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Music Education Intensive Summer Session, June 19-30, 2017

  • A view of music on a music stand as a student plays in a band rehearsal
  • Earn Graduate Credit in 10 Days of Coursework on the IUP Campus

    Influenced by Professor Laura Ferguson

    “I'm continuously impressed with Professor Laura Ferguson's knowledge of not only how to teach, but also of how students learn. She's not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to education, and she encourages her students to do the same.”

    Megan Hall, Graduate of the Music in Education, MA program, went on to become a full-time middle school music teacher

    Jump-start your master's degree, earn continuing education hours, or recharge your teaching batteries at IUP's summer intensive session! Held on the IUP campus, you can earn up to five hours of graduate credit in just 10 days of coursework.

    Students can continue on to complete the MA in Music Education with our fully online courses in the Fall and Spring semesters, with a manageable five credits per term (30 credits total).

    Delaney Hall

    Convenient housing and meals are available at reasonable rates in our recently renovated suite-style dorms.

    For more information on the program, please contact Matthew Baumer, graduate coordinator, at

    2017 Summer Intensive Session Courses

    Dr. Laura Ferguson

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    MUSC 540 - Summer Workshop: General Music Method

    This course provides an overview of general music teaching at the K-8 level for the practicing in-service music teacher. Emphasis will include guitar and ukulele, virtual instruments, lesson development, and National Core Arts Standards. Specific pedagogical techniques such as Orff, Kodaly, or World Music Drumming may be emphasized depending upon student interest and/or need.

    Dr. Carl Rahkonen

    Dr. Carl Rahkonen

    LIBR 600, Bibliography of Music

    Introduces graduate students to various types of music, music literature, and bibliographical tools which exist and which may be used in research in music. As a project, students will prepare an extensive annotated bibliography of a music subject within their special interest.

    Dr. Timothy Paul

    Dr. Timothy Paul

    MUSC 581, The Composer, the Conductor and the Recording Process

    Please note : This course will be offered a week prior to the summer intensive session, June 12-18. Students can enroll on campus OR via distance education online (pending online course approval).

    This course will focus on conducting gesture and movement as related to the composer's intent in music for winds and percussion; the performance of music for winds and percussion; and the recording process. Topics will include:

    • gesture/movement to interpret the composer's intent
    • performers/performance of music for winds and percussion
    • the professional recording process.

    Course discussions and assignments will be derived from observation of and participation in the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators (IFC3).

    IFC3 is a professional wind ensemble comprised of collegiate music professors; associated events include rehearsals, performance, recitals, lectures, and professional recording sessions that result in a professionally mastered CD. Observers of this event will have the opportunity to watch rehearsals; attend lectures, recitals, and performances; and observe recording sessions.