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School of Music Requirements

Requirements for the Undergraduate Degree Programs

For all areas of study in music, summaries of requirements and suggested sequences of courses are available online at For degree requirements regarding the BS in Arts Administration—Music, see

View the School of Music Course Catalog

Graduation Requirements Common to All Undergraduate Music Degree Curricula

  • The last two semesters of applied study must be earned in residence at the University.
  • In most areas, students are given a choice of applied instructor, dependent upon teacher availability and approval of the Director of the School of Music.
  • Each student who makes use of a University-owned band or orchestral instrument is responsible for any damage or loss. There is also a fine for unauthorized use of University-owned instruments.
  • An applied upper-divisional examination is required of all music majors whose degrees require applied major study beyond the sophomore level. Students must audition for upper-level applied study during jury examinations following the fourth semester of lower-level applied study. Failure to pass the upper-divisional exam will require repetition of lower-level applied study until such time as the exam is passed; applied credits taken during this period will count as electives but will not fulfill the required applied credits. A student who does not pass the upper-divisional exam may reapply by the end of the next semester of applied study. If a student does not pass on the second attempt, the student may not complete a music degree that requires the applied upper-divisional exam. A student must have obtained upper-level status in applied music in order to present a degree-required recital. Details of the contents of this exam are available online.
  • Students in a degree program that does not require an upper-divisional examination may continue to take lessons at the major level (200 level) without passing an upper-divisional examination, with the approval of the applied instructor. If a Butler student, regardless of major, is taking applied lessons, he or she must register for the lessons for credit and pay the appropriate applied music fee. Students may not pay a music faculty member directly for private instruction.
  • Music education students are required to pass an upper-divisional examination in music education at the end of the sophomore year. Specific requirements are available online.
  • Music composition students are required to pass an upper-divisional examination in composition. This is normally done at the completion of the fourth semester of composition study. Specific requirements are available online. Students must pass a recital hearing before presenting an instrumental or vocal degree-required recital. Details are available online.

Requirements for the Music Minor

A minor in music is available to students who are not enrolled in a music major. It consists of 24 semester hours, of which 14–16 are specified. The remaining hours are unspecified and may be taken in applied music, ensemble, music education, music history, diction, or music theory. No audition is required.

Requirements for the Jazz Studies Minor

A minor in jazz studies is available to students who are not enrolled in a music major. It consists of 26 semester hours. An audition is required.

Requirements for the Graduate Degree Programs

Requirements for the master of music degree programs are available online at

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.