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Butler University Bulletin

School of Music


David Murray, MM, Director

Penny Dimmick, DA, Associate Director

Nicholas Johnson, PhD, Associate Director

Matthew Pivec, DMA, Assistant Director

Douglas Spaniol, DMA, Assistant Director


  • Kathleen Boyd, DMA
  • Timothy R. Brimmer, DA
  • Lisa Brooks, DMA
  • Richard Auldon Clark, MM
  • Michael Colburn, MM
  • Penny Dimmick, DA
  • Jeffrey Gillespie, PhD
  • James Mulholland, MM
  • David Murray, MM
  • Michael Schelle, PhD
  • Laurence Shapiro, MM
  • Doug Spaniol, DMA
  • Eric Stark, DMA

Associate Professors

  • Frank Felice, PhD
  • William Grubb, DMA
  • Nicholas Johnson, PhD
  • Mary Katherine Kelton, DMA
  • Gail Lewis, DMA
  • John Perkins, DMA
  • Matthew Pivec, DMA

Assistant Professors

  • Clare Carrasco, PhD
  • Andrew Farina, PhD
  • Nicholas Johnson, PhD
  • Becky Marsh, PhD
  • Brian Weidner, PhD
  • Oliver Worthington, DMA
  • Dana Zenobi, DMA

Senior Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence

  • Jon Crabiel, MA


  • Matthew Smith, DMA
  • Dana Zenobi, DMA


  • Andrew Farina, PhD

School of Music Website


The mission of the Butler University School of Music is to provide the highest quality professional education in music within a liberal arts environment, preparing students for a lifetime of meaningful involvement in the global musical community.

Butler University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music Student Learning Outcomes

By graduation, the Butler University School of Music will prepare our students to demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of music in diverse,  historical, cultural, and social contexts
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in fundamental theoretical aspects of music, appropriate to the area of study
  • Perform technical and artistic skills appropriate to the area of applied study, including solo and collaborative music making
  • Gather, evaluate, and communicate musical information and ideas verbally and in writing
  • Teach from their disciplines in a variety of settings

Music Preparation

The entrance requirements in all fields of music are similar to those adopted by the National Association of Schools of Music. An audition is required for majors. No audition is required for the music minor; an audition is required for the jazz studies minor. Applicants are admitted to the program on the basis of academic acceptance by the University and an audition.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education—choral/general and instrumental/general (four-year program) (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education—area (five-year program) (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (instrumental, piano, and voice major) (BM)
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music Education (five-year program) (BM)
  • Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration—Music (BS)
  • Minor in Jazz Studies
  • Minor in Music

Areas of Emphasis

The following emphases may be added to any music degree, although they are designed primarily for the BA degree. At least 50 percent of the credits in any emphasis must be unique to that program and may not overlap with another emphasis, major, or minor (except as free electives).

  • Composition
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music History
  • Music Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Piano Pedagogy