IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School is accepting applications for private lesson instruction. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July 10. For more information and to access the online registration form, please visit the IUP Community Music School website, or email community-music@iup.edu.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the decision by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education that there will not be any face-to-face instruction during the summer semester, all lessons will be held online. While there will generally be an instructor for most instruments, it is possible that one may not be available for a particular instrument.

Those interested in lessons on the primary string instruments of violin, viola, cello, and string bass should contact the director of the IUP String Project, Linda Jennings, at ljenning@iup.edu.

The IUPCMS summer semester is 10 weeks in length and begins June 1. The minimum number of lessons to sign up for is only five for the summer, so scheduling of lessons is very flexible and can happen any time that both the instructor and student are available. Lessons can be 30, 45, and 60 minutes and, as available, may be scheduled with either a teaching apprentice, teaching artist, or IUP faculty member. More information on lessons and lesson rates may be found on the Private Lessons page.

For students already registered into the IUP Community Music School, simply email community-music@iup.edu on what you would like to take for the summer. Only students NEW to the IUPCMS need to register by utilizing the online registration form.

With the pressure of “all online learning” about to be in the rear-view mirror as the school year winds up, taking a few lessons to get ahead and simply enjoy musical learning is a great way to spend some of the summer. And without the pressure of everything being online, a few lessons for an enjoyable activity should actually help with any online burnout you may be experiencing.

If you have any additional questions, you can also call 724-357-4565, a phone number that is checked daily for messages while the program director, Jeff Wacker (jwacker@iup.edu), works remotely.