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About Music

  • The Department of Music at IUP has a rich history dating back to the founding of this institution in 1875. Graduates of the department have gone on to distinguished careers in performance, teaching, and other fields within the music profession.

    The department’s greatest resource is its faculty, composed of more than 30 full- and part-time artist-teachers. As one of our roughly 300 undergraduate music students, you'll have the opportunity to study with a professor who specializes in your instrument and to take academic coursework from professional musicologists and theorists.

    Music Department ensembles provide performance opportunities for hundreds of university students each semester. A staff of resident conductors directs the activities of the IUP Symphony Orchestra, four bands, three choruses, two jazz ensembles, and various chamber ensembles. A distinguished artist-faculty represents a wealth of professional performing experience. Recitals featuring resident faculty members and visiting artists are presented throughout the years.

    The department offers three undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Science (Music Education), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Performance and Composition), and Bachelor of Arts (General Music). Our graduate program offers the Master of Arts degree with separate concentrations in Performance or Music Education.

    After meeting university entrance requirements and the successful completion of an audition, students may be admitted as music majors. If you have any questions concerning the music program at IUP, please contact us at 724-357-2390.