Group Classes

At the Butler Community Arts School, we offer our students the opportunity to learn individually and also as part of a group. Class descriptions are below. Group classes take place on the beautiful campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please direct any questions to the BCAS office at BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500.

Group class information is subject to change.

Ages 12–112

Beginning Music Theory

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Sundays | 3:00–4:00 PM
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225

Fall 2022 session: September 25-December 11

Spring 2023 session: January 22-April 30

A study of the fundamentals of the language and notation of music including music reading, listening, and writing designed to give students a robust and practical understanding of music theory to incorporate with their private lessons, ensembles, and any additional musical studies. Students must have at least two years of prior instrument study and/or reading music.

Meet the instructor, Nick Sokol!

Nicholas Sokol is a composer, conductor, and pianist based in Indianapolis, IN specializing in solo, chamber, orchestral, choral and electronic music. Nicholas’ music can be characterized by an improvisatory and dynamic sense of gesture combined with arresting and colorful harmony presented in an organic and seamless form. Nicholas’ music has been performed throughout the United States and at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall. His music has been performed by members of the Civic Orchestra, members of the New World Symphony, the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, and the Atlantic Music Festival New Music Ensemble, as well as the Indianapolis based ensemble, Forward Motion. His music has been featured at multiple festivals including: Atlantic Music Festival, Music in Bloom Festival,  Earth Day Art Model, HighSCORE Festival and Impulse New Music Festival. Nicholas has attended Butler University (B.M.A.) for his undergraduate studying piano, music composition, and conducting. While at Butler University, he studied music composition with Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and James Aikman. He is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.) studying music composition with Keith Fitch. Nicholas Sokol joined IUPUI’s Music and Arts Technology faculty as an adjunct professor in the Fall of 2019.

Need-based tuition assistance is available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 7-10

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Wednesdays | 5:30–6:30 PM
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225 per semester

Fall 2022 sessions: September 26–December 7

Spring 2023 sessions: TBD

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class; late registrations will be accommodated if available space

Dancing Bulldogs is for beginner dancers who want to learn multiple styles of dance. We will be focusing on the basics of movement in jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. We will learn different dances for each style and work on them throughout the semester. This class is for students who have a passion for dance or are interested in starting dance. Dancers should wear clothing and shoes that they are comfortable dancing in. Athletic clothing/shoes recommended.

Meet the instructor, Megan Carr!

Megan started dancing at the age of two in various styles. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, and contemporary at Turning Pointe Academy of Dance in Indianapolis, IN. While she was at Turning Pointe, she was a part of their competition team and helped bring home many national championships and specialty awards. While in high school, she was a member of her school’s varsity cheerleading and competition team. Megan was also dance captain of her school’s varsity show choirs. Her love for dance continues at college where she is a 4 year member of the Butler University Dance Team. Over the past few years, Megan has taught dance in jazz, pom, hip-hop, and lyrical. Megan is excited to share her love and passion for dance with her students.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 9-12

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Fridays | 4:30–5:30 PM
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225 per semester

Fall 2022 sessions: September 30–December 9

Spring 2023 sessions: TBD

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class; late registrations will be accommodated if available space

Welcome to Ballet for Young Bulldogs! This class is designed for ages 9-12 who are interested in learning beginner to intermediate ballet technique. Students will begin their exploration of artistry through refined movement. No prior experience is required. Students can wear athletic clothing and shoes or clothes they are comfortable in. Ballet tights and shoes preferred.

Meet the instructor, Grace Clements!

Grace Clements is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia. There, she began her dance training at Virginia Beach Ballet Academy with Ana Maria Martinez. Grace attended two summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, and one summer session with Houston Ballet. Currently, she is earning her B.S. in Dance Arts Administration at Butler University with an academic merit scholarship as well as the Jordan College of the Arts Dean’s Scholarship for Dance. Grace is expected to graduate in the spring of 2023. At Butler, Grace has performed soloist and demi-soloist roles in The Nutcracker and Le Jardin from Le Corsaire. Ms. Clements is an intern at Butler Community Arts School and works in social media management and administrative tasks.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 5–6

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Saturdays | 9:30–10:30 AM OR 11:00 AM–Noon
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225 per semester

No summer session

Fall 2022 sessions: September 10–December 10
Spring 2023 sessions: January 21–April 29

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class; late registrations will be accommodated if available space

Designed specifically for ages 5-6, Piano for Little Bulldogs focuses on beginning piano instruction-no previous music experience is required. Children will take a musical adventure with Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear.

Please note that a parent or caregiver must attend class with the child; a keyboard or piano must be available for practice at home.

Meet the instructor, Brenna Green!

Brenna Green is a pianist and music teacher, native to Indianapolis. She obtained a Bachelors in Piano Performance at Anderson University in 2020 and recently graduated with a Masters in Piano Pedagogy at Butler University in 2022. As a teacher, she has a passion to foster a deep and multi-faceted appreciation of music in her students. She teaches private piano lessons at Butler Community Arts School as well as at Eppert Piano Studio in Fishers, Indiana. When she isn’t teaching or performing, she enjoys discovering new coffee shops, hiking and exploring nature, and running a rescue center on her windowsill for cast-off houseplants.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 5-7

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Saturdays | 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Fall 2022 sessions: September 10–December 10

Spring 2023 sessions: January 21–April 29

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class meeting; late registrations may be accommodated if space available.

Tuition: $275 per semester, ukulele included

Lilly Hall at Butler University

Designed specifically for ages 5-7, Ukulele for Little Bulldogs focuses on beginning ukulele instruction and introduction to music—no previous music experience is required.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 8–11

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Saturdays | 11:00–11:45 AM

Fall 2022 sessions: September 10–December 10

Spring 2023 sessions: January 21–April 29

Registration deadline: One week prior to the first class meeting; late registrations may be accommodated if space available.

Tuition: $225 per semester

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Designed specifically for ages 8–11, Guitar for Young Bulldogs focuses on beginning guitar instruction-no previous music experience is required.

Students must provide their own appropriately-sized guitar. For questions regarding purchasing a guitar or appropriate sizing, please contact the Butler Community Arts School office at BCAS@butler.edu OR (317)-940-5500.

Need-based tuition assistance available. You may apply on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 7–12

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Saturdays | 9:30–10:30 AM
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225 per year (includes fall and spring sessions)

Meet the instructor, Shannon Crow!

Shannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.

Fall 2022 session: September 10–December 10
Spring 2023 session: January 21–April 29

Placement audition required (see skill level requirements below). Within the registration form you will be asked to submit a link to a video audition. The placement audition should include a short piece that is representative of the student’s current skill level.

In the Butler Children’s Orchestra, children ages 7–12 can further develop their musical skills in a group setting. A placement audition is required, with the minimum skill level equaling Suzuki book 2, 3, or 4.

Please note that students must participate in their school orchestra program, if one is offered, in addition to the Butler Children’s Orchestra. The Butler Children’s Orchestra is a strings-only orchestra.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session.

Need-based tuition assistance is available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 12–18

BYJP COMBOS

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Sundays | 1:00–3:00 PM

Lilly Hall at Butler University

$150

Registration Deadline: October 2, 2022

Fall 2022 session: October 16–November 6

Spring 2023 session: Dates TBD

Join the Butler Youth Jazz Program for BYJP Combos! Students will be split into combos and work with local jazz professionals to hone their jazz skills. One prior year of experience on your instrument is required. A placement audition is required with your registration. There will be a final performance at the Jazz Kitchen on November 6 at noon.

Placement audition requirements: 

  • Prepared jazz piece of student’s choice
  • 4 Scales of your choice (major, chromatic, mixolydian, etc.) – except drummers
  • Improvisation on a 12-bar Bb blues
  • Drummers, demonstrate 16-bars of 3 styles (medium swing, latin/bossa, rock/funk)
  • Guitar and piano, prepared piece should demonstrate comping
  • Bass, prepared piece should demonstrate bass lines (your piece should include this)

Meet the instructor, Kent Hickey 

Kent Hickey is an in-demand trumpet player and educator based in Indianapolis, IN. He received his undergraduate degree in jazz studies from Butler University and his master’s degree at the esteemed Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of John Raymond. Locally, Kent has played alongside some of the scene’s best including Sean Imboden, Rob Dixon, Nick Tucker, Joel Tucker, and Kenny Phelps among others. The trumpeter currently leads two of his own projects, the Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective and the Kent Hickey Trio. Previously, Kent worked as a trumpeter aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships in the Summers of 2018 and 2019.

The Hickey-Shanafelt 9ollective is an Indianapolis-based jazz nonet that highlights composers and arrangers within the ensemble and shares a goal of sharing this music with the community. The 9ollective plans to release their debut album, “illuminate” independently later this year. The Kent Hickey Trio performs Kent’s original compositions and lesser-known jazz standards. The group draws inspiration from groups led by Avishai Cohen, Mike Rodriguez, John Swana, and Tim Hagans. Kent’s groups have performed at several venues in the past year including McGowan Hall, Merriman’s Playhouse, Chilly Water Brewing Co., Blockhouse Bar, the Chatterbox, and the world-famous Jazz Kitchen.

In addition to performing, Kent is also a passionate educator who strives to share his love of music with the next generation. He maintains a private studio of about 30 trumpet students at various schools in the Indianapolis area and is also the outreach liaison for the Butler Youth Jazz Program, a branch of the Butler Community Arts School. Recently, Kent was also appointed Adjunct Professor of Jazz Trumpet at both Butler University and the University of Indianapolis.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session. 

Need-based tuition assistance is available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or 317-940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 12–18

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Saturdays | 10:45 AM–Noon
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$300 per year (includes fall and spring sessions)
Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.

Fall 2022 session: September 10–December 10
Spring 2023 session: January 21–April 29

Placement audition required (see skill level requirements below). Within the registration form you will be asked to submit a link to a video audition. The audition video should include 1.) a 2 or 3 octave scale AND 2.) a short piece that is representative of the student’s current skill level.

The Butler Youth Orchestra fosters excellence in an enriching musical environment. A placement audition is required, as well as a minimum skill level equaling Suzuki book 3, 4, 5, or 6 and the ability to shift from first to higher positions.

Please note that students must participate in their school orchestra program, if one is offered, in addition to the Butler Youth Orchestra. The Butler Youth Orchestra is a strings-only orchestra. 

Meet the instructor, Shannon Crow!

Shannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session.
 
Need-based tuition assistance is available. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 12-18

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Saturdays 12:30–2:00 PM
Lilly Hall at Butler University

$150 per semester

Fall 2022 session: September 10–December 10

Spring 2023 session: January 21–April 29

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications

Join us for the inaugural Butler Chamber Players!  We invite 12–18 year old pianists and string players to join us for a year of making music in small chamber ensembles (trios, quartets, etc.).  Through this unique opportunity, students will strengthen their leadership, communication and musical skills. Enjoy coaching from accomplished professional musicians and Butler University students each week while working on exciting new repertoire!

At least 2 years on your instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass, or piano) is required. A placement audition must be submitted with registration. Strings players should submit 1-2 minutes of an etude and solo, plus a 2-3 octave scale with shifting. Pianists should submit 1-2 minutes of an etude and solo, plus a 2-3 octave scale.

Meet the instructor, Shannon Crow!

Shannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session.

Need-based tuition assistance is available. You may apply in the registration form or complete the separate Tuition Assistance Form.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Ages 18+

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Fridays 4:30-5:30 PM (beginning ensemble), 5:45-6:45 PM (intermediate ensemble)
Lilly Hall at Butler University
$225 per semester

Fall 2022 session: September 9–December 9

Spring 2023 session: January 20–April 28

Registration Deadline: one week prior to the start of class; late applications accepted if available space. Please inquire.

Dust off your instrument or fulfill a lifelong dream and join the Adult Strings Ensemble!  We will learn note reading and basic playing techniques on the violin, viola, cello and bass in a fun, no-pressure environment.

Meet the instructor, Shannon Crow!

Shannon M. Crow is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ms. Crow has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 20 years, and has extensive experience teaching students from 4 years to 80 years of age. Currently she conducts Orchestra B and the Parent Orchestra of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, as well as teaches private lessons.  At the Butler Community Arts School, Shannon founded and directs the Adult Strings Ensembles, the Butler Children’s Orchestra, Butler Youth Orchestra and Butler Strings Camp, as well as teaches private violin and viola lessons. When not teaching private lessons, Ms. Crow has partnered with the VA in research and in supporting our veterans through music; and is an avid performer in local orchestras and for private events.

No audition is required.  Beginning Ensemble assumes no prior experience.  Intermediate Ensemble requires one year or more of prior study.  If unsure about your level or ability, or have questions about the curriculum, please contact the ensemble director, Ms. Shannon Crow, scrow@butler.edu.

Tuition is due at least one week prior to the first session.

Participants must provide their own instruments; all other materials will be provided.

Contact BCAS@butler.edu or (317) 940-5500 with any questions.

Fall 2022 Information will be available soon.