IUP Community Music School Begins Fall 2017

Posted on 9/7/2017 9:51:19 AM

IUP Community Music School logoThe IUP Community Music School began its fifth year on Tuesday, September 5, with private lessons, ensembles, and classes all getting started. Registration is still open for ensembles and classes, and private lessons may be signed up for year-round.

The IUPCMS is designed to meet the musical needs of anyone who wishes to enjoy music at some level, whether beginner, novice, or advanced. For private lessons, there are instructors available at three different levels of expertise and price points, so both youth and adults can find a teacher that will fit their needs. And, with Cogswell Hall being open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week, teachers and students can easily find a day and time for lessons that suit their busy schedules.

The ensembles offered through the IUPCMS include the Indiana Concert Band and Indiana Community Choir, which are for participants age 15 (9th grade) through adults of all ages, and the Crimson Youth Choir, which is for students from age seven into early high school.

The Indiana Concert Band meets from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. every Tuesday evening and is under the direction of IUP music professor Jason Worzbyt (reedtip@iup.edu). The Indiana Community Choir is under the direction of Jon Erik Schreiber (jonerikschreiber@gmail.com) and meets every Monday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Both will be working on fun and challenging musical programs, which will be presented in December. If you would like to make music under in either of these groups and under two outstanding conductors, be sure to register online in the IUPCMS, and e-mail the directors.

The Crimson Youth Choir is under the direction of new graduate student Kye-Won Kopko (kwkopko@gmail.com), who has nearly 20 years experience as a public school music educator and whose groups have won awards and even sung at the White House. She is an outstanding musician and will be providing a festival-level experience to students on a weekly basis. Be sure to e-mail Kye-Won for more information and to participate.

The internationally recognized Music Together® early childhood music and movement program is also continuing on Saturday mornings under certified and licensed instructor Candice Bolger. This class is for newborns through age five and their parents or caregiver. At the core of the Music Together approach is the idea that young children learn best from the powerful role models of parents/caregivers, so the program brings families together by providing a rich musical environment in the classroom, and then facilitating family participation in spontaneous musical activity at home in daily life.

Last, but not least, an offering that many don’t realize exists is bagpipes! Available in both a class and private lessons, our bagpipe instructors are members of the Laurel Highlanders Pipes and Drums, have been playing for years, and truly enjoy passing on the heritage of this amazing instrument. It’s a unique opportunity right in our own backyard.

For more information on the IUP Community Music School, or to register, be sure to visit the IUP Community Music School website or e-mail community-music@iup.edu.