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Butler Community Arts School
Butler Community Arts School

Private Music Lessons

COVID-19 Update: All Summer 2020 on-campus private lessons have been moved to online learning. See below for information regarding online lessons. Contact us with any questions at

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 The BCAS office manages all preliminary scheduling, we do not publish teacher contact information or schedules online.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)

Registration Forms and Calendar

Fall Term (14 lessons)

Register Online Now   Fall 2020 form will be live mid-July. Lessons will take place in person or online, based on student/teacher preference. More information coming soon!

Sept. 3 - Dec. 16, 2019
Fall registrations will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2019

Tuition | At least one-half due prior to the first lesson. Tuition due in full by November 1 
No lessons on Labor Day, Sept. 2
No lessons week of Nov. 25 (BU Thanksgiving Break)
Recitals: Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, 2019

Spring Term (14 lessons)

Register Online Now   Spring 2021 form will be live mid-July. Lessons will take place in person or online, based on student/teacher preference. More information coming soon!

Jan. 13 - April 27, 2020
Spring registrations will be accepted through April 1, 2020

Tuition | At least one-half due prior to the first lesson. Tuition due in full by April 1 
No lessons week of Mar. 9 (BU Spring Break)
Recitals: Saturday/Sunday, May 2 and 3, 2020

Summer Term (any number of lessons)

Register Online Now  

COVID-19 Update: Due to the current situation, summer private lessons will be online only. The situation is continuing to evolve and we will make updates as needed. See below for information regarding virtual lessons. Please reach out to us with any questions  

Anytime between June 1 - Aug. 15, 2020
Summer registrations will be accepted through July 1, 2020

Tuition | At least one-half due prior to the first lesson. Tuition due in full by July 1 

Lessons arranged upon request

Continuing students: May 4-Aug. 15

New students: June 1-Aug. 15

Recital: TBD

*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 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 or (317) 940-5500. 

How Do Summer Online Lessons Work?

Due to COVID-19, private lessons have moved online for the summer. While the experience of a teacher and student interacting in person can never be supplanted, we are finding great value in virtual lessons during these unprecedented times.                                 

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