Private lesson courses are offered in-person for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. A decision regarding remote lessons should be discussed with the instructor or faculty member listed, prior to enrollment.

None of the private lesson courses fulfill the VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) core curriculum requirement.

Alternatively, if you are interested in taking private lessons for an instrument or voice as non-curricular lessons (no course credit), email Dan Seriff, BSOM's Community Outreach Coordinator, at danseriff@austin.utexas.edu for more information.


Bassoon - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking BSN 201 lessons must contact Prof. Kristin Jensen kwjensen@mail.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Clarinet - Private lessons for course credit

Registration for CLA 201 is unrestricted, but enrollment is limited. Clarinets may be available for checkout from the department at the beginning of the semester, if needed. Contact Prof. Jonathan Gunn jgunn@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

Double Bass - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking D B 201 lessons should contact Prof. Joel Braun joel.braun@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Euphonium (or Tuba) - Private Lessons for course credit

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

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

Students interested in taking EUP 201 (or TBA 201) lessons must contact Prof. Charles Villarrubia cvillarrubia@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID! Euphoniums or tubas may be available for checkout from the Butler School of Music, but students are encouraged to provide their own instrument.

Flute - Private lessons for course credit

For those who have at least three years of experience playing flute: FLU 201.

Students interested in taking FLU 201 lessons should contact Prof. Marianne Gedigian's teaching assistant, Annabel MacDonald annabelm@utexas.edu to request permission to enroll, no later than the second class day of the semester of enrollment. An audition is required before approval is considered, and students are expected to provide their own instrument. Be sure to include your UT EID!

French Horn - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking F H 201 lessons must contact Prof. Patrick Hughes patrickhughes@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Guitar - Group instruction or private lessons for course credit

Please note: MUS 101Q 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 (fret board) than an acoustic guitar.

Group Instruction in Guitar

For those who cannot read music and who do not own a guitar: Register for MUS 303D 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 303C Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments, please see the Non-Major FAQs.

For those who can read music and own a classical guitar: Register for MUS 101Q Beginning Guitar Class (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.

Private Lessons in Guitar

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

Interested students must contact Prof. Adam Holzman aholzman@mail.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Harp - Private lessons or harp ensemble for course 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. Be sure to include your UT EID! Please do not contact Prof. Leonard until the first day of classes. 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.

Oboe - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking OBO 201 lessons must contact Prof. Andy Parker aparker@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Organ - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking ORG 201 lessons must contact Prof. Gregory Eaton gregory.eaton@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. This course must be completed on campus. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Percussion - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking PER 201 lessons must contact Prof. Tom Burritt tburritt@mail.utexas.edu to request his permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID! 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 course credit
Group Instruction in Piano

MUS 303E 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 303C Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments, please see the Non-Music Major FAQs.

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. Prof. Margarita Denenburg m.denenburg@utexas.edu, the professor of piano pedagogy, oversees enrollment in PIA 201/251. For questions about private lessons in piano not addressed below, please email her.


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 Spring 2021 semester are not required to audition again for approval for PIA 201 for Fall 2021. They should send a request via e-mail to Prof. Margarita Denenburg to take PIA 201 again for Fall 2021. Be sure to include your UT EID! An email approval from Prof. Denenburg m.denenburg@utexas.edu, CC'd to sjw@austin.utexas.edu, is sufficient, but absolutely no later than May 7, 2021 (last class day for Spring 2021).

The restriction for returning PIA 201 students is expected to be lifted on the SECOND class day, Aug. 26, 2021. However, students who have the restriction lifted on the course must register for PIA 201 (or PIA 251) no later than the THIRD class day, which is Friday, Aug. 27. Failure to register for the course by the deadline will result in cancellation of the approval to add the course.

All registered students for PIA 201 (or PIA 251) for Fall 2021 will be notified of who their instructor is on the fifth class day or a little later, but only if they have registered for the course.

NOTE: Usually, returning students for PIA 201 not enrolled in the course for at least one semester in the previous academic year must audition again. However, students who were enrolled in PIA 201 during Spring 2020 but were not able to take this course during Fall 2020-Spring 2021 may register for PIA 201 without an audition. Please notify Dr. Denenburg of your interest no later than August 18 to be considered. Registration availability is limited and is not guaranteed. Approved students will be notified by 2pm on Aug. 25.


Students Who Have Not Taken PIA 201

All available seats for PIA 201 have been taken for Fall 2021. We hope to have more seats available in Spring 2022!

Saxophone - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking SAX 201 lessons must contact Prof. Stephen Page spage@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID! Students must have their own saxophone and some previous musical training in saxophone.

Trombone - Private lessons for course 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 brickens@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

Trumpet - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking TRU 201 lessons must contact Prof. Billy Hunter billy.hunter@austin.utexas.edu, to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Tuba (or Euphonium) - Private lessons for course credit

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

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

Students interested in taking TBA 201 (or EUP 201) lessons must contact Prof. Charles Villarrubia cvillarrubia@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID! Tubas or euphoniums may be available for checkout from the Butler School of Music, but students are encouraged to provide their own instrument.

Viola - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking VIA 201 lessons must contact Prof. Roger Myers rogmyers@austin.utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID! 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 course credit
Group Instruction in Violin

For those who can read music and have no prior violin experience: Register for MUS 101V 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.

Private Lessons in Violin

For those with at least four years of advanced violin playing experience, commensurate to Bach’s A minor concerto or higher: VIO 201

Auditions for VIO 201 will be held in the evening of the first class day of the fall semesters only. For the audition, please prepare three to four minutes of music. It can be any work of your choosing, and memorization is not required. Those successfully passing the audition will be allowed to register for the course. Lessons are taught by his graduate assistant; space is limited.

Contact Prof. Brian Lewis blviolin@aol.com if you have questions not answered above. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Violoncello (Cello) - Private lessons for course credit

Students interested in taking V C 201 lessons must contact Prof. Bion Tsang biontsang@utexas.edu to request permission to register. Be sure to include your UT EID!

Voice - Private lessons for course credit

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

Note: VOI 201 will offer in-person lessons. The number of spots available is limited, and approvals are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

College of Fine Arts students are given priority to register 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 have email approval from Prof. Darlene Wiley dwiley@austin.utexas.edu or their TA (be sure to include your UT EID!) and forward this to Stephen Wray sjw@austin.utexas.edu, BSOM Registrar, on or before Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 (4pm deadline) and register for VOI 201 no later than Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 (5pm deadline). Approved returning students who have not registered by the deadline will have their approval canceled. Students registered for VOI 201 for Fall 2021 will be notified via email who their instructor is shortly after the fourth class day, which is Aug. 30, 2021.

Students Who Have Not Taken VOI 201
New students interested in taking VOI 201 cannot register for this course before auditioning. For the audition, students are required to submit a questionnaire and upload a video recording of themselves singing at least the first line of the US national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) at this Qualtrics link: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8GKql34xy5f7tOZ. Detailed instructions are included in the Qualtrics form online. The deadline for submitting the questionnaire and video recording for Fall Semester 2021 is Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. However, because there are a limited number of openings for students, it's best if students submit their questionnaires and videos as early as possible to increase their chances of being approved to register for VOI 201.

Audition results are expected to be sent via email no later than 10am on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. 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. 27, 2021. Students who have not registered for the course by the third class day will have their approval canceled.

Students will be notified via email who their instructor is shortly after the fourth class day, only if they have already registered for VOI 201.


Undergraduate Certificates & Minors

Completing a transcriptable certificate or minor can support and enhance your major, provide an opportunity to explore something entirely different and let you have a truly interdisciplinary college experience.

Transcript-recognized certificates and minors are not required for music majors, but may be combined with a music degree.

Certificates

The University of Texas at Austin offers undergraduate students a wide variety of transcript-recognized certificate programs

Although the Butler School of Music does not offer a transcriptable certificate, students with an interest in fine arts might consider the certificates in Digital Arts & MediaInnovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies and Textile Conservation and Museum Studies. Please direct inquiries to the appropriate department.

Minors

Students following the 2016-2018 catalog or later:

The University of Texas at Austin offers undergraduate students a wide variety of transcript-recognized undergraduate academic minors

Although the Butler School of Music does not offer a transcriptable minor in music, students with an interest in fine arts might consider the Minor in Arts Management and Administration, the Art History Minor and the Minor in Studio Art. Please direct inquiries to the appropriate department.

Students following the 2014-2016 catalog or earlier:

Transcriptable minors are not available to students following the 2014-2016 catalog or earlier catalogs. Non-music majors following the 2014-2016 catalog or earlier catalogs who are interested in taking music coursework to fulfill degree requirements should continue reading below and speak to an academic advisor in their major college or department. Music staff do not advise non-music majors on degree requirements.

Music Coursework, Lessons and Ensembles for Non-Music Majors

Many Butler School of Music ensembles are open to any currently enrolled university student who can pass the ensemble audition. Visit the ensemble webpage for audition dates and requirements.

Private lesson and group instruction courses for non-music majors are available in many areas.

Visit the course schedule for a list of music coursework. Most classes will appear under the MUS field of study. Many academic music courses (theory, history, etc.) are restricted to allow only music majors to register, however, all MUS courses fulfilling the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) core curriculum requirement are open and unrestricted. Non-music majors are required to obtain instructor approval to register for restricted courses. The process for receiving instructor approval for a restricted course is described on the non-music major webpage.

The Butler School of Music does not advise non-music majors, so music courses taken for degree purposes must be approved by your advisor for your major.


Non-Music Major FAQs


What class should I take if I want to learn how to read music?

MUS 306M Elements of Music. It's usually offered in the fall and spring semesters.


If a music course appears as "open; reserved" in the course schedule, am I still able to register for it?

It depends. For organized (group instruction) music courses with the core curriculum indicator "VP" (Visual and Performing Arts), some of the seats have been reserved for incoming freshmen/transfer students, and only those students are allowed to add the course, dependent on their orientation session date. This occurs only during the summer, for fall registration.

For organized music courses without the “VP” core indicator, these are reserved for music majors only and would require that you have the instructor’s email permission to add the course.

For private lessons courses for non-music majors—these are the Instr/Voi 201 courses--please review the information for each instrument/voice located at the non-music major web page.


Where can I find more information about a music course, such as a syllabus?

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, 306M, 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. Lastly, 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.


Is performance instruction group-based, or are there options for individual instruction?

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 101Q and MUS 303E, are group classes and meet as organized courses as listed in the course schedule.


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?

Except for the ability to read music, the answer is usually no.


I would like to take a 201 private lesson course in the summer. Is this possible?

Unfortunately, we do not offer any 201 private lesson courses for non-music majors in the summer.


What about other performance courses with higher numbers, such as 210, 312, etc. ?

The 210 and higher numbered courses in performance are reserved for music majors only. The only exception is 251 offered in the fall and spring semesters, which has as prerequisites the completion of four semesters of 201 and/or consent of the area faculty.


When will I find out about when the 201 class meets?

The 201 courses with a non-MUS abbreviation preceding it, such as BSN, CLA, etc., 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 email Stephen Wray, BSOM Registrar sjw@austin.utexas.edu.


What does "secondary" mean?

Secondary in this context means not the primary instrument or major.


How do I get a minor in music?

The Butler School of Music does not offer a minor (or certificate) in music. However, if you are interested in pursuing a certificate and/or minor in a related fine arts field, more information is available at Undergraduate Certificates & Minors.


Can I take an examination to allow me to receive Fine Arts credit for a music performance course for my degree program?

The Butler School of Music does not offer credit by examination for music performance courses.


Does taking piano class in high school count as formal piano lessons?

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.


Are there ensembles just for non-music majors?

Except for ENS 108S which is for non-music major saxophone players, we have no ensembles that are only for non-music majors. However, certain ensembles, in particular Longhorn Band, University Chorus, and University Orchestra, consist primarily of non-music majors. All of our undergraduate ensembles are open to any University student who can qualify by audition, and some of the smaller ensembles do not require an audition. Visit the Ensembles page for more information.


What instruments are taught in MUS 303C Fundamentals of Music: Classroom Instruments?

Students learn to play recorder, varying types of percussion instruments, and the ukulele, as well as the basics in reading and notating music. Instruments are provided, but the purchase of a recorder is required.


Can I rent an instrument from the Butler School?

The Butler School doesn't rent instruments but does allow instrument checkout. Keep in mind, music majors usually have priority for checking out instruments.


For more information, please contact Stephen Wray, BSOM Registrar sjw@austin.utexas.edu.

Latest updates for Fall/Summer 2021 on July 19, 2021. sjwray