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 The BCAS office manages all preliminary scheduling, we do not publish teacher contact information or schedules online.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.
COVID-19 Update: Lessons may be either in person or online. This will be based on individual student and teacher preference. You are able to select your preference within the registration form. Due to the ever-evolving nature of these times, all information is subject to change. Email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions or concerns.
COVID-19 Update: Lessons may be either in person or online. This will be based on individual student and teacher preference. You are able to select your preference within the registration form. Due to the ever-evolving nature of these times, all information is subject to change. In person lessons cannot be guaranteed for all instruments, as they are dependent on a number of health & safety factors. For the Spring & Summer 2021 sessions, the following instruments will be online only: flute, voice. Certain instruments may have additional protocols. Email BCAS@butler.edu with any questions or concerns.
Fall Term (14 lessons)
Aug. 24 - Nov. 24, 2020
Fall registrations will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2020
Tuition | At least one-half due prior to the first lesson. Tuition due in full by November 1
- In person and online lessons available
- Fall dates align with the new university fall schedule, which has no breaks for Labor Day or fall break. Individual teachers may work out a modified schedule with you that recognizes Labor Day/fall break. Butler students will go home after Nov. 24 and remain there until January. Therefore, some teachers will need to switch to online lessons for any make-up lessons that happen after Nov. 24.
- Recitals: TBD
Spring Term (14 lessons)
Jan. 25 - May 2, 2021
Spring registrations will be accepted through March 15, 2021
Tuition | At least one-half due prior to the first lesson. Tuition due in full by April 1
- Recitals: May 1-2, 2021
Spring dates align with the new university spring schedule, which has no spring break. Individual teachers may work out a modified schedule with you that recognizes spring break.
Summer Term (any number of lessons)
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Summer registrations will be accepted through July 1, 2021
Tuition | At least one-half due prior to the first lesson. Tuition due in full by July 1
Lessons arranged upon request
For the Summer 2021 session, the following instruments will be online only: flute, voice. Certain instruments may have additional protocols.
Continuing students: May 3-Aug. 15
New students: June 1-Aug. 15
*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.
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)
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 only prorated for new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 940-5500.
How do online private lessons work?
- You will be matched with a Teaching Fellow based on the information provided in your registration form (preferred schedule, experience level, special requests, etc.).
- Teaching Fellows give lessons using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and other video conferencing platforms. They will work with you to find a platform you are most comfortable with.
- Teaching Fellows instruct students on how to best position the camera and guide the students using verbal and visual cues.
- Lessons take place on the same day and time every week. Alternate scheduling can be coordinated with your Teaching Fellow.
What do you need to participate in online lessons?
- A laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone
- Reliable internet
- Your instrument
What are the advantages of online lessons?
- No commuting to and from campus; learn from the comfort of your home
- Record your lessons to review later
- Students develop independent learning skills (eg. student is responsible for making notations in the music and keeping track of assignments)
- More flexibility with lesson rescheduling
- Gain better communication and learning skills as you listen to your instructor instead of receiving physical corrections
- Your pet can join you for lessons!
“We are loving our online lessons. Thank you for providing this option.” - parent
“I’m 65 yrs old and my teacher is not only helping me learn to be a better pianist, he is helping to bring me into the updated world of technology. This process does work very good. Yes, ok, I can’t ‘see’ how he is using the pedals for example. But now, I have to ‘listen’ for it, which is actually better.” – adult student