Lisa Brooks, DMA, Dean; Wendy Meaden, MFA, Associate Dean; Doug Spaniol, DMA, Associate Dean; Derek Reid, MA, Associate Dean for IDEA
Larry Attaway, BM; Kathleen Boyd, DMA; Timothy R. Brimmer, DA; Lisa Brooks, DMA; Marek Cholewa; Richard Clark, MM; Penny Dimmick, DA; William Fisher, MFA equivalent; Jeffrey Gillespie, PhD; Robert Koharchik, MFA; Susan McGuire; Wendy Meaden, MFA; David Murray, MM; Matthew Pivec, DMA; Cynthia Pratt, MFA; Derek Reid, MA; Michael Schelle, PhD; Doug Spaniol, DMA; Eric Stark, DMA; Diane Timmerman, MFA
Elaina Artemiev, PhD; Frank Felice, PhD; Ramón Flowers, MFA; William Grubb, DMA; Nicholas Johnson, PhD; Brenda Johnston, MAM; Steve Nyktas, MFA; John Perkins, DMA; Gautam Rao, MFA; Rosanna Ruffo; Oliver Worthington, DMA
Sophie Benn, PhD; Mélanie Clapiès, DMA; Zachary Cooper, DMA; David Ingram, MFA; Becky Marsh, PhD; Brian Weidner, PhD; Dana Zenobi, DMA
Senior Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence
Jon Crabiel, MA
Trae Blanco, DMA; Melissa Johnson, MM; Andrés López, PhD; Laura Storm, DM; Manòn Voice, MA
David Orvek, MA; Lewis Ricci, MA
The Jordan College of the Arts has a distinguished tradition extending from the year 1895, when the Metropolitan School of Music was founded. That school merged in 1928 with the Indiana College of Music and Fine Arts to become the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music. In 1951, after 23 years of close affiliation, the conservatory became a part of Butler University as the Jordan College of Music. The name was changed to Jordan College of Fine Arts in 1978, and in 2012 the name was again changed to Jordan College of the Arts (JCA).
Through our community outreach program, the Butler Community Arts School, over 100 Butler students teach music and other arts to almost 2,000 young people in Indianapolis, most of whom are on scholarship. All Jordan College of the Arts students–future artist-citizens–are involved in the arts both on campus and off, attending concerts and exhibitions throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana, performing for diverse audiences at Butler and on tour, and working in arts organizations throughout the country .
The Jordan College of the Arts offers programs of study leading to the degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of music, bachelor of musical arts, bachelor of science, master of arts, and master of music. The five academic departments–art, arts administration, dance, music, and theatre–focus on specific areas of study within their fields, be it the intersection of art and design in the Department of Art, classical ballet in the Department of Dance, or not-for-profit arts management in the Arts Administration Department.
Butler University is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
The Jordan College of the Arts provides focused professional study and collaborative, creative experiences within the context of a strong liberal arts university. We value an inclusive and welcoming environment with a diverse range of artists, traditions, ideas, and audiences. We emphasize the development of students as artist-citizens who will become leaders in arts and society.
We are committed to providing an atmosphere of creative learning that embraces discipline, pushes beyond comfort levels, and values the axiom of “freedom to fail.” We believe in risk-taking and attempting the unknown.
We recognize the value that is created for students, faculty, staff, and the broader arts community when we work together across disciplines.
We are dedicated to our students, our individual professional artistic fields, and to the vitality of the arts. We have high standards and strive for excellence in all we do.
We are committed to recruiting and developing talented students, faculty, and staff from all populations. We embrace diversity of thought and perspective.
We encourage and empower our students to forge new creative paths in the arts. As faculty, we model the way as we stretch the boundaries of our artistic fields and explore new avenues of creative expression.
We prepare our students for successful careers in their disciplines by adhering to professional-level standards that mirror real-world expectations. We deliver the appropriate training; we demand professional behavior from our students.
Undergraduate Degree Programs
- Bachelor of Arts in Art + Design (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts in Art History (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts in Dance (Pedagogy) (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA)
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (BA)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance-Performance (BFA)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting (BFA)
- Bachelor of Music in Composition (BM)
- Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (BM)
- Bachelor of Music in Music Education (choral-general, instrumental-general, or area) (BM)
- Bachelor of Music in Performance (piano, voice, or instrumental) (BM)
- Bachelor of Music in Performance and Music Education (BM)
- Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)
- Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration (art, art history, music, theatre, or general) (BS)
- Bachelor of Science in Dance (Arts Administration) (BS)
Undergraduate Dual Degree Programs
- BA Art + Design & BS Engineering (Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, Energy, Mechanical, Motorsports)
- BA Music & BS Engineering (Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, Energy, Mechanical, Motorsports)
- BA Music & BS Music Therapy
- BM Music Education (choral or instrumental) & BS Music Therapy
Graduate Degree Programs
- Master of Arts in Musicology (MA)
- Master of Music in Composition (MM)
- Master of Music in Conducting (choral or instrumental) (MM)
- Master of Music in Music Education (MM)
- Master of Music in Performance (MM)
- Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy (MM)
Graduate 4+1 Program
- BS in Arts Administration & MA in Philanthropic Studies
All prospective students must submit a Jordan College of the Arts program application in addition to the Butler University Application for First Year Admission. They must also complete an audition, interview, or portfolio review depending on the area of study. Both applications must be on file one week prior to the audition, interview, or portfolio review. An on-campus or regional audition is required for all dance and music applicants. An on-campus or regional audition or portfolio presentation is required for all theatre applicants. An interview is required for all arts administration general applicants. A portfolio review is required for all art applicants.
Information and details about on-campus auditions, regional auditions, interviews, and portfolio presentations/reviews are available at www.butler.edu/jordan-arts/admission/.
Note that all students who wish to be considered for Jordan College of the Arts talent awards should complete the audition, interview, or portfolio review process during the regularly scheduled audition season. Department-specific requirements are available online.
Prospective graduate students should see the Graduate Studies section in the Admission Information and Requirements chapter or contact the School of Music.
General Academic Regulations
In addition to the University academic regulations, the following are applicable to students registered in the Jordan College of the Arts.
- 40 upper-division credit hours (300-400 level) are required for graduation.
- Courses in the student’s major or minor receiving a grade of C- or below will not count toward that major or minor. Courses taken pass/fail which are normally assigned a letter grade will not count toward that major or minor.
- All students working toward a teaching license must meet additional requirements as outlined for licensing.
- All students are required to participate in departmental ensembles, presentations, and activities as required by the specific curricular and scholarship guidelines.
- As an essential component of a full and varied educational experience in the arts, undergraduate JCA majors are expected to attend arts events in their discipline and related areas throughout their tenure at Butler.
Jordan College Courses
JC 150 Schrott Center for the Arts Stage Production Training
JC 350 Schrott Center for the Arts Stage Production Training
JC 380 Special Seminar in Visual and Performing Arts
JC 401 Independent Study in the Arts
JC 402 Independent Study in the Arts
JC 403 Independent Study in the Arts
JC 480 Special Seminar in Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Art
Go to information for Department of Art.
Department of Arts Administration
Go to information for Department of Arts Administration.
Department of Dance
Go to information for Department of Dance.
School of Music
Go to information for School of Music.
Choral Music Education/Performance (5 Year Program)
Instrumental Music Education + Performance (5-Year Program)
Jazz Studies, BM
Music Education–area (five-year program), BM
Music Education–choral/general and instrumental/general (four-year program), BM
Musical Arts, BMA
Performance (instrumental, piano, and voice major), BM
Performance and Music Education (five-year program), BM
Conducting (Choral Conducting), MM
Conducting (Instrumental Conducting), MM
Music Education - Final Project Option, MM
Music Education - Thesis Option, MM
Music, Double Major, MM
Piano Pedagogy, MM
Department of Theatre
Go to information for Department of Theatre.
Music Therapy Dual Degree
Undergraduate Non-Degree Programs