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Jazz Studies

Program Director: Terell Stafford
Jazz Faculty
Jazz Ensembles


Recordings by the Temple University Jazz Band on BCM&D Records:
Strike Up the Band | Dear Dizzy | Big Swing Face | To Thad With Love

See what it's like to be a jazz student at Temple

Temple University Jazz All Star Concert, The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, NY
Jan. 30, 2018
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The Department of Jazz Studies offers students myriad opportunities to hone their craft and prepare for careers as professional musicians, educators, composers and arrangers. Boyer Jazz alumni can be found performing with eminent musicians, composing film scores, recording with major labels, and teaching jazz to students around the country.

Students of Temple’s Jazz Studies program have opportunities to participate in both large and small ensembles that provide a comprehensive performance experience in solo as well as ensemble playing for both instrumentalists and vocalists. Boyer also hosts a jazz student exchange program with the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Conservatory).

Degree Programs
B.M. Jazz Instrumental Performance
With an emphasis on ensemble opportunities and improvisation, students are prepared to perform, tour, and record. Students take four years of private lessons with a jazz instructor. In addition to the core music curriculum, Jazz Instrumental students take courses in aural skills, improvisation, arranging, business of music, acoustics, computers in musical applications, and conducting.

B.M. Jazz Vocal Performance
Vocal Performance students have numerous opportunities to build their skills as lyricists in tandem with performing with instrumental ensembles. In addition to weekly private lessons and the core music curriculum, Vocal Performance students take courses in jazz aural skills, improvisation, arranging, business of music, acoustics, computers in musical applications, and conducting.

B.M. Jazz Composition/Arranging
With an emphasis on improvisation, the Jazz Arranging/Composition track prepares students to enter the field fully equipped with the marketable tools to pursue successful careers. In addition to courses in the performance concentration and the core music View Curriculum and Information, students take courses in jazz and pop history, jazz secondary piano, arranging, improvisation, composition, jazz styles and analysis and conducting.

M.M. Jazz Studies

The 2-year, 30-credit master’s program consists of advanced training in Jazz Performance and support academic areas vital to the field.  Studio and ensemble experiences are combined with coursework to provide comprehensive training for outstanding jazz musicians.  The program is open to instrumental and voice students who have completed a BM degree or its equivalent.


The program is built upon an ideal blend of performance and academic courses taught by an outstanding internationally renowned faculty.  A unique blend of artistic and academic experiences is designed to help students develop technical expertise and a unique creative/artistic vision.  The program provides focus on career development and entrepreneurial techniques with the goal of helping students to meet career objectives.

Wycliffe Gordon and Dick Oatts with the TU Jazz Band at Dizzy's in NY, 2015

Workshops, Master Classes, and Guest Artists

The Jazz Studies Program presents frequent master classes and guest performances by renowned artists and educators. Recent guests have included Adam Nussbaum, Joe Magnarelli, Ingrid Jensen, Mike Moreno, Lewis Porter, Gary Smulyan and Warren Wolf.

Each spring, the Jazz Studies Program hosts Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Festival, during which 13 area high school jazz bands participate in performances, clinics and instrumental master classes given by Boyer College Jazz Studies faculty and renowned guest artists.