Department of Music

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 Theater 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 2022 entrance:

Monday, December 6, 2021
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Monday, March 7, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022

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 (

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!

All-Steinway School - Steinway and Sons Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an All-Steinway School and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Rom-com Opera @ IUP!

If you like Rom-com and beautiful tunes, come to see this one-act opera, Gianni Schicchi!

Community Jazz Jam

Laura Ferguson and the rhythm section of the IUP Jazz Ensemble host the Open Air Jazz Jam at Josie's every Thursday night starting at 8pm.

Ferguson Presents PMEA District 8 In-Service

Laura Ferguson provided in-service professional development for music teachers in PMEA District 8 on October 11, 2021.

Indiana Musicale Hosts Annual Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival

Indiana Musicale, the Indiana chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association/MTNA hosted its annual Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival on the IUP campus, October 2, 2021.

Collins Works With Two Area Music Programs

Zach Collins worked with the band programs at Greater Latrobe and Gateway High Schools on October 1, 2021.