Music Majors & Minors

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 my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.

The School of Music website lists current curriculum guides only. Students or advisors wishing to view previous versions should contact School of Music Secretary Joy Rogers (317-940-9246). All links are downloadable PDF files.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) is an excellent option for students interested in a Double Major or Minor in another academic area outside of music.

Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A.)

The Bachelor of Musical Arts (B.M.A) degree is great for students with one or more Emphases. Considered a professional degree, the B.M.A. allows for more flexibility than the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) curricula.

Bachelor of Music in Performance (B.M.)

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degrees are professional degrees with a specific focus including Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, or Vocal Performance. Students pursuing a B.M. in Performance degree typically pursue graduate school upon graduation.

Bachelor of Music in Composition

The Bachelor of Music degrees are professional degrees with a specific focus. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Composition degree typically pursue graduate school.

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

The Bachelor of Music degrees are professional degrees with a specific focus. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree often pursue graduate school, but are also prepared to immediately enter the field as a professional jazz musician.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Standard Music Education Degree Plans

Our standard Music Education degrees are four-year programs leading to certification in Choral and General Music Education or Instrumental and General Music in preK through 12th grade.

Five-Year Music Education Degree Plans

Area Degrees: Choral, Instrumental, and General Music

The Bachelor of Music Area All-Grade degrees are five-year programs leading to certification in choral, instrumental, and general music education for preK through 12th grade. Students pursuing one of these degree options must demonstrate proficiency in both the instrumental and vocal areas. Students can choose from the following degree options:

Music Education plus Music Performance Double Major

The Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music Education (B.M.) degree is a five-year program prepares students for certification in choral and general music or instrumental and general music for preK through 12th grade as well as for performance auditions for graduate programs. Students can choose from four options:

Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration–Music

The Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration- Music is a degree option offered in conjunction with the Arts Administration department and the School of Music. It is an excellent option for music students interested in learning the “business” of making the arts happen. Students in the program receive a comprehensive education in not-for-profit administration, business, strategic communication, and music. Explore the Arts Administration-Music degree on the Arts Administration Majors & Minors page.

With our flexible curriculum and variety of degree options, Butler is a great place to pursue music and your other academic interests. In fact, at least 25% of our music majors are pursuing a double major or minor in an area outside of music! Learn more about our double major options, including a list of  over 40 popular double major degree guides on our Music Double Majors webpage. Don’t see the pairing you are interested in? Email music@butler.edu.

We are pleased to announce the new Music and Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP)! In this five-year degree program, students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Butler University and a degree in engineering from Butler’s program partner, the Purdue School of Engineering at Indianapolis. Learn more about EDDP. Curriculum guides are below:

We are pleased to announce the new Music Therapy Dual Degree Program! In this degree program, students graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts in Music or Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Butler University and a degree in Music Therapy from Butler’s program partner, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Curriculum guides are below:

Emphases can be added to any music degree plan and are available in Jazz Studies, Composition, Music History, Music Theory, Music Performance, and Piano Pedagogy.

Music Minor

A minor in Music is available through the Jordan College of the Arts to students whose primary major is not in music. It consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours, of which fourteen to sixteen (14-16) are specified. For specific requirements, see the Music Minor curriculum guide.

Jazz Studies Minor

A minor in Jazz Studies is available through the Jordan College of the Arts to students whose primary major is not in music. It consists of twenty-four (24) credit hours, of which twenty-two (22) are specified. For specific requirements, see the Jazz Studies Minor curriculum guide or contact Dr. Matt Pivec, Director of Jazz Studies, for further information at mpivec@butler.edu or 317-940-9068.