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. 

    Coronavirus Update: NEW as of May 20, 2020

    Following the policy statement in early April by President Michael Driscoll in regard to the COVID-19 threat, and the announcement that all summer courses for the university will be online with no face-to-face instruction, the IUP Community Music School also canceled all face-to-face instruction through the end of the summer 2020 semester

    However, we will be offering lessons online. As long as both an instructor and parent/student are comfortable with the lesson delivery and quality of learning, lessons may continue as normal via whichever online method both parties are comfortable with—Skype, Zoom, Google, etc.—and which produces the best results.

    Registration for the online summer semester is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling through Friday, July 10. With only a minimum of five lessons required for the summer, it’s a flexible and fun way to enjoy music from your own home. 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 they’d like for the summer.

    Unless otherwise notified, the IUP Community Music School will start all normal activities—private lessons, ensembles, and classes—on Monday, August 31, one week after the start of the university’s fall semester.

    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. Currently, all refunds and credits have been processed and submitted for families that have contacted the IUPCMS, and they should be completed by the end of June.

    For additional information from IUP on the COVID-19 threat, go to the university’s comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.

    Thank you for your patience during this extremely challenging time!
    — Jeff Wacker

    From the Director:

    We are excited to begin our seventh year of bringing high-quality music instruction through private lessons, ensemble participation, and select music classes to the region.

    The 2018–19 year was another successful year of growth as more people become aware of the program and signed up to play in an ensemble or take private lessons, and we're looking forward to the 2019–20 year!

    Something that's definitely exciting is that for all six years, we have literally grown every semester. In our estimation, this is due to three reasons, with the primary reason being the high quality of instruction by teachers at all levels. Whether a teaching apprentice, teaching artist, or an IUP music faculty member, one of the most frequent compliments we receive is the high level of teaching by our instructors.

    The second reason we continue to grow is that through some very generous underwriting and support from a number of sponsors, we are able to keep the pricing as affordable as possible. These include IUP Dining and the generous gifts of several by community members. Without their critical support the program would not be possible.

    Related to funding, we oftentimes receive inquiries from individuals who simply want to make a gift to support the school. 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.

    The third reason for continued growth is that we continue to listen to your comments, ideas, and suggestions, and continue to make changes and improvements. A great example is the Crimson Youth Choir.  When the feedback we receive indicates you're having to pick which of your children are going to participate, or you simply can't come up with the $100 per semester, we knew a change was needed.

    Beginning in the fall of 2018 we cut in half the Crimson Youth Choir prices, and we're pleased to announce that we're going to continue with the new $50/semester rate for 2019–20. Under the direction of the amazing Kye-Won Choi, this group continues to grow and is quickly becoming one of the premiere ensembles for youth in our region. Be sure to tell your friends!

    There is a tremendous amount of published research showing the benefits of studying music, whether on brain development, improved critical thinking skills, or the ability to collaborate with others, to name a few. While I don’t anticipate us 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. Whether through a class, ensemble, or simply some private lessons, the IUPCMS will help you obtain your musical goals.

    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 the 2019–20 academic year.

    Jeff Wacker, Arts-in-Education Services Coordinator
    IUP Community Music School
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    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” 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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