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Share Your Passion for Music

In IUP's Music Education program, you will grow from a student with musical talent into a highly qualified music educator and be prepared to teach a love and understanding of music to the next generation of students.

You will gain certification to teach K-12 music in Pennsylvania and other states and learn how to lead large choral and instrumental groups and provide quality individual instruction.

As for your own musical skills, you'll expand them with private, weekly, half-hour lessons and have the opportunity to perform with groups such as the Wind Ensemble, "The Legend" Marching Band, University Chorale, University Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble.

Imagine Your Future

With this degree, you can pursue jobs in fields such as:

  • Music educator in k-12 public or private schools
  • Private music instructor
  • Graduate study in music education, music performance or related disciplines
  • Educational music composition, publishing, and marketing

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Classes and Requirements

Our curriculum gives you the foundation of music knowledge and then builds on it with specific applications in music education.

You'll take:

  • Four semesters of music theory and aural skills to gain the technical understanding of how music works and the ability to hear and reproduce the elements of music
  • Seven semesters of private instruction on your instrument or voice
  • Three semesters of music history, including classical, world music, and popular music

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Take skills-based classes with all instrument families, conducting, and music technology
  • Specialize in Vocal or Instrumental with certification to teach both
  • Experience large and small ensembles each semester
  • Take music education courses in instrumental, choral/general, and elementary methods
  • Observe music educators in the field
  • Undertake a student teaching experience

Teacher Certification Requirements

All students seeking teacher certification must meet the requirements of the Three-Step Process for Teacher Education.

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

Active Student Groups

Student groups can enrich your professional education at IUP and include:

  • PA College Music Educators
  • Crimson Chords Acapella Group
  • Delta Omicron, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternities
  • Student National Association of Teachers of Singing Group


This program requires a satisfactory audition on a primary instrument or voice, interview, or portfolio review for students producing or composing digitally. Auditions are scheduled for several dates in the fall and spring semesters, combined with the Experience IUP program. Prior to the audition, students must apply to IUP and be accepted academically. See here for audition details.


Based in Cogswell Hall, the IUP Music 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.