Skip to main content
The Wind Ensemble playing music
School of Music

Participating as a Non-Major

Ensemble Participation

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 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.


  • ES 112/312/512 - Spectra (formerly Women's Chorus)  (Dr. John Perkins,, 317-940-9636)
  • ES 117/317/517 - University Choir (Dr. John Perkins,, 317-940-9636)
  • ES 118/318/518 - University Chorale (Dr. Eric Stark,, 317-940-9981)
  • ES 105/305/505 - Chamber Singers (Dr. Eric Stark,, 317-940-9981)
  • ES 110/310/510 - Opera Theatre (School of Music office,, 317-940-9246)


  • ES 101/301/501 - Chamber Music (Dr. Bill Grubb,, 317-940-6418)
  • ES 102/302/502 - Guitar Chamber Music (Prof. Brett Terrell,, 317-940-9636)
  • ES 103/303/503 - Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet (Prof. Heidi Radtke,, 317-940-6216)
  • ES 106/306/506 - Percussion Ensemble (Prof. Jon Crabiel,, 317-940-9488)
  • ES 108/308/508 - New Music Ensemble (Dr. Frank Felice,, 317-940-3236)
  • ES 120/320/520 - University Wind Ensemble (Prof. Michael Colburn,, 317-940-6672)
  • ES 122/322/522 - University Symphony (Prof. Richard Clark,, 317-940-8031)


Athletic Bands

  • ES 119/319/519 - University Marching Band (Dr. Matthew Smith,, 317-940-9876) NOTE: Participation in the marching band can count for PWB credit in the university core curriculum. See for additional details.
  • ES 121/321/521 - University Basketball Band (Dr. Matthew Smith,, 317-940-9876)

Private Lessons

Non-music majors wishing to study Applied Music must also be enrolled in a School of Music ensemble. A "Request for Applied Secondary Lessons" form is available online, 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 (, 317-940-9246). 

Music Courses for Non-Majors

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.


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) credit 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) credit 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 at or 317-940-9068.

Learn More on the Music Majors & Minors page.

Ensemble Participation Scholarships (EPS)

A limited number of scholarships (up to $2000 per year) are available for non-music majors interested in participating in major choral and instrumental ensembles through the School of Music. An audition is required for scholarship consideration, see more information below. Awards are renewable up to seven (7) semesters as long as the student maintains good academic and musical standing at Butler. Awards are based upon musicianship as demonstrated during the audition, academic record, and ensemble needs in the School of Music. Continued eligibility for Ensemble Participation Scholarships requires registration in the appropriate ensemble and secondary-level applied music lessons as outlined in the scholarship offer (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. 

Eligible ensembles include:

  • Butler Symphony Orchestra
  • Butler University Wind Ensemble
  • Butler University Symphonic Band
  • University Chorale
  • University Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble (by special permission)

Register for an EPS Audition

Registration Form: Ensemble Participation Scholarship Audition Registration form

Registration Deadline for Fall 2020 term entry: February 7, 2020

On the registration form, you will be asked to choose your first, second, and third choice of audition dates from a prescribed list. Auditions are currently scheduled for Saturdays, January 25, February 1, February 8, and February 15. The School of Music office will contact you directly to confirm a specific audition date and time. All auditions must be completed NO LATER than Friday, February 21 in order to be considered for an EPS. If you have significant conflicts with the above dates, or cannot attend an on-campus audition, please contact Courtney Trachsel at

Audition Requirements
  • Vocalists: solo repertoire of your choice OR "America the Beautiful" and sight reading.
  • Instrumentalists: solo repertoire of your choice, scales and sight reading.
What to expect during your audition

The full audition experience should last under an hour. The typical audition schedule includes 15-20 minutes of warm up time and approximately 15 minutes for the actual audition. The audition will be heard by a panel of two to three faculty members. The audition will include time for performing your selected repertoire, administration of sight-reading exercises and scales (as applicable), as well as time for students to interact with the audition panel.

When are audition results communicated?

All students will be notified of their audition results in mid-March via hard copy letter and electronic notification. Students who receive an EPS award will also receive information about their next steps for securing the award. NOTE: Only students who have been admitted academically to Butler University are eligible to receive an EPS.


Contact Courtney Trachsel in the School of Music office at or 317-940-9065.