Music Education Intensive Summer Session

  • Students sing as part of a university choral performance
  • Summer 2016 - Earn Graduate Credit in 10 Days of Coursework on the IUP Campus

    Influenced by Professor Laura Ferguson

    “I'm continuously impressed with Professor Laura Ferguson's knowledge of not only how to teach, but also of how students learn. She's not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to education, and she encourages her students to do the same.”

    Megan Hall, Graduate of the Music in Education, MA program, currently a full-time middle school music teacher

    Jump-start your master's degree, earn continuing education hours, or recharge your teaching batteries at IUP's summer intensive session! Held on the IUP campus, you can earn up to five hours of graduate credit in just 10 days of coursework.

    Students can continue on to complete the MA in Music Education with our fully online courses in the Fall and Spring semesters, with a manageable five credits per term (30 credits total).

    Delaney Hall

    Convenient housing and meals are available at reasonable rates in our recently renovated suite-style dorms. Check back for 2016 rates.

    For more information on the program, please contact Dr. Ryan Beeken, graduate coordinator, at

    Your Faculty

    Professor Craig Denison

    Dr. Craig Denison

    MUSC 540 001 - Summer Music Workshop (Modern Band): Modern Band Methods teaches methods in listening, performance, composition, and improvisation by means of popular music experiences in guitar, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Materials and instruction will be provided in part by "Little Kids Rock," a national leader in contemporary music education. Students in the class will have the knowledge and resources to establish popular music education programs in their schools. This class is available for undergraduate, graduate, and Act 48 credit.

    Dr. Craig Denison most recently served for 13 seasons as artistic director of Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir, and director of the Master Chorale at Florida International University. He taught for many years at Saint Mark's Episcopal School as Director of Vocal Music. Before that, Dr. Denison served as music director for the Colorado Children's Chorale and associate music director and conductor of the American Boychoir. 

    He has prepared choirs and acted as vocal coach for numerous international orchestras, opera companies, and a number of world and North American premieres. He currently serves as the American Choral Director's national chair for Repertoire and Standards in Boychoirs. Dr. Denison founded the Schola Cantorum at Westminster Choir College of Rider University as assistant professor of Conducting. A sought-after conductor and clinician, Dr. Denison is a regular guest conductor of Honor and All-State Choruses. He also teaches and presents regularly at the state and national level for ACDA, NAfME, and their affiliates.


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    Dr. Laura Ferguson

    MUSC 620 - Foundations of Music Education: Study of historical, philosophical, and social foundation of music education, including educational thought and implications for school music programs.

    Dr. Laura Ferguson is an associate professor of music education and earned the MME and EdD from the University of Illinois. She is a specialist in general music with particular research interests in children's expressive movements to music, the use of vernacular music in classrooms, and practical applications of technology use.

    Before coming to IUP, she taught elementary general music, beginning strings, elementary and middle school band, and high school choral ensembles in Illinois. Dr. Ferguson's innovative use of technology in the classroom was recognized by a faculty teaching award during her first year at IUP and continues to be a vital aspect of her teaching. She is a frequent clinician for the International Association of Jazz Educators, where she presents at international conferences, as well as serving as a faculty member of IAJE's Teacher Training Institute.


    Professor Keith Young

    Dr. Keith Young

    MUSC 540 001 - Summer Music Workshop (Jazz Band Techniques): Designed for the music education student to learn how to start and/or build a jazz band program. It includes teaching wind players the three main styles of articulation (Swing, Rock, Latin); piano players how to do simple but strong voicings for comping from chord symbols; bass players how to walk from chor symbols; how to make a jazz improvisation solo work with various levels of student skill levels; and general concepts of how to rehearse a jazz band or combo.

    Dr. Keith R. Young is a professor of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches saxophone performance studies and directs the IUP Jazz Band, musical Pit Orchestras, and classes in woodwind methods and music theory. In 1998, he retired as the principal saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. With that ensemble, he performed on saxophone and piano with the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Protocol Combo, Orchestra, and Dixieland Band, touring throughout the world.

    As saxophone soloist, Dr. Young has performed on international tours with the U.S. Air Force Band and as guest soloist with college and high school bands. Solo performances have included the 1986 International Bandmasters and Orchestra Directors Conference in Chicago; World Saxophone Congresses in the United States, Japan, Italy, and Canada; the 1988 MENC; the 1989 ABA Convention; Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina music educators conferences; the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums; and the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet Workshop.