Feb 22, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

Performance (instrumental, piano, and voice major), BM


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The Bachelor of Music in Performance requires a minimum of 124 credits:

  • Credits in the Core Curriculum count toward the 124 credit minimum.
  • At least 40 credits must be at the 300-level or higher. 
  • Music students must attend 16 performances/events per year; for students who are student teaching, studying abroad, or in full-time internships during the academic year, only 8 performances are required for that year.

Performance majors must select either Voice, Piano or Instrumental.

Instrumental Majors (40-45 credits)


  • Major Instrument (AM courses, 16 credits)
  • Min Units: 1
  • Min Units: 1
  • Min Units: 0
  • Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Orchestra (ES courses, 8 credits)
  • For students whose major instrument is guitar, a major choral ensemble is permitted. In addition, four semesters of this requirement may be satisfied with guitar-related ensembles, including ES 101  /ES 301  (Chamber Music), ES 102  /ES 302  (Guitar Ensemble), ES 124  /ES 324  (Jazz Ensemble), ES 127  /ES 327  (Jazz Combo), or ES 108  /ES 308  (New Music Ensemble; one semester only) in consultation with their academic advisor and major applied music teacher.

  • Chamber Music (ES courses, 1-6 credits)
  • Chamber Music requirements: Violin, Viola, Cello (6); Bass (4); Guitar (3); Woodwinds (4); Brass (4); Percussion (6)

  • Min Units: 1
  • Upper-Level Music History Electives (MH courses, 6 credits)
  • Min Units: 3
  • Upper-Level Music Theory Elective (MT courses, 3 credits)

Voice Majors (49 credits)


Piano Majors (44 credits)


Core Curriculum (27 credits)


See The Core Curriculum  for more information.

  • First-Year Seminar (6 credits total)
  • Global and Historical Studies (6 credits total)
  • Text and Ideas (3 credits)
  • The Social World (3 credits)
  • The Natural World (5 credits)
  • Analytical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Physical Well Being - may be marching band (1 credit)

Free Electives (19-23 credits for Instrumental, 5 credits for Voice, 12 credits for Piano)


Includes AM 21  and AM 22  , if needed.

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