IUP Community Music SchoolThe IUP Community Music School, located in Cogswell Hall, provides noncredit private lessons, ensembles, and classes in music year-round to students of all ages and ability levels throughout the Indiana community and region.

From the Director

And just like that, with the completion of the 2022–23 academic year, our first decade is in the books! While hard to believe, the 2023–24 academic year begins our eleventh year of bringing high-quality music instruction through private lessons, ensemble participation, and select music classes to the region.

With the COVID-19 pandemic in the rear-view mirror, private lessons are in-person, but if needed we can make virtual lessons available. The benefits of in-person lessons simply far outweigh virtual instruction.

However, we will continue to follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols and mitigation.

The IUP Community Music School is supported nearly 100 percent by grants and gifts, so if you're interested in helping to keep it a vibrant program for our community, whether as an individual or as a business, be sure to look at the information on our Support page.

While as a country we remain divided in many way, the Arts are something that can both bring us together and have such a meaningful impact on our quality of life. 

Whether music, art, dance, theater—you name it—and whether a school performance, community performance, art show, etc., we can truly come together in our community to celebrate beautiful works of art and meaningful experiences.

Social media in so many different platforms is so much a part of our society now, but for now we're sticking with Facebook, so be sure to check out and “Like” our Facebook page, not only for some of the articles, but also for the fun, interesting, and meaningful stories on music we run across.

Whether you’re young and just starting in music, or older and have been away from it for a while, the IUPCMS is the perfect and affordable place to find your way in the amazing world of music. Dust off your instrument if it’s been a while, and either take a few lessons, participate in an ensemble, or do both!

If you have feedback, please feel free to email it to community-music@iup.edu. We look forward to meeting the musical needs of the music teachers and community members in the Indiana region for many years to come.

Best wishes as we begin decade number 2, and what will hopefully be a terrific year of music-making!

Jeff Wacker, Arts-in-Education Services Coordinator
IUP Community Music School
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Private lessons of 30, 45, and 60-minutes are available in:

  • Bagpipes
  • Brass
    (trumpet, trombone, horn, euphonium, tuba)
  • Electric Bass
  • Guitar (as available, other fretted instruments such as ukulele, banjo, and mandolin)
  • Percussion
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
    (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon)


Evening and after-school ensembles include: