Private Lessons from the Community Music School

  • Private lessons offer participants a one-on-one learning experience with a music instructor on their chosen instrument.

    Lessons are offered on all brass and woodwind instruments, percussion, voice, piano and organ, guitar and additional fretted instruments as available, and electric bass. For lessons on violin, viola, cello, and string bass, contact Linda Jennings, director of the IUP String Project.

    Coronavirus Update: NEW as of May 20, 2020

    Following the policy statement in early April by President Michael Driscoll in regard to the COVID-19 threat, and the announcement that all summer courses for the university will be online with no face-to-face instruction, the IUP Community Music School also canceled all face-to-face instruction through the end of the summer 2020 semester.

    However, registration for online private lessons is OPEN and will be ongoing and rolling through Friday, July 10. While lessons will be available for most instruments, it’s possible that we may not have an instructor for a specific instrument. Email with additional questions or for more information.

    Please see the IUP Community Music School home page for additional information. For more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see the comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.

    Instrument Access

    • Regardless of the instrument, all students from the community must have daily access to an instrument for practice outside of Cogswell Hall. For the larger non-wind instruments such as organ and piano, if there is not an instrument in the home, oftentimes arrangements may be made with a local church or school.
    • Currently enrolled IUP students may make arrangements to practice in Cogswell Hall.
    • The IUP Community Music School does not have instruments to rent.

    Lesson Requirements

    • Although the parent/student may select the number of lessons desired for the semester, the minimum requirement for the fall and spring semesters is seven lessons, and five lessons for the summer semester. Most participants select a full semester of lessons.
    • Lessons must occur at least once every two weeks.
    • At the availability of the instructor, lessons may also be taken between semesters. Contact for more information.
    • All lessons purchased for the semester must be complete before the start of the next major session (fall, spring, and summer). Any lessons not taken at that point are forfeited. This provides a minimum of three weeks after the end of each major semester for makeup lessons, as needed, or for additional lessons.

    Lesson Cancellation Policy

    • Instructors are allowed to set their own cancellation policy. They range from a couple of hours before the lesson, to a half day, or the night before. Be sure to know and understand your instructors policy.
    • Extenuating circumstances are always taken into consideration. If a student misses a lesson and does not contact their instructor to cancel, OR does not meet their instructors cancellation policy, it is considered absent and is paid for. Student-cancelled lessons that met the instructors’ cancellation policy will be made up, as well as all lessons cancelled by the instructor.

    Instructor Training and Clearance Requirements

    • Teaching apprentices have been recommended by their major studio professor. Teaching artists, generally graduate students, have also been recommended by their major studio professor. Non-graduate student teaching artists from the community have been interviewed and fully vetted.
    • All instructors have the three clearances as required by the state of Pennsylvania. They include Act 114, Federal Background Check; Act 134, Child Abuse Clearance; and Act 151, State Criminal Background Check.
    • All instructors have also taken Title IX Protection of Minors and Mandatory Reporter training as required by IUP and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

    Additional Notes

    1. In addition to the tuition charged below, a $25 registration fee is charged per individual student, per semester for the fall and spring semesters, and $20 per student for the summer semester. There are no registration fees for lessons taken during the weeks between the major semesters as long as there are lessons associated with one of the semesters on either side of the in-between weeks.
      This fee directly supports a very small portion of the IUP Community Music School administrative cost, and may only be charged a maximum of three times a year.
    2. Invoices are sent as a pdf file to the e-mail address listed as the primary billing address during the initial registration process. If you do not receive your invoice, check your Junk/Spam and Trash folders. If you still do not find it, contact the IUPCMS at as soon as possible, and add Mandrill to your Address Book.
    3. Unless the cost of tuition, registration fees, and materials exceeds $250 per family, payment MUST be made IN FULL before the first rehearsal, class, or lesson, OR by the date indicated on the invoice.
    4. If payment has not been received by the second private lesson, the lessons will be stopped by the instructor until payment has been received. Similarly, if payment has not been received by the second rehearsal, the student will not be allowed to continue in the ensemble until payment is received.
      The following payment schedule may be utilized:
      • Under $250 — Payment in full
      • $250–$500 — Two payments; one per month
      • $500+ — Three payments; one per month

    Teaching Apprentice (IUP Music Majors)

    • $12.50 tuition for a 30-minute lesson (Example: 7 lessons = $87.50; 14 lessons = $175)
    • $18.75 tuition for a 45-minute lesson (Example: 7 lessons = $131.25; 14 lessons = $262.50)
    • $25.00 tuition for a 60-minute lesson (Example: 7 lessons = $175; 14 lessons = $350)

    Teaching Artist (bachelor’s or master’s degree)

    • $16.00 for a 30-minute lesson (Example: 7 lessons = $112; 14 lessons = $224)
    • $24.00 for a 45-minute lesson (Example: 7 lessons = $168; 14 lessons = $336)
    • $32.00 for a 60-minute lesson (Example: 7 lessons = $224; 14 lessons = $448)

    IUP Music Faculty

    The following music faculty members offer private lessons through the IUP Community Music School. Rates vary by instructor.  Full listing of IUP music faculty.

    Oboe: Stephanie Caulder — $26/half-hour, $42/hour

    Bassoon: Jason Worzbyt — $32/hour

    Saxophone: James Flowers — $26/half-hour, $42/hour

    Trumpet: Kevin Eisensmith — $26/half-hour, $52/hour

    Horn: Heidi Lucas — $26/half-hour, $52/hour

    Trombone: Christian Dickinson — $26/half-hour, $52 hour

    Tuba/Euphonium: Zach Collins — $26/half-hour, $52/hour

    Piano: Henry Wong Doe — $26/half-hour, $52/hour

    Piano: Evan Engelstad — $26/half-hour, $42/hour

    Voice (Jazz Specialty): Laura Ferguson — $26/half-hour, $52/hour 

    Composition/Songwriting: John Levey — $26/half-hour, $42/hour