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School of Music

Music Majors & Minors

Majors and Degrees

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 B.A. degree is perfect for students interested in a  Double Major or Minor in another academic area.

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

The B.M.A. degree is great for students with one or more Emphases (see "Emphases" tab below). 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 B.M. degrees are professional degrees with a specific focus. Students pursuing the B.M. in Performance degree typically pursue graduate school.

Bachelor of Music in Composition

The B.M. degrees are professional degrees with a specific focus. Students pursuing the B.M. in Composition degree typically pursue graduate school.

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

The B.M. degrees are professional degrees with a specific focus. Students pursuing the B.M. 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:

Four-year programs leading to P-12 certification in choral/general music or instrumental/general music.

Five-Year Music Education Degree Plans (Area Degrees):

An area music education degree is a five-year program leading to P-12 certification in all areas of music: choral, instrumental, and general music.

Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music Education

The B.M. in Performance and Music Education degree is a five-year program leading to a double major in performance and music education, with P-12 certification in choral/general music or instrumental/general music.

Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration-Music

The Arts Administration program offers this degree with a music emphasis.

Double Majors

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.

 

Engineering Dual Degrees

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:

Music Therapy Dual Degrees

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 (to be added to a music major)

Emphases

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. 

Minors (for non-music majors)

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.

 

NOTE: 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.