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.


Wong Doe Performs in Sacramento

IUP piano professor Henry Wong Doe performed a solo recital at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, on Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Alumna Edmondson Recognized as Teacher of the Year

IUP music alumna Rebecca Edmondson ’78 was recently recognized as the 2022 Hancock County Teacher of the Year. Edmondson teaches at Conners-Emerson School in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she has taught since 1990. 

Twenty-Five Alumni Join Forces for Alumni Jazz Band

The IUP Alumni Jazz Band performed on Sunday, April 24, 2022, as part of the annual IUP Jazz Festival. Twenty-five alumni spanning seven decades (1965 to 2021) assembled on Saturday to rehearse in preparation for Sunday's performance.

Department of Music to Celebrate Percussion Alumni

In a first-of-its-kind performance, the IUP Music Department and the College of Arts and Humanities will present a concert by the IUP Alumni Percussion Ensemble on Saturday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. The group is comprised of 20 performers spanning over five decades of percussion instruction and performance at IUP.

Four Music Alumni Recognized at State Conference

Congratulations to four IUP Department of Music alumni for receiving awards at the 2022 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association annual In-Service Conference.