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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.

Piano for Little Bulldogs

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Ages 5-6
Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$185 per 10-week session

No summer session
Fall 2018 session: begins September 15 (10-weeks)
Spring 2019 session: begins January 26 (10-weeks)

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.

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 Children's Orchestra

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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)

Fall 2018 session: September 8 - mid-December
Spring 2019 session: January 19 - early-May

Interview/audition required (see skill level requirements below)

In the Butler Children's Orchestra, children ages 7-12 can further develop their musical skills in a group setting. A placement audition/interview 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. 
 
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

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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)

Fall 2018 session: September 8 - mid-December
Spring 2018 session: January 19 - early-May

Interview/audition required (see skill level requirements below)

The Butler Youth Orchestra fosters excellence in an enriching musical environment. A placement audition/interview 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. 
 

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

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Ages 12-18
Sundays (rehearsals) | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$185 per 8-week session

Registration must be received at least 1 week prior to audition date for priority consideration.

2018-2019 Audition Dates:
For fall session: Sunday, September 16, 1-4pm
For spring session: Sunday, January 13, 1-4pm

For the spring term, we will be auditioning for membership in two jazz ensembles.  The senior ensemble will consist of students ages 16-18.  The junior ensemble will consist of students ages 13-15 (in rare cases, 15 year-olds may be placed in the senior ensemble). Each ensemble will consist of standard instrumentation of five saxophones (2 alto, 2 tenor, bari), four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums, and guitar.  Two players per rhythm section chair may be accepted.  One vocalist per band may be accepted. 

2018-2019 First Rehearsals:
For fall session: Sunday, September 23, 1-3pm
For spring session: Sunday, January 20, 1-3pm

Performances: 

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 - The Jazz Kitchen 

A demanding and fun performance-based experience, the Butler Youth Jazz Program gives students an opportunity to develop new music and leadership skills. There are jazz combos in the fall semester and jazz ensembles in the spring semester - with each performing a concert at the Jazz Kitchen. Saxophonist and Director of Jazz Studies at Butler University, Matt Pivec, coordinates this program.

An audition is required for participation in this program. Audition requirements are as follows:

  • A piece of your choice (preferably a jazz-style piece) 
  • Scales (except for drummers).  Students will be asked appropriate scales for their level.  Minimum requirements listed below:
    • Concert Bb major scale
    • Concert Eb major scale
    • Concert F major scale
    • Concert Bb blues scale
  • Improvisation on Bb blues progression (optional, but encouraged)
  • Sight reading
  • Bassists may be asked to demonstrate a bass line
  • Guitarists and pianists may be asked to demonstrate comping
  • Drummers will be asked to demonstrate several different types of grooves

Auditions will take place in room 246 of Lilly Hall on the Butler University campus. Applications must be received at least one week prior to audition date to receive priority consideration. Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an email confirmation of your application. Approximately one week prior to the specified audition date, you will receive en email with your specific audition time slot. Auditions without receipt of the application, or late applications, will be accepted on the basis of available space.

Please note: It is expected that students will participate in their school's Jazz ensemble or Jazz band, if offered, in addition to the Butler Youth Jazz Program.
 
Please note tuition is due at the first rehearsal. Pay online or submit check payments made payable to Butler University.

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.

 

 

 

Creative Acting Workshop

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Ages 9-12 

Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 

Lilly Hall at Butler University

$115 per 6-week session

Spring 2019 begins: Jauary 26

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.

Intro to Stage Makeup

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*This course is not being offered during the 2018-19 academic year*

Ages 12-18
Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30a.m.  (4-week sessions)
$125 tuition and materials ($75 tuition + $50 materials fee**)
Lilly Hall, Butler University

No prior experience necessary

The “Intro to Stage Makeup” course is a new 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 to do straight, old age, character, and special effects through demonstration and practice. **The $50 materials fee includes a personal makeup kit which the student will be able to use during each class as well as take home at the end of the session. The personal makeup kit will include the following materials matching the student’s skin tone:

  • Creme Foundation
  • Creme Contour Palette (Highlight, Rouge, Shadow, and Lip Color)
  • Face Powder
  • Eye Pencil
  • Flat Brush
  • Powder Puff
  • Sponge Applicator (1)
  • Stipple Sponge

Other necessary materials and tools will be provided as needed. 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

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Ages 18 and up

Thursdays | 1-1:50 p.m. 

Fall session begins: September 13th 

Lilly Hall at Butler University

$185 per 10-week session, plus textbook

Fall session: begins September 13th, 2018

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.

Guitar for Young Bulldogs

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Ages 7-9

Saturdays | 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Fall 2018 session: September 15 - November 17 (10 weeks)
Spring 2019 session: January 19 - March 30 (10 weeks)

Lilly Hall at Butler University

$185 per 10-week session, materials included

Designed specifically for ages 7-9, 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.

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 Composition Program

Introduction to Composition Workshop

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Ages 12-18

Saturdays | 1:00-2:00 p.m. (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Fall 2018 Group Class dates: September 15, October 6, November 10; final reading session/informal performance - December 8
Spring 2019 Group Class dates: January 19, February 9, March 9; final reading session/informal performance - April 13

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Tuition: $145 per semester (includes materials)

Prerequisites: 1 year prior study on instrument/voice and currently involved in music program or lessons

Please register by January 14. Late registrations may be accepted on the basis of available space. Please inquire at BCAS@butler.edu.

Introduction to Composition Workshop is a three-session group workshop for students, ages 12-18. In addition, participants will receive six private lessons with a composition instructor. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, make-up and snow days will be available as needed. Prior experience in composition is not required; all levels are welcome. However, participants should have at least one year of prior study on their instrument/voice and currently be involved in a music program or lessons. The workshop will conclude with a final performance of student compositions. In addition, participants will receive a computer notation version of their piece, as prepared by Butler composition students.

 

Each workshop session will include the following components:

  • A short presentation on a topic, with time for questions and discussion. Sample topics might include construction of melody, use of motives, phrase shaping, accompaniment ideas, rhythmic variation. Topics are meant to inspire composition and fuel discussion.
  • Private lessons with a Butler composition student, with an assignment given for the following session.
  • An online, open forum for participants to discuss their discoveries and in-progress pieces as well as access additional session materials.

 

BYCP Objectives:

To spread awareness about composition as an attainable skill for all musicians.

To offer mentorship for students seriously considering composition degrees.

To grow the student music experience in Indianapolis by offering lessons and discussion about composition, which is rarely approached in the high school music curriculum.

To present a concert of student pieces from the presentations and workshops.

 

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.