Why choose Butler for your Master’s degree?
We offer more. With a variety of degree options, including the opportunity for a dual Master’s degree, and competitive tuition rates, you are sure to find a home at the Butler University School of Music. Our graduate students perform in some of the best concert halls in the city located right on campus, study with world-renowned faculty, gain professional teaching experience through the Butler Community Arts School, and enjoy the endless musical and cultural activities Indianapolis has to offer.
Graduates of our program go on to prestigious employers and doctoral programs across the country with recent placements in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University- Bloomington, the Los Angeles Opera, Princeton University, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Rice University, Eastman School of Music, and more.
Select your degree program of choice for more information.
Master of Music (MM)
Master of Arts (MA)
We offer a limited number of graduate assistantships, fellowships, and tuition waivers to students applying for Fall entry and to returning students. Graduate awards are reviewed and renewed annually. NOTE: New students applying for entry in the spring semester will not be eligible for a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or tuition waiver, but may apply for the following academic year.
Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships
A graduate assistantship covers the cost of tuition for 15 credit hours per academic year plus an additional stipend paid over nine months. Any fees outside of tuition, such as Applied Music Instruction fees and housing, are not covered by the assistantship. Assistantships are renewable annually. All graduate assistants work with a faculty or staff supervisor to determine specific duties and schedule.
Click here to view descriptions of each Graduate Assistantship position. Positions include:
- Butler Symphony Orchestra
- Bassoon Performance/Bassoon Reed Company
- Collaborative Piano
- Computer Lab
- Concert Bands
- Music Theory Tutor
- Piano Pedagogy
- Recruitment and Outreach
- Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Fellowship
- Indianapolis Youth Orchestra Fellowship (formerly New World Youth Symphony Orchestra)
Tuition waivers cover part or all of tuition for one academic year. Any fees outside of tuition, such as Applied Music Instruction fees and housing, are not covered by a tuition waiver. Click here to view full descriptions of Tuition Waivers. Awards typically include:
Applying for an Assistantship or Tuition Waiver
Prospective Students may apply for a graduate assistantship or tuition waiver on the the JCA Graduate Music Supplement portion of the Butler Graduate Application OR by completing the following Graduate Assistantship/Tuition Waiver Application. Application deadline is January 1. Only students applying for Fall term entry are eligible for an award.
Current or Returning Students may apply for an award or position by completing the Graduate Assistantship/Tuition Waiver Application. Application deadline is January 1. Students seeking to renew a current assistantship or tuition waiver should express their interest to their direct faculty supervisor or the Director of Graduate Studies.
NOTE: Many assistantships and tuition waivers require an interview or audition. Students will be contacted via email by the School of Music office to schedule any required interviews or auditions. If you have questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR 317-940-9065.
Additional Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid awards Federal Direct Loans to degree-seeking graduate students enrolled at least half-time (three credit hours). There is no gift assistance for graduate students awarded through the Office of Financial Aid. Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Graduate Students and Private Loans are available to those needing additional assistance.
Graduate students who are studying abroad for credit with their program may be eligible to use loans for associated costs. Learn more about Graduate Financial Aid here.
Cost of Attendance
For the most up-to-date graduate tuition and fees, please visit butler.edu/tuition (NOTE: be sure to scroll down to the “Graduate Tuition” header and find the Jordan College of the Arts line in the fee chart). In addition to tuition, graduate music students are also responsible for an Individual Music Instruction fee listed under the “Miscellaneous Fees” header; most of the other fees in this section are only applicable to undergraduate students. Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com or toll free (877) 940-8200.
- Complete the Butler Application, including the JCA Music Graduate Supplement.
- Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommenders should comment on the applicant’s musical and academic abilities. Letters may be submitted via the Application for Graduate Admission (preferred) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Submit any required pre-screening materials. See requirements below.
- Schedule an interview and/or audition. You may request an audition date on the Application for Graduate Admission/JCA Music Grad Supplement. Applicants invited to audition/interview will be contacted via email for scheduling by the School of Music office. If you have completed the above steps and have not yet heard from the School of Music office, please email email@example.com or call 317-940-9065. Audition requirements are listed below.
International applicants must additionally submit the following:
- TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English proficiency
- A clear copy of your passport
- Evidence of financial support
Application Deadline for Fall Admission: January 1*
*If you are interested in applying for the spring term, please contact the School of Music office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-940-9065.
Pre-Screening and Audition Requirements By Degree:
|Composition||Three original scores and recordings of representative compositions. Submit scores as PDF files and recordings as links to online sources (i.e. YouTube, DropBox, SoundCloud, etc.) to email@example.com with subject line “[FULL NAME]-Comp Pre-Screen”.||Applicants who pass the pre-screening will be invited to interview with the Composition faculty. On-campus interviews are preferred. Please bring paper copies of at least three scores to the interview.|
|Choral Conducting||Video in front view of applicant conducting a rehearsal or performance. Submit video recording as a link to an online source (i.e. YouTube, DropBox, GoogleDrive, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “[FULL NAME]-Choral Conducting Pre-Screen”.||Applicants who pass the pre-screening will be invited to interview and audition with the choral faculty. The audition will consist of conducting part of a Butler choral ensemble rehearsal, a solo performance on either voice or piano, and an aural skills exam.|
|Instrumental Conducting||Video in front view of applicant conducting a recent performance AND a rehearsal including at least two selections of contrasting style and/or period. Ideally, rehearsal and performance will contain the same repertoire. Submit video recording as a link to an online source (i.e. YouTube, DropBox, GoogleDrive, etc.) to email@example.com with subject line “[FULL NAME]-Choral Conducting Pre-Screen”.||Applicants who pass the pre-screening will be invited to interview and audition with appropriate instrumental conducting faculty. The audition will consist of a conducting audition, a short demonstration on the candidate’s primary instrument, and a written exam of musical skills and knowledge|
|Music Education||No pre-screen required.||Applicants will work with the School of Music office to schedule an interview with one or more members of the music education faculty. A performance audition is not required.|
|Musicology||A scholarly paper representing undergraduate music history work. Submit paper to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “[FULL NAME]- Musicology Pre-Screen”.
GRE no longer required for admission.
|Applicants will work with the School of Music office to schedule an interview with one or more members of the musicology faculty. A performance audition is not required.|
|Performance||Voice only: Video recording of recent performance (i.e. senior recital) OR of 1-2 pieces of solo repertoire. Submit video recording as a link to an online source (i.e. YouTube, DropBox, GoogleDrive, etc.) to email@example.com with subject line “[FULL NAME]-Voice Perf Pre-Screen”.
No pre-screen required for instrumental areas.
|See audition requirements by instrument area: Brass, Piano, Percussion, Strings, Woodwinds, Voice on the MM in Performance webpage (NOTE: Voice applicants must first pass a pre-screen)|
|Piano Pedagogy||Video demonstrating applicant’s teaching abilities. Video should include the applicant teaching two different students (total of 20 minutes in length). Submit video recording as a link to an online source (i.e. YouTube, DropBox, GoogleDrive, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “[FULL NAME]-Piano Ped Pre-Screen”. For each child in the video, please indicate the child’s age, years of piano study, and years study with you.||Applicants who pass the pre-screening will be invited to interview with the piano pedagogy faculty as well as complete a piano audition. For the audition portion, candidates should prepare three important, contrasting works from different styles and periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). All pieces should be memorized. Sight-reading will also be required.|
**IMPORTANT: You may request an audition and/or interview date on the Butler Application for Graduate Admission; HOWEVER, all auditions and interviews must be officially confirmed with the School of Music office. Please do not finalize travel plans until you have confirmed audition/interview details with the School of Music office (email@example.com or 317-940-9065).
Contact the Office of Graduate Admission
- 888-940-8100 (toll free)
Audition, Assistantships, and Curriculum
Contact the School of Music office
- 317-940-9065 (local)
- 800-368-6852, ext. 9065 (toll free)
Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Music, Dr. Nicholas Johnson
- 317-940-9064 (local)
- 800-368-6852, ext. 9064 (toll free)