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. 

From the Director

The 2022-23 academic year begins our tenth year of bringing high-quality music instruction through private lessons, ensemble participation, and select music classes to the region. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will offer private lessons, primarily in-person but virtual still available, in all three of our ensembles, and some classes. Be sure to visit the page for each to check on its status for the semester.

In all cases, we will be following university guidelines regarding COVID mitigation.

While some grant funding support has been applied for and received, we have also had a number of individuals inquire on how to support the IUP Community Music School; so, to make this as easy as possible, the link below was set up so a gift can go directly to the IUPCMS. 

Give 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 not only these efforts but also the operating costs of the Community Music School.

If there is one thing all of us have discovered during the pandemic, 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, 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 either take a few lessons, participate in an ensemble, or do both!

If you have feedback, please feel free to email it to community-music@iup.edu. We look forward to meeting the musical needs of the music teachers and community members in the Indiana region for many years to come!

Best wishes as we begin what will hopefully be a terrific year of music-making!

Jeff Wacker, Arts-in-Education Services Coordinator
IUP Community Music School
Lively Arts | ArtsPath


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 ukulele, banjo, and mandolin)
  • Percussion
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
    (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon)


Evening and after-school ensembles include:

  • IUP Community Choir
    (age 14-adult)
  • University 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