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Undergraduate Programs

Whether you want to become a music educator, performer, composer, musicologist, or critic, at IUP you will be exposed to a range of instruments, music styles, and career options.

Music Education, BSEd

Music, BA

Music Performance, BFA

Music Minor

Popular Music Studies Certificate

(A bachelor's degree in musical theater is offered through the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Department, which has open auditions for the musical.)

Graduate Programs

Whether your goal is to achieve your level II certification as a music teacher or heighten your musicianship for a career as a professional musician, IUP has the resources to bring your passion for music to its highest level.

Music Education, MA

Music Performance, MA

IUP Music Major Auditions

Register now for your IUP music audition!

In-person and live, Zoom auditions will be offered on these dates for fall 2024 entrance:

  • Saturday, December 2, 2023
  • Saturday, January 27, 2024
  • Saturday, February 24, 2024
  • Saturday, April 6, 2024
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024

All information about auditioning for the IUP Department of Music can be found on our Music Auditions page.

All music majors are eligible for scholarships, which are determined based on your audition.

If you have any questions regarding scheduling an audition, please contact the department at 724-357-2397 or email Dawnette Shellhammer (dmshell@iup.edu).

Music Ensembles

Our ensembles are available to any student, regardless of major. Any IUP student who has reached 15 credits of classes may participate in additional ensembles for zero credit, so you can be part of the IUP music scene without having to pay additional tuition.

I'm interested in joining an IUP music ensemble!

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IUP String Project Accepting Applications for Fall 2023 Semester

The IUP String Project, a community music education outreach program for children ages 5–18 in Indiana and the surrounding area, is now accepting applications for private lesson instruction on violin, viola, cello, and bass. 

Two Music Alumni Appointed to University Faculty Positions

The IUP Department of Music congratulates alumni Sarah Hetrick and Wilson Poffenberger on their new university positions.

Distinguished Alumni Award Winner, Internationally Known Musician, Wife, Make Gift to Continue Support for Brass Music Students at IUP

Internationally known tubist Jim Self, a 1965 graduate and 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and his wife, Jamie Self, have made a gift to establish the Jim and Jamie Self Brass Scholarship, which provides scholarship support to students enrolled at IUP who are pursuing a major or minor offered by the Department of Music with a concentration in brass.

Music Department Hosts 2023 Summer Camps

The Department of Music hosted two successful camps in June 2023. The second annual IUP Summer Music Camp was held June 12–16, and the Drum Major and Leadership Academy, which rebooted in 2022, was held June 26–30.

Emeritus Professor Bird Receives Lifetime Honor

Gary Bird, emeritus professor of Music at IUP, was recently given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. The award was presented at the 2023 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference, held at Arizona State University.