MajorMinor3YRBachelor of Arts

So much more than a musician.

As a Music major at Butler, you will have access to world-class performance facilities and diverse ensembles such as the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler University Chorale, Jazz Ensembles, and more. You’ll be mentored by faculty who are renowned performers and scholars, while engaging in a flexible curriculum that gives you the freedom to customize your college experience. You can expect to collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists, complete a major research project, or even teach in the Butler Community Arts School, giving you noteworthy opportunities for a well-rounded education.

Program Infomation


Butler’s excellent reputation, personalized instruction, strong pedagogy, and ideal location in the vibrant musical and cultural community of Indianapolis equals a program that is not only about reaching your career goals, but pursuing your passions. Sample courses in this program include:

  • AM 023 – Keyboard Skills
  • MT 101 – Music Theory
  • MH 308 – Music in Global Contexts
  • ME 330 – Self-Representation for Music
  • MH 305 – Music History & Literature
  • ES 313 – Accompanying

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  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Composition
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Performance
  • Piano Pedagogy
Three-Year Program

The Music major can be completed in a total of three years. More information can be found here.

The Butler Advantage

By graduation, the Butler University School of Music will prepare our students to be able to:

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of music in diverse, historical, cultural, and social contexts.

Demonstrate a proficiency in fundamental theoretical aspects of music, appropriate to the area of study.

Perform using technical and artistic skills appropriate to the area of applied study, including solo and collaborative music making.

Gather, evaluate, and communicate musical information and ideas verbally and in writing.

Teach from their disciplines in a variety of settings.

Meet Your Faculty

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Kate Boyd
Professor of Piano, School of Music
Music – JCA
An active soloist and chamber musician, American pianist Kate Boyd has performed solo recitals at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, the Musikhalle Hamburg, in addition to many places…
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David Murray
Professor of Double Bass and Director, School of Music
Music – JCA
David Murray has an international reputation as a solo bassist and teacher. He is currently Professor of Bass and Director of the School of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis and Principal Bassist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He also…
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Dana Zenobi
Associate Professor – Music
Music – JCA
Dana Zenobi is a nationally recognized inerpreter of art song by women and voice pedagogy scholar. She teaches Studio Voice, Voice Pedagogy, Lyric Diction, and Vocal Literature courses and researches voice acoustics, music performance anxiety, & art song

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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