IUP Community Music School

  • IUP Community Music SchoolThe 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. 

    Spring 2021 COVID-19 Pandemic Update

    The IUP Community Music School opens for the spring 2020 semester on Monday, January 25, 2021.

    We we will continue as we have in the fall semester by offering BOTH online and in-person private lesson instruction. Our ensembles will not be meeting until fall 2021.

    For online lessons, 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 continue to 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.

    Registration for the spring is currently 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 community-music@iup.edu 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.

    From the Director

    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.

    We certainly hope that 2021 is is much less stressful and traumatic, and with life hopefully bearing some semblance of normal, we can safely resume all of our ensembles and classes for the fall 2021 semester.

    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 community-music@iup.edu. 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 Coordinator
    IUP Community Music School
    Lively Arts | ArtsPath

    Registration Notes

    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.

    Note 2:

    • The “Register Now” button found throughout the website is only for students new to the IUP Community Music School. Anyone who has been a student in the past should simply email community-music@iup.edu to let us know what you would like to register for, and with any other inquiries.
    • If the “Register Now” button does not work for you, please email community-music@iup.edu and let us know.

    Note 3:

    • The IUP Community Music School assesses a $25 registration fee per individual student, per semester, for the fall and spring semesters.
    • The fee is reduced to $20 for the summer session.

    This fee supports a very small portion of the total administrative costs associated with running the school.

  • Lessons

    Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60-minutes are available in:

    • Brass
      (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba)
    • Electric Bass
    • Guitar (as available, other fretted instruments such as mandolin and ukulele)
    • Percussion
    • Piano and Organ
    • Voice
    • Woodwinds
      (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon)


    Evening and after-school ensembles include:

    • IUP Community Choir
      (age 14-adult)
    • Indiana Concert Band
      (age 15-adult)
    • Crimson Youth Choir
      (Primary and secondary students; offering the Voce select choir for older students, and the Crimson Children's Choir for younger students


    Classes include:


    Teachers include:

    • Teaching Apprentices
      (IUP music students recommended by their major studio professor)
    • Teaching Artists
      (area music teachers with bachelor's and/or master's degrees in music)
    • IUP Music Faculty
      (professors in the Music Department)
    • Specialty Artists
      (local musicians with expertise in unique musical styles, instruments, or ensembles)

    IUP String Project

    • String Program for Young Musicians
      Weekly private lessons and group lessons scheduled at different times throughout the year
    • Teacher-Training Program for IUP Music Students
      A comprehensive teacher-training program in which to develop, explore, and hone teaching skills for beginning to advanced students levels
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