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Butler Community Arts School
Butler Community Arts School

Private Music Lessons

Our trained instructors, Butler students known as "Teaching Fellows",  are passionate artists engaged in creating learning experiences that accomplish their student goals. Private lessons take place in Lilly Hall on Butler University's campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. Scheduling is flexible. Lesson times are arranged to accommodate both the teacher and student. The BCAS office manages all preliminary scheduling, we do not publish teacher contact information or schedules online. 

Register using the online registration form available in the "Registration Forms and Calendar" section below.

Lessons are available in the following areas:

  • Piano (minimum age 5)

  • Strings (minimum age 5)

  • Percussion (minimum age 7)

  • Guitar (minimum age 7)

  • Brass (minimum age 9)

  • Woodwinds (minimum age 9)

  • Composition (minimum age 9)

  • Music Theory (minimum age 9)

  • Harp (minimum age 10)

  • Voice (minimum age 12)

Lessons calendar, tuition, and registration forms are below.

New to BCAS: Piano lessons for students on the autism spectrum (ages 5 to adult) taught by Marge Lucas, a Butler alum who specializes in teaching piano to students on the autism spectrum. Read more about the instructor and the program.

Registration Forms and Calendar

Fall Term (14 lessons)

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Aug. 27 - Dec. 10, 2018
Fall registrations will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2018

Tuition due in full by Nov. 1 
No lessons on Labor Day, Sept. 3
No lessons week of Nov. 19 (BU Thanksgiving Break)
Recitals: Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, 2018

Spring Term (14 lessons)

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Jan. 14 - April 29, 2019
Spring registrations will be accepted through April 1, 2019

Tuition due in full by April 1 
No lessons week of Mar. 11 (BU Spring Break)
Recitals: Saturday/Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2019

Summer Term (any number of lessons)

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Anytime between June 1 - Aug. 15, 2019
Summer registrations will be accepted through July 1, 2019

Tuition due in full July 1 
Lessons arranged upon request
Recital: TBA

*During the summer session, you may enroll for any number of lessons and, depending on the instructor, scheduling is flexible in terms of the day and time of your lesson.


The cost of private lessons for a typical 14-week semester, consisting of weekly 30-minute lessons, is $336. Longer lessons also are available. Tuition is prorated for students beginning lessons after the start of the semester. Pricing Information is available on the registration form (Summer Lessons Registration; Fall/Spring Lessons Registration).

Tuition is due in full by the following deadlines: Fall - November 1, Spring - April 1, Summer - July 1

Need-based scholarships are available. You may apply for scholarship on the private lessons registration form or complete a separate Scholarship Application Form. If you would like more information on need-based scholarships, please contact the Butler Community Arts School at or (317) 940-5500.