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The Wind Ensemble playing music

School of Music

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

During this time of limited campus visit opportunities, JCA's Music department still wants to meet you! Please contact us via email or phone (317-940-9656) to set up a time to talk with a JCA faculty or staff member so we can answer your questions about any of the JCA programs.

MORE. This simple word describes the opportunities you'll have at the Butler University School of Music.

In addition to studying music, our flexible curriculum allows you to easily pursue a double major, study abroad, collaborate with internationally-acclaimed artists, participate in the Butler Symphony Orchestra or other ensembles, complete a major research project, or teach in the Butler Community Arts School—all with the encouragement of Butler's world-renowned faculty.

Couple all of that with our excellent reputation, personalized instruction, and strong pedagogy, and our location in the vibrant musical and cultural community of Indianapolis, and you have a program that is not only about reaching your career goals, but pursuing your passions.

Butler University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Attend a Performance

Join us for one of our many student ensemble, faculty, and guest artist performances! Check out our current season calendar.


Interested in joining the School of Music? Learn more about the application and audition process. 

Michael J. Colburn conducting


From Michael J. Colburn, Director of Bands at Butler and former director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band to Tony Kniffen, tuba instructor and principal tubist at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, our faculty are world-renowned performers and educators.


The School of Music offers rich and diverse performance opportunities that are open to all students at Butler.

Music Lesson

Hire a Musician

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