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Enhance Your Skills to Set Sights on Your Music Career Goals

Take your musical passion to the next level with a master's in music performance.

You'll receive advanced training in conducting, instrumental performance, or vocal performance from faculty members who have years of professional performance to their credit.

With a master's in music performance, you can polish your performing abilities to a professional level, learn to rehearse and conduct ensembles, reach your potential as a musician, prepare for auditions, and solidify your credentials as a private instructor.

Imagine Your Future

Among the musical professions you'll be equipped to take on are: a musician in orchestras, operas, military bands, musical theater, or recording studios; a college-level faculty member; and an owner of a music studio.

Recent IUP Music MA graduates have performed in Broadway productions and military and college bands, and have taught at major universities across the country.

National Average Annual Salaries

Postsecondary art, drama, and music teachers


Music directors and composers


Classes and Requirements

The main component of the program is intensive, private lessons with our talented faculty. Three core courses in music theory, history, and research will deepen your understanding of these disciplines and encourage you to dive further into them. Elective courses are available in your area of interest.

Students in this program participate in ensembles in leadership roles, with conducting students receiving regular podium time. The program culminates in an on-campus recital.

Full Academic Catalog Listing

The course catalog is the official reference for all our degree and course offerings. Check it out for a full listing of the classes available and requirements for this degree.

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Our music ensembles include all areas relevant to music education:

  • Bands: Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band
  • Choirs: University Chorale, University Chorus, Chamber Singers
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Jazz and Popular Music Ensembles
  • Music Theater and Opera Workshops
  • Instrument family ensembles: Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tubaphonium, Keyboard, Vocal Repertory


Based in Cogswell Hall, the IUP Music, Theatre, and Dance Department enjoys excellent rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, and a vast music library. IUP is an all-Steinway school with 93 pianos, and a full-time piano technician, and it houses the Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial organ. Other facilities include Fisher Auditorium and Gorell Recital Hall.