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 in the Indiana community. 

    From the Director:

    Welcome to the IUP Community Music School! The fall of 2017 marks the start of our fifth year, and my fourth directing the IUPCMS.

    Since it began in 2013, it has grown literally every semester as more and more members of the community discover the variety of high-quality lessons, ensembles, and classes.

    There is a tremendous amount of published research showing the benefits of studying music, whether on brain development, improved critical thinking skills, and the ability to collaborate with others, to name a few. Be sure to check out and “Like” our FaceBook page, not only some of these 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. Whether a class, ensemble, or simply private lessons with one of our teaching apprentices, teaching artists, or IUP faculty members, the IUPCMS will help you obtain your musical goals.

    If you have questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail them to me at community-music@iup.edu. We’ve listened over the last four years, made changes and improvements, and are 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 the 2017–18 academic year.

    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 crimson “Register Now” 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 e-mail 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 immediately e-mail 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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