Department of Music

IUP violinist

Undergraduate Programs

Whether you want to become a music educator, performer, composer, musicologist, or critic, at IUP you will be exposed to a range of instruments, music styles, and career options.

Music Education, BSEd

Music, BA

Music Performance, BFA

Music Minor

Popular Music Studies Certificate

(A bachelor's degree in musical theater is offered through the Theater Department, which has open auditions for the musical.)

Graduate Programs

Whether your goal is to achieve your level II certification as a music teacher or heighten your musicianship for a career as a professional musician, IUP has the resources to bring your passion for music to its highest level.

Music Education, MA

Music Performance, MA

IUP Music Major Auditions

Register now for your IUP music audition!

In-person and live, Zoom auditions will be offered on these dates for fall 2023 entrance:

Monday, October 10, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Monday, April 17, 2023

All information about auditioning for the IUP Department of Music can be found on our Music Auditions page.

All music majors are eligible for scholarships, which are determined based on your audition.

If you have any questions regarding scheduling an audition, please contact the department at 724-357-2397 or email Dawnette Shellhammer (

Music Ensembles

Our ensembles are available to any student, regardless of major. Any IUP student who has reached 15 credits of classes may participate in additional ensembles for zero credit, so you can be part of the IUP music scene without having to pay additional tuition.

I'm interested in joining an IUP music ensemble!

All-Steinway School - Steinway and Sons Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an All-Steinway School and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Denison Presents at District 6 Music Educators Event

In January 2023, Craig Denison presented his lecture, "Finding Meaning in Boys’ Singing," at the PMEA District 6 Professional Development Day.

Music Faculty to Perform in Pittsburgh January 22

Laura Ferguson, professor of Music Education, will perform with her jazz combo, Laura Ferguson and Friends, on Sunday, January 22, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Con Alma Jazz Club at 6th St. and Penn Ave. in Pittsburgh.

Music Alumnus Honored by United States Navy

2016 Department of Music graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class Brenden Goff, was recently recognized by the United States Navy with the Blue Jacket of the Year award. Goff is a flutist in the US Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia.

IUP Marching Band 100th Celebration Just Around the Corner

The IUP Marching Band celebrates its 100th anniversary November 4–6, 2022.

Accepting Applications for IUP Cellobration Day: Saturday, November 12

The IUP String Area is hosting an IUP Cellobration Day on Saturday, November 12, featuring guest cellist Janet Anthony and IUP faculty member Linda Jennings. The theme of the Festival is Social Justice through Music – Building Leaders Using Music Education in Haiti. Anthony will share her experiences mentoring music students and teachers in Haiti over the past 30 years.