Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Participating as a Non-Major

Ensemble Participation ~ Show Information

A non-music major may participate in any of Butler's music ensembles, which are listed below. An audition is required for all ensembles except University Choir, University Marching Band, and University Basketball Band. Upon their acceptance into the ensemble, students register for the 100-level as freshmen and sophomores, the 300-level as juniors and seniors, and the 500-level for graduate students; all ensembles are 1-credit registrations. Interested students should contact the listed faculty member directly for audition information, rehearsal and concert schedules, etc.

Vocal:

  • ES 117/317/517 - University Choir (Prof. Henry Leck, hleck@butler.edu, 940-9633)

NOTE: Students, especially those who may have participated in a choral program at their high school, community or church,may also register for Professor Leck's section of PCA 241, which combines participation in University Choir with weekly lectures and discussion to fulfill the PCA requirement in the university core curriculum.

 

Instrumental:

  • ES 101/301/501 - Chamber Music (Dr. Bill Grubb, wgrubb@butler.edu, 940-6418)
  • ES 102/302/502 - Guitar Chamber Music (Prof. Brett Terrell, bterrell@butler.edu, 940-9636)
  • ES 103/303/503 - Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet (Prof. Nick Brightman, nbrightm@butler.edu, 940-9631)
  • ES 106/306/506 - Percussion Ensemble (Prof. Jon Crabiel, jcrabiel@butler.edu, 940-9488)
  • ES 108/308/508 - New Music Ensemble (Dr. Michael Schelle, mschelle@butler.edu, 940-9642)
  • ES 120/320/520 - University Wind Ensemble (Dr. Robert Grechesky, rgreches@butler.edu, 940-9244)
  • ES 122/322/522 - University Symphony (Prof. Richard Clark, rclark@butler.edu, 940-8031)

Jazz:

  • ES 104/304/504 - Jordan Jazz [vocal ensemble with small instrumental combo](Dr. Tim Brimmer, tbrimmer@butler.edu, 940-9641)
  • ES 124/324/524 - Jazz Ensemble (Dr. Matt Pivec, mpivec@butler.edu, 940-9068)
  • ES 127/327/527 - Jazz Combo (Dr. Matt Pivec, mpivec@butler.edu, 940-9068)

Athletic Bands:

  • ES 119/319/519 - University Marching Band (Prof. David McCullough, dmccullo@butler.edu, 940-9876)NOTE: Participation in the marching band can count for PWB credit in the university core curriculum. See www.butler.edu/bands for additional details.
  • ES 121/321/521 - University Basketball Band (Prof. David McCullough, dmccullo@butler.edu, 940-9876)

Private Lessons ~ Show Information

Non-music majors wishing to study Applied Music must also be enrolled in a music department ensemble. A "Request for Applied Secondary Lessons" form is available online (www.butler.edu/media/2553459/appliedsec.pdf), and should be submitted to the School of Music office, Lilly Hall, room 229. Once approved by the Chair of the School of Music, the student will be notified by Joy Rogers, School of Music secretary (jlrogers1@butler.edu, 317-940-9246).

Music Courses for Non-Majors ~ Show Information

The following courses are designed for non-music majors:

  • AM 125: Guitar Class 1 (U)(1)
    This course is designed for beginning guitar students with a passing knowledge of guitar playing, but no formal guitar instruction. This course will stress basic fundamentals such as hand and arm movement, chord playing, melody playing, counting, sight-reading music, and the study of a wide range of music.
  • AM 126: Guitar Class 2 (U)(1)
    A continuation of AM 125, with emphasis on more advanced techniques.
  • AM 127: Voice Class 1 (U)(1)
  • AM 128: Voice Class 2 (U)(1)
    Basic principles of voice development and use. This class is intended for non-majors or those music majors for whom voice is not the primary instrument. Two meetings per week.
  • AM 130: World Drumming Class (U)(1)
    This course offers experiences in learning world percussion techniques and its history. Areas of percussion study include: Latin-American Percussion, African Percussion, Brazilian Percussion, Caribbean Percussion, Cultural History and Folklore. No previous percussion experience required; instruments will be provided. Two meetings per week.

Minors ~ Show Information

Music Minor

A minor in Music is available through the Jordan College of the Arts to students whose primary major is not in music. It consists of twenty-four (24) semester hours, of which fourteen to sixteen (14-16) are specified. For specific requirements, see the Music Minor curriculum guide.

Jazz Studies Minor

A minor in Jazz Studies is available through the Jordan College of the Arts to students whose primary major is not in music. It consists of twenty-four (24) semester hours, of which twenty-two(22) are specified. For specific requirements, see the Jazz Studies Minor curriculum guide or contact Dr. Matt Pivec for further information mpivec@butler.edu or (317) 940-9068.

 

Fall 2014 Ensemble Participation Scholarships ~ Show Information

A number of scholarships (up to $1500 per year) are available for non-music majors interested in participating in major choral and instrumental ensembles through the School of Music.  Eligible ensembles include:

  • Butler Symphony Orchestra
  • University Wind Ensemble
  • University Symphonic Band
  • University Chorale
  • University Choir
  • Butler Women's Chorus

Awards are renewable up to eight (8) semesters as long as the student maintains good academic and musical standing at Butler.  Awards are based upon musicianship, academic record, and ensemble needs in the School of Music.

A brief 10-minute audition for Music faculty is required and will take place during Welcome Week for first-year Butler students. Music selections should include the following:
Vocalists- solo repertoire of your choice, "America the Beautiful," and sight reading.
Instrumentalists- solo repertoire of your choir, ensemble audition repertoire from our website, and sight reading.

Continued eligibility for ensemble participation scholarships requires registration in the ensemble and secondary-level applied music lessons (cannot be taken P/F or for non-credit).  A "B" or higher is required for both ensemble and lessons to remain in good standing.

To be considered for an ensemble participation scholarship, please submit your contact information and instrument/voice part to Kristin Flodder and plan to audition during Butler's Welcome Week.  If you have any questions about the scholarship or audition process, please contact Kristin Flodder at kflodder@butler.edu or 317-940-9065. 

Questions about a particular ensemble? Contact:

  • Butler Symphony Orchestra - Richard Clark at rclark@butler.edu or 317-940-8031 (on sabbatical Spring 2014)
  • University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band - Michael Colburn at mcolburn@butler.edu or 317-940-6672
  • University Chorale, University Choir and Butler Women's Chorus - Eric Stark at estark@butler.edu or 317-940-9981