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 25 full- and part-time artist-teachers. As an IUP music student, 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. Our distinguished faculty represents a wealth of professional performing experience. Recitals featuring resident faculty members and visiting artists are presented throughout the year.

Music Department ensembles provide performance opportunities for hundreds of university students each semester. A staff of resident conductors directs the activities of the IUP Marching Band, the Symphony Orchestra, two concert bands, three choruses, two jazz ensembles, Percussion Ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. The department also features fully staged operatic and musical productions each year.

Students can choose from 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.


The mission of the IUP Department of Music is the professional preparation of music students as teachers, performers, composers, and scholars at the undergraduate and graduate level. We are committed to providing the highest level of creative, intellectual, and cultural experiences through curricular offerings, recitals, concerts, productions, and workshops for both the student body and the university community. The Department of Music recognizes its responsibility to serve a local and global community, to promote diversity/multiculturalism, as well as embrace and encourage lifelong advocacy for the musical arts.