The IUP Community Music School, located in Cogswell Hall, provides noncredit private lessons, ensembles, and classes in music year-round to students of all ages and ability levels throughout the Indiana community and region.
The IUP Community Music School opens for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, August 31.
While offerings that include larger numbers of students will not take place—all three ensembles and our classes—we will be offering BOTH online and in-person private lesson instruction. For online, Zoom is available to IUPCMS
instructors through IUP, but instructors and students may use whichever online method both parties are most comfortable with—Skype, Google, Zoom, etc.—and whichever produces the best results for them.
Please review the COVID-19 guidelines for in-person private lessons, found at the top of the Private Lessons page. These must be followed for a student to
take in-person lessons. Note: Private lesson instructors have been given the option of starting their lessons the week after Labor Day weekend, September 8, to help with room scheduling.
Registration for the fall is open and will be ongoing and rolling throughout the semester. The same minimum requirement of seven lessons for the semester still applies. First-time users can click the crimson-colored Register Now link
below for the online form. Previous participants simply need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with information on what they’d like lesson-wise for the fall.
Please continue to monitor this web page for updates on activities of the IUP Community Music School, as well as the IUP Community Music School Facebook page.
For additional information and guidelines from IUP on their response to COVID-19 pandemic, go to the university’s comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.
While we are excited to begin our eighth year of bringing high-quality music instruction through private lessons, ensemble participation, and select music classes to the region, we are certainly saddened that the COVID-19 pandemic will not allow us provide
our full offerings.
This was not an arbitrary decision, but one that has included a great deal of research, and then because the IUP Community Music School is a part of the university and shares the same space with the IUP Music Department, a decision that follow all of
their guidelines and protocols. For example, the Music Department is not holding rehearsals and performances of large ensembles, so we are following their lead.
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We certainly hope that 2021 is is much less stressful and traumatic, and with life hopefully bearing some semblance of normal, we can again safely resume all of our ensembles and classes.
On the funding side of the house, as you can imagine—and as it’s been for most businesses and organizations—finances are a challenge. Some individuals have inquired on how to support the IUP Community Music School; so, in order to make this as easy as
possible, the link below was set up so a gift can go directly to the IUPCMS. We are continually working to keep the costs down and build a scholarship fund for deserving students, and donations of any amount support these efforts.
Give to the IUPCMS.
If there is one thing all of us have discovered in the last few months, it’s that the Arts truly matter and are so important to our quality of life. Whether music, art, dance, theater—you name it—we truly feel the loss of what we now know can easily be
taken for granted.
For music, the beat only goes on if we support our youth in their musical efforts, whether through the IUPCMS or the music programs at their own schools. Keeping them going by either in-person or, if necessary, online options is critical in keeping our
children engaged with their creative sides.
Last, while we don’t anticipate becoming a tweeting organization anytime soon (we think there’s enough tweeting going on out there already!), be sure to check out and “Like” our
Facebook page, not only for some of the articles, but also for the fun, interesting, and meaningful stories on music we run across.
Whether you’re young and just starting in music, or older and have been away from it for a while, the IUPCMS is the perfect and affordable place to find your way in the amazing world of music. Dust off your instrument if it’s been a while, and take a
few lessons to get ready for when we can bring back the ensembles.
As always, if you have feedback, please feel free to email it to email@example.com. We’re looking forward to meeting the musical needs of the music teachers and community
members in the Indiana regions for many years to come!
Best wishes as we begin what will probably be one of our most challenging academic years: 2020–21.
Jeff Wacker, Arts-in-Education Services CoordinatorIUP Community Music SchoolLively Arts | ArtsPath
Note 1: As it is throughout the entire year, private lesson registration is flexible and ongoing throughout the semester; however, most students sign up for a full semester of lessons, or nearly the full semester, depending on their various
activities, schedules, etc.
This fee supports a very small portion of the total administrative costs associated with running the school.
Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60-minutes are available in:
Evening and after-school ensembles include: