Graduate Programs

  • MUSIC AT IUP: GREAT OPPORTUNITY, GREAT COMMUNITY:  Play in an ensemble, perform with major touring artists, conduct, grow your talent in weekly one-on-one sessions with faculty who are superb musicians and passionate about your success. Make music your life.

    Bring your passion for music to its highest level

    Expand your world as a teacher or performer as you work with nationally recognized and award-winning professors. Whether your goal is to teach music at the university level, achieve your level II certification as a music teacher, or heighten your musicianship and technique for a career as a professional musician, IUP has the curriculum, faculty, and facilities to being your passion for music to its highest level.

    MA in Music Education

    Designed for working K–12 teachers, IUP’s online, low-residency music education master’s offers online convenience during the school year and face-to-face contact during two-week, intensive summer sessions at IUP. This manageable two-year program will:

    • Enhance your skills as a music teacher
    • Provide the coursework for Level II Teaching Certification, a Pennsylvania credential

    MA in Music Performance

    For many this is a stepping stone to a DMA. For others it's a chance to work with a group of talented and accomplished artists, composers, and musicians. This on-campus two-year program will:

    • Enhance your musicianship and technique
    • Better prepare you for a career in the performing arts

    The IUP difference

    Music faculty.  Our 26 full-time faculty members may be distinguished by their diversity of scholarship, talent, and performance, but they are renowned for their commitment and dedication to their students. You'll receive the personal attention and instruction your talent deserves.

    Music ensembles.  One of the greatest assets of the Department of Music is its quality and variety of ensembles. Follow your passion and sing a role in one of our opera or music theater productions, or perform with the jazz bands, the IUP Orchestra, the Chorale, the Chamber Choir, or one or more of the many other ensembles we offer.

    Cogswell Hall. Completely renovated, rearranged, and expanded to incorporate state-of-the-art technology and acoustics, Cogswell Hall is the heart of the Music Department, housing rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, studio space, classrooms, and a well-appointed music library. IUP is an all-Steinway school (93 total) and is home to a Pogorzelski-Yankee Memorial Organ. Our Performing Arts Center, right beside Cogswell Hall, features Fisher Auditorium. Another popular performance space, Gorell Recital Hall, is only two buildings away.

    Meet the coordinator

    Dr. Ryan Beeken
    111 Cogswell Hall
    Phone: (724) 357-4408
    E-mail: ryan.beeken@iup.edu