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Butler Community Arts School
Butler Community Arts School

Group Classes

At the Butler Community Arts School, we offer our students the opportunity to learn individually and also as part of a group. Individuals taking private lessons may also participate in group classes. Class descriptions are below. Group classes take place on the beautiful campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please direct any questions to the BCAS office at BCAS@butler.edu or (317)940-5500.

Group class information is subject to change. 

Piano for Little Bulldogs (In person)

Ages 5-6

 REGISTER  THE FALL SESSION IS CURRENTLY FULL.
Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$185 per 10-week session

No summer session
Fall 2021 session: September 18th - November 20th 
Spring 2022 session: Beginning in January 

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class; late registrations will be accommodated if available space

Designed specifically for ages 5-6, Piano for Little Bulldogs focuses on beginning piano instruction-no previous music experience is required. Children will take a musical adventure with Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear.

Please note that a parent or caregiver must attend class with the child; a keyboard or piano must be available for practice at home.

Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Students & parents must wear masks at all times. 
  • In order to minimize visitors in the building, only one parent or caregiver may attend class with the student. Siblings or other family members are prohibited.
  • Students & parents/caregivers will be socially distanced (each student and their adult together) at all times.

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Butler Youth Jazz Program

Grades 7-12

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.  

Join Butler faculty and local jazz professionals for one of our FOUR offerings this fall: 

  • BYJP All-Star Senior Combo (grades 9-12)
  • BYJP All-Star Junior Combo (grades 7-9)
  • BYJP Jazz Performance Workshop Senior Ensemble (grades 9-12)
  • BYJP Jazz Performance Workshop Junior Ensemble (grades 7-9)

Students in the Butler Youth Jazz Program ensembles and combos can expect a demanding, yet fun experience learning the great art form of jazz. Ensembles and combos are comprised of students from various schools in central Indiana. Sessions culminate in a public concert for family and friends of participants.

Health and Safety: Students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks at all times regardless of vaccination status. Wind/brass instruments must wear proper playing masks and have bell covers. 

BYJP ALL-STAR COMBOS Senior & Junior

 Lilly Hall, Butler University

 Register

$150 

Sundays, 1:00pm-3:00pm

October 24-November 14 (4 weeks)

Limited Availability. Membership determined by audition.  

Senior Combo (Grades 9-12) audition requirements: 

  • Submit all components on one recording in .mp3 format.  

  • All: Piece of your choice (1 minute or less) 

  • All: “Yardbird Suite” Horns should play the melody once, then improvise for one chorus. Piano and Guitar should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then comp for one chorus. Bass should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play a bass line for one chorus. Drums should simply play along with the recording for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Horns, Piano, Bass, Guitar: A selection of scales appropriate to your ability level. Ideally, this includes full range concert Bb, Eb, F and chromatic scales.
  • Drums: 10-15 seconds of each of the following grooves: Swing, Rock, Bossa Nova, Ballad (brushes), any other grooves of your choice.  

Junior Combo (Grades 7-9) audition requirements :

  • Submit all components on one recording in .mp3 format.  

  • All: Piece of your choice (1 minute or less) 
  • All: “Sonnymoon For Two.” Horns should play the melody once, then improvise for one chorus. Piano and Guitar should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play the suggested chords (or chords of your own creation) for one chorus. Bass should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play the suggested bass line (or one of your own creation). Drums should simply play along with the recording for 1-2 minutes.  
  • Drums: 10-15 seconds of each of the following grooves: Swing, Rock, Bossa Nova.  

BYJP JAZZ PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP ENSEMBLES Senior & Junior

 Lilly Hall, Butler University

 Register

$150 

Sundays, 2:30pm-4:30pm

September 19-October 10 (4 weeks)

Evaluation Recording Required, All Students Accepted

Senior Ensemble (grades 9-12) evaluation recording requirements

3 years of playing experience necessary 

  • Submit all components on one recording in .mp3 format.  
  • All: Piece of your choice (1 minute or less) 
  • All: “Tenor Madness.” Horns should play the melody once, then improvise for one chorus. Piano and Guitar should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play the suggested chords (or chords of your own creation) for one chorus. Bass should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play the suggested bass line (or one of your own creation). Drums should simply play along with the recording for 1-2 minutes. (If you wish, use this background recording and feel free to slow the tempo down to 75%.) 
  • Horns, Piano, Bass, Guitar: (A selection of scales appropriate to your ability level. Ideally, this includes concert Bb, Eb, F and chromatic scales.) 
  • Drums: 10-15 seconds of each of the following grooves: Swing, Rock, Bossa Nova, Ballad (brushes) 

Junior Ensemble (grades 7-9) evaluation recording requirements

1 year of playing experience necessary 

  • Submit all components on one recording in .mp3 format.  
  • All: Piece of your choice (1 minute or less) 
  • All: “Blues by Five.” Horns should play the melody once, then improvise for one chorus. Piano and Guitar should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play the suggested chords for one chorus. Bass should play the melody once, improvise for one chorus, then play the suggested bass line. Drums should simply play along with the recording for 1-2 minutes. (If you wish, use this background recording and feel free to slow the tempo down to 75%.) 
  • Drums: 10-15 seconds of each of the following grooves: Swing, Rock, Bossa Nova.  

 

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

 

Butler Children's Orchestra (in person)

Register Online

COVID-19 Update: Protocols include masks, students will sit 6 ft apart.

Ages 7-12
Saturdays | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$195 per year (includes fall and spring sessions)

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire. 

Fall 2021 session: September 11 - November 13
Spring 2022 session: Beginning in January 

Placement audition required (see skill level requirements below). Within the registration form you will be asked to submit a link to a video audition. The audition should include a short piece that is representative of the student's current skill level. 

In the Butler Children's Orchestra, children ages 7-12 can further develop their musical skills in a group setting. A placement audition is required, with the minimum skill level equaling Suzuki book 2, 3, or 4. 

Please note that students must participate in their school orchestra program, if one is offered, in addition to the Butler Children's Orchestra. The Butler Children's Orchestra is a strings-only orchestra. 

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 
 
Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Butler Youth Orchestra (in person)

Register Online

COVID-19 Update: Protocols include masks, students will sit 6 ft apart.

Ages 12-18
Saturdays | 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225 per year (includes fall and spring sessions)
Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire. 

Fall 2021 session: September 11 - December 11 
Spring 2022 session: Beginning in January 

Placement audition required (see skill level requirements below). Within the registration form you will be asked to submit a link to a video audition. The audition video should include 1.) a 2 or 3 octave scale AND 2.) a short piece that is representative of the student's current skill level. 

The Butler Youth Orchestra fosters excellence in an enriching musical environment. A placement audition is required, as well as a minimum skill level equaling Suzuki book 3, 4, 5, or 6 and the ability to shift from first to higher positions.

Please note that students must participate in their school orchestra program, if one is offered, in addition to the Butler Youth Orchestra. The Butler Youth Orchestra is a strings-only orchestra. 

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 
 
Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Adult Strings Ensemble (in person)

Adult Strings Ensemble

 Register Online 

COVID-19 Update: Protocols include masks, participants will sit 6 ft apart.

Ages 18+
Fridays 4:30-5:30 (beginning ensemble), 5:45-6:45 (intermediate ensemble)
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$195 per semester (14 weeks)

Summer 2021 session: June 4-Aug. 6

Fall 2021 session: September 10-Dec 17th

Spring 2022 session: Beginnin in January 

 

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire. 

Dust off your instrument or fulfill a lifelong dream and join the Adult Strings Ensemble!  We will learn note reading and basic playing techniques on the violin, viola, cello and bass in a fun, no-pressure environment.

No audition is required.  Beginning Ensemble assumes no prior experience.  Intermediate Ensemble requires one year or more of prior study.  If unsure about your level or ability, or have questions about the curriculum, please contact the ensemble director, Ms. Shannon Crow, scrow@butler.edu.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 

Participants must provide their own instruments; all other materials will be provided.  

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

NEW! Music Production & Sound Design (online)

NEW  Music Production & Sound Design

Register Online 

Ages 12-18

Saturdays

Fall 2021 Session:

  • Beginning Class: Students will participate in 3 virtual group classes on Saturdays 1p-2p. September 18th, October 2nd, October 16th. They will also receive 6, 30-minute virtual private lessons (day/time arranged individually).
  • Intermediate Class: Students will participate in 6 virtual group classes on Saturdays 3p-4p. September 18th, October 2nd, October 16th, October 30th, November 13th, December 4th. They will also receive 6, 30-minute virtual private lessons (day/time arranged individually).

    • Prerequisites: Either participation in the beginning class OR prior experience working in a DAW, experience working in digital music, and basic skills/navigation of how sound production works.

Tuition:

  • Beginning class: $145 per semester (includes materials)

  • Intermediate class: $195 per semester (includes materials)

 

Prerequisites: no prior experience required

Not sure if your student should join the beginning or intermediate class? Email us at BCAS@butler.edu

Meeting Platform: Zoom. students will need a laptop or desktop, and reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.) to participate via Zoom (free application). 

Registration Deadline: January 23, 2021; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.  

 

The purpose of this class is to explore the world of digital music, equipping students with the tools to write and produce anything from film scores to hip-hop, pop tunes to experimental soundscapes and everything in between. Because of the vast possibilities that digital music has to offer, our intention is to provide guidance and mentorship to each of our students in a way that is accessible and practical, giving them a foundation on the basic principles of music production. Reading notes and understanding music theory is not required (although we will familiarize students with the basics).

The intermediate class is for students who want to supercharge their music production pursuits. For students who have already taken the beginning Music Production course, this class is the next step in your musical journey. Already have some prior experience working in a DAW? This class is for you. We will explore the lush world of synthesis, the finer points of making a radio-ready mix, how to build a home studio on a budget, and much more! 

 

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

 

 

 

High-Energy Movement Class (in person)

High-Energy Movement Class

Ages 7-10

Register Online 

Mondays 6p-6:45p 

Fall 2021 session: September 13-November 15 (10 weeks) 

Spring 2022 session: Beginning in January 

Lilly Hall at Butler University

$75 

Registration Deadline: One week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire. 

Join us for this class taught by Butler University dance majors. Students will explore various dance styles through fun, upbeat, and energetic choreography. No prior dance experience necessary. No dress code - wear loose-fitting clothes that are easy to move in! 

 

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session.

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Guitar for Young Bulldogs (In person)

Ages 7-10

Saturdays | 11:00-11:45 a.m.

 REGISTER

Fall 2021 session: September 18th - November 20th 

Spring 2022 session: Beginning in January 

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class meeting; late registrations may be accommodated if space available. 

Tuition: $185 per 10-week session, materials included

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Designed specifically for ages 7-10, Guitar for Young Bulldogs focuses on beginning guitar instruction-no previous music experience is required.

Students must provide their own appropriately-sized guitar. For questions regarding purchasing a guitar or appropriate sizing, please contact the Butler Community Arts School office at BCAS@butler.edu OR (317)-940-5500.

 

Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Students & parents must wear masks at all times. 
  • Students & parents/caregivers will be socially distanced (each student and their adult together) at all times.

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

NEW! Creating Characters for the Theatre (Online)

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.  

Ages 11-14

Saturdays | 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Spring 2021 | January 23rd-February 27th 

Tuition | $125

No prior experience necessary

Meeting Platform: Zoom. students will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet, and reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.) to participate via Zoom (free application). 

Part of the Butler Youth Theatre Program, In this 6 week class we will identify and create characters that are already available to you within your unique creative self. As an ensemble, we will discover innate characters based on your traits and abilities as well as learn how to establish new ones through improvisation, acting, and writing techniques. This class will reveal your strengths and challenge you to new depths as an individual and ensemble. Prerequisites are an open mind and a willingness to explore with The Second City Faculty Member and Butler Theatre Alum Mary Hynes. 

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

 

New! Character Masks for the Theatre (Online)

Ages 12-18

No Prior experience necessary

Spring 2021 | February 6th -February 27th

Saturdays | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00a.m.  (4-week session)

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.  

Tuition | $75 (*note: tuition does not include required materials. Parents/students must purchase and have shipped separately. Required materials will add approx. $20-$40)

 

The “Character Mask Workshop” course is an offering in the Butler Youth Theatre Program. The goal of the Youth Theatre Program is to provide a fun, low-pressure, and creative environment in which students can develop individual artistic voices.

The four-week “Character Masks for the Theatre” course will introduce participants to the forms and functions of performance masks, and guide students in the creation of a wearable character mask. Students will learn different types of masks and their uses, practice creative design through demonstration and practice of sculpting, fitting, & decorating their mask.  

Meeting Platform: Zoom. students will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet to participate via Zoom (free application).

Required materials *note: tuition does not include required materials. Parents/students must purchase separately. Items available at most craft stores and online.

  • Model Magic, a non-toxic lightweight modelling compound by Crayola (about $7- $16 depending on size of mask. Most would be fine with  8 oz, about $7worth. Walmart 2 lb for $16.31
  • Pre-purchased mask base (~ $5)
  • White school glue, 8 oz ($1-2)
  • Paper bags, paper toweling, or newspaper (found at home)
  • Elastic or fabric strips to wear the mask (recycled from home or purchased)
  • Acrylic paints and craft items as chosen by the student designer ($5 or more – depending on student)

Optional Materials: Students will design their own look for the mask: they may want to purchase additional paints, feathers, or decorations.

Class size is limited to 12 students; early registration is encouraged. 

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.  

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Improvisation for the Theatre

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.  

Ages 9-12 & 13-18

Improvisation for the Theatre A: Saturdays (ages 9-12) | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00a.m. EST  

Improvisation for the Theatre B: Saturdays (ages 13-18) | 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EST

Fall 2020 | Sept 26-Oct 31

Tuition | $100 (ages 9-12), $125 (ages 13-18)

No prior experience necessary

Meeting Platform: Zoom. students will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet, and reliable internet (1.5 mbps min.) to participate via Zoom (free application). 

 

Join us for an Improvisation for the Theatre Class in the Butler Youth Theatre Program. The goal of the Youth Theatre Program is to provide a fun, low-pressure, and creative environment in which students can develop individual artistic voices. No prior experience is necessary; there will be opportunities for growth for all levels. Learn to hone your comedy and acting skills using fun improvisation exercises and games.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

 

Intro to Stage Makeup

Ages 12-18

October 10-31, 2020
Saturdays | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00a.m.  (4-week session)

Tuition | $75 (*note: tuition does not include required materials. Parents/students must purchase and have shipped separately. Required materials will add approx. $40)
No prior experience necessary

The “Intro to Stage Makeup” course is an offering in the Butler Youth Theatre Program. The goal of the Youth Theatre Program is to provide a fun, low-pressure, and creative environment in which students can develop individual artistic voices.

The four-week “Intro to Stage Makeup” course will introduce participants to the fundamental tools and techniques used in character makeup for stage. Students will learn color mixing and color theory, corrective stage makeup, old age makeup, and creative design through demonstration and practice. 

Meeting Platform: Zoom. students will need a laptop, desktop, or tablet to participate via Zoom (free application).

Required materials *note: tuition does not include required materials. Parents/students must purchase and have shipped separately. Allow at least one week prior to the first class for shipping.

Optional Materials: *Students will design their own look for the final class session. If they want to do a scary look, they may want to purchase the following

Class size is limited to 12 students; early registration is encouraged. 

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

 

Adult Beginning Piano Class

Ages 18 and up

Thursdays | 1-1:50 p.m. 

Fall session begins: We hope to see you in 2021

Lilly Hall at Butler University

$185 per 10-week session, plus textbook

Class size is limited to 10. Participants must have a keyboard or piano available for home practice.
 
An informal group following an informal approach, this class is geared toward adult beginners with no prior experience in piano. Topics to be covered in class include basic rhythms, music reading, and keyboard patterns.
 
Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Creative Acting Workshop

Ages 9-12 

Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. -11:15 a.m.

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition | $115 

No prior experience necessary

Join us for a Creative Acting Workshop in the Butler Youth Theatre Program. The goal of the Youth Theatre Program is to provide a fun, low-pressure, and creative environment in which students can develop individual artistic voices. No prior experience is necessary; there will be opportunities for growth for all levels. Participants will explore the building blocks of theatre under the direction of Butler Theatre alumni (i.e. acting, rehearsal etiquette, stage movement, etc). The workshop will conclude with an informal presentation from each group.

Students will:

  • Learn the building blocks of acting through theatre games and exercises
  • Learn about creating a character through physical and vocal games and exercises
  • Work on performing a monologue or story
  • Work as an ensemble to develop a scene

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.