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IUP Community Music School

IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School, located in Cogswell Hall, provides noncredit private lessons, ensembles, and classes in music to students of all ages in the Indiana community. 

Our spring 2015 session officially begins on Monday, January 26, one week after the start of the IUP fall semester, and will continue through May 8. Some classes and ensembles will begin slightly outside of these dates, so be sure to check the schedule carefully for the start of the class or ensemble that you're interested in.

Spring offerings will continue to include private lessons on all instruments with various levels of instructors, ensembles, and piano and guitar classes.

We are also continuing our popular Saturday program for newborns through age 5, Musikgarten, a program of instruction with its roots in the Kindermusik system and Montessori School. Using all-natural Musikgarten products, these Saturday morning classes guide a parent and child through a variety of music and movement activities designed to nurture the musical aptitude found in all children. Sign up early as these three levels of classes—Family Music for Babies: Spring Session for New and Returning Families (newborn–18 months); Family Music for Toddlers: Sing with Me, Dance with Me (18 months–three years); and Cycle of Seasons: Wind Dances, Sun Catchers (ages three to five years)—will fill up quickly and have limited room. Note: If you participated in the fall, the spring curriculum is a continuation, not a repeat of the fall.

New Ensemble! Utilizing the talent of graduate assistant Jessica Zelenack and faculty member Dr. Laura Ferguson, we're excited to offer a Vocal Jazz Choir this semester.  Be sure to see the ensemble page for additional information.

Registration Fee: The IUP Community Music School assesses a $25 registration fee per individual student, per semester. This fee supports a small portion of the administrative costs associated with running the school.

Spring 2015 Registration Open!

Registration for all classes, ensembles, and lessons is officially open and will be until January 26. Note: Registration for all ensembles and lessons is flexible and ongoing throughout the semester; most parent and students are starting private lessons the week of January 5 after the holiday season when schools are back in session. If you are interested in any of our three ensembles—Indiana Community Chorus, Indiana Symphonic Winds (Band), Crimson Children’s Chorus—or in taking lessons, be sure to use the “Register Now” button below if you’re new to the IUP Community Music School, or e-mail to let us know if you have already participated.

Note: The “Register Now” button below is for new students only.
Returning Students: E-mail to register for the upcoming semester and with inquiries.

Jeff Wacker, Arts-in-Education Services Coordinator
IUP Community Music School
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Download the Spring 2015 catalog for more detailed information!


Private lessons of 30-, 45-, and 60-minutes are available in:

  • Brass
    (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba)
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
    (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon)


Evening and after-school ensembles include:

  • IUP Community Choir
    (age 14–adult)
  • Indiana Symphonic Winds
    (a community band, age 14–adult)
  • Crimson Children’s Choir
    (3rd–8th graders, offered at two levels: beginner and intermediate/advanced)


Classes include:

  • Adult Piano
    (beginning and intermediate)
  • Adult Guitar
    (beginning and intermediate)
  • Laurel Highlanders Pipes and Drums
    (age 14–adult)
  • Musikgarten (NEW)
    Family Music for Babies (Newborns–18 months)
    Family Music for Toddlers (Ages 16 months–3 years)
    Cycle of Seasons (Ages 3–5 Years)


Teachers include:

  • Teaching apprentices
    (IUP student music majors and minors)
  • Teaching artists
    (area music teachers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music)
  • IUP music faculty
    (professors in the Music Department)
  • Specialty artists
    (local musicians with expertise in unique musical styles, instruments, or ensembles)

IUP String Project

  • String Program for Young Musicians
    Weekly private lessons and group lessons scheduled at different times throughout the year
  • Teacher-Training Program for IUP Music Students
    A comprehensive teacher-training program in which to develop, explore, and hone teaching skills for beginning to advanced students levels
Logo: All-Steinway School
  • Community Music School Address
  • Cogswell Hall, Room 107
    422 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1071
  • Phone: 724-357-4565
  • Music Dept. Office: 724-357-2390
  • Fax: 724-357-7899
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.