Mission Statement & Student Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

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 community. We are committed to studying, teaching, and creating music in ways that sustain and empower individuals and communities. We thus aspire to engage students, faculty, and staff in an inclusive learning environment that challenges oppression, embraces multiple perspectives, and advocates for social justice.

Student Learning Outcomes

By graduation, the Butler University School of Music will prepare our students to be able to:

  • 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 using 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.


The School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).