Promoting broad access to high-quality arts instruction.
Offering private music lessons, group classes, summer camps, and more, the Butler Community Arts School is designed to meet community needs through high-quality arts instruction, all while developing civic-mindedness in University students.
What is the Butler Community Arts School?
The Butler Community Arts School (BCAS), an initiative of the Jordan College of the Arts, opened its doors to the community in September 2002. Since then, the BCAS has offered performing arts instruction to anyone ages 5 and up, including adults.
Taught by Butler University students known as teaching fellows, the BCAS believes in the importance of providing high quality, affordable instruction to music, dance, theatre, and visual art to Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
Whether you or your child is a budding artist or has previous arts experiences, you will find a program that meets your needs at the BCAS.
Pick Your Passion
Private Music Lessons
Private music lessons are offered for piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, guitar, percussion, music theory, and composition. We accept students of all levels of playing ability, including total beginners. Private lessons are based on two 14-week semesters in the fall and spring with an optional summer session. Enrollment is ongoing and scheduling is flexible. Need-based scholarships are available.
Learn With Others
Group Classes and Programs
The BCAS offers a variety of group classes including piano, orchestra, improvisation for theatre, creative acting, high-energy movement, and much more. Individuals taking private lessons may also participate in our group classes.
Summer is the perfect time for students to take advantage of the many opportunities at the BCAS. Most of the camps serve ages 7-11 and 12-18 and are offered with both commuter and residential options. Camps include ballet, guitar, jazz, percussion, piano, theatre, and more.