Graduate Bulletin

Music Performance/Clarinet, M. M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: March 1

Spring: December 1

Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities, talents, and aptitude for graduate study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University, which is based on a curriculum of 124 to 135 hours.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A degree in music is expected.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should include an applicant's special interests within the discipline and expectations for the program.

Standardized Test Scores:

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 525 paper-based, 197 computer-based, or 71 internet-based.


1. Two contrasting etudes.

2. Two movements from contrasting solo repertoire (concerto, sonata, or other solo works).

3. Excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

Applicants are required to arrange for an accompanist.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Students who wish to transfer credit should speak with their academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at Transfer credits must be approved by the Advisor, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Due to the large number of applications for admission and the competitive nature of its music programs, the Boyer College admits only a portion of its applicants. In addition to general admissions credentials required of all Temple University graduate applicants, specialized admission criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews, recommendations, departmental term papers, and standardized examinations) are weighted very heavily in admission decisions. Graduate applicants may be rejected for admission for failing to obtain the required level of proficiency in any one area of the specialized admission criteria regardless of the level of success in meeting Temple University's general admission criteria. In addition to the level of success demonstrated in the criteria listed above, a final admission factor is the College's Optimum Enrollment Policy. This Policy may preclude the admission of any student who meets the minimum requirements.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Music 8500: Instrumental Ensemble*

Music 8504: Instrumental Lessons

Music 8510: Instrumental Ensemble*

Music 8514: Instrumental Lessons

Music 8524: Instrumental Lessons

Music 8584: Instrumental Lessons/Recital

Music Studies 8701: Research in Music

Music Studies 8742-8746: Seminar in Theoretical/Stylistic Analysis

* M.M. candidates must be available for ensemble assignments, which are determined by the department chair and may exceed curricular requirements.

Electives (8 s.h.) selected from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, or other graduate departments. At least 3 s.h. must be in academic, non-performance coursework.  Advisor approval required.

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All degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Requirement. No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

Comprehensive Listening Examination

Public Recital:

Fourth semester of Instrumental Lessons (Music 8584).

Diagnostic Examinations:

All entering Master of Music students are required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Theory, and Music History prior to the first semester of graduate study. The purpose of these examinations is to determine inadequacies in undergraduate preparation. Depending on the examination results, a student may be required to take one or more remedial courses. Remedial courses are graded on a "Credit / No Credit" basis and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for "Credit," signifying that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for "No Credit," signifying that the deficiency has not been satisfied). Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial course or section to earn the grade of "Credit" and to satisfy the requirement.  A student who earns a grade of "NC" (that is, having a class average below "B-") must retake that course or section until an average of "B-" or higher is achieved and a grade of "CR" is recorded on the official university transcript. Remedial courses are offered for undergraduate credit only, and do not count toward graduate degree requirements.

1. All entering M.M. students must take the Diagnostic Examination in Harmony, Counterpoint, and Aural Theory prior to the first semester of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). A student may take the test only once, and if she does not pass the test or any portion thereof, she must enroll in the remedial course(s) during her first semester of study. The examiners will stipulate which sections of remedial coursework the student must take. The courses are "Diatonic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5001, one credit), "Chromatic Harmony Review" (Music Studies 5002, one credit), "Counterpoint Review" (Music Studies 5003, one credit), and "Graduate Aural Theory Review" (Music Studies 5004 three credits).

2. All entering M.M. students are required to take the Diagnostic Examination in Music History prior to registering for their first semester of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see below). If a student is unsuccessful in passing any portion of the Music History examination, she may select one of two options. Option A entails registering for Music History Review (Music Studies 5005 for 1 to 5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned to each of the following five periods: Renaissance; Baroque; Classic; Romantic; and Twentieth Century).  A student may register for a maximum of 3 credits of Music History Review in any semester; thus, it is possible to extend the remediation over two semesters. Option B entails studying independently and retaking the failed sections of the examination at the end of the first semester of study. A student may retake the examination only once, and if any section is failed a second time, she must take the assigned remedial sections in their second semester of study.

3. Conditions for Exemption: The requirement to take the Diagnostic Examination in any area is waived only for graduates of the Boyer College of Music who: 1) matriculate and enroll in the semester immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, and 2) received grades of "B-" or better in every undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be waived.

Professional Development Policy:

All students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, in addition to the required subjects toward their degrees, are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. Such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes, tutoring, teaching private lessons, coaching, participating in the distribution and inventory control of Temple University-owned musical instruments and instructional materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, performing at admissions and open house events, supervising performance classes, and other academic activities.

Performing Ensembles:

1. Students in touring performing ensembles are required to participate in all scheduled tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks in length, often take place immediately after the termination of a semester. All students must arrange their schedules to accommodate this requirement.

2. Master's degree candidates in performance must be available for ensemble assignments at the discretion of the department chair, including those beyond curricular requirements.

3. With special permission, graduate students for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement, may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the department chair, and the Associate Dean.

Independent Study Courses:

Independent study courses provide a special opportunity to work in a highly individualized setting with one or more faculty members. All such study must receive the approval of the faculty member providing the instruction, the student's major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval will be granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study projects will be granted only for students whose academic and musical record provides substantial support for the benefits of this type of study. In no case may more than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum be taken as independent study. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of independent study.

Acceptable English:

All students, including those for whom English is not the native language, are expected to present all written work in acceptable English. No double standard exists to differentiate students on the basis of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students are also responsible for becoming familiar with the College's statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.

Graduate Private Lesson Policy:

Weekly one-hour private lessons are provided for all matriculated master's and doctoral performance majors in good standing, provided at least three additional credits of programmatically required graduate level study are taken simultaneously. A $200  per semester lesson fee (subject to change without notice) is charged for all private lessons. Tuition remission may not be used to cover the private lesson fee.

Private applied lessons beyond the four-semester requirement currently in effect for graduate performance students, may be extended with the permission of the department chair and the Associate Dean or Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Recital Extension:

Students withdrawing from the recital requirement during the recital semester, Music 8584, the fourth semester of lessons, will receive a grade of "Incomplete" and must register for extended study for non-degree credit (Music 5000: "Recital Extension" for 2 credits). Recital Extension must be taken each semester after the fourth until the recital is presented. This course will be offered on a credit/no credit basis only. Upon satisfactory completion of the recital, the Incomplete for the recital course will be replaced by a letter grade and "Music 5000: Recital Extension" will be issued a grade of "CR." Credit derived from Recital Extension does not count toward degree requirements.

1. Recital Extension Fees: Tuition for these additional terms of private study will equal the cost of 2 graduate credits plus a $400 Recital Extension fee. Graduate assistantships and other forms of university-sponsored financial aid do not cover the Recital Extension fee.

2. Exceptions to Recital Extension: The exceptions to the Recital Extension Policy are as follows:

a. Students who perform their recitals during the first three weeks of the Spring semester are not required to register for Recital Extension that semester.

b. Students who register for Recital Extension during the Summer may perform their recitals during the first three weeks of the Fall semester. However, if the student does not take Recital Extension during the Summer, she may not present the recital in the Fall semester, regardless of the date, without also registering for the Fall semester of Recital Extension.

3. Failure to Present Recital: The degree status of students who are unable to present a recital after one semester of Recital Extension will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and the major advisor, who, in consultation with the major teacher and department, will determine whether or not the student may continue in the program. Inability to present the recital after one semester of Recital Extension may be grounds for dismissal from the degree program for failing to maintain reasonable academic progress.

Incompletes: All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which the student expects to graduate.

Culminating Events:

Comprehensive Exam:

All candidates for the Master of Music degree are required to take a one-hour comprehensive examination in music literature and theory. A list of 100 musical works of the standard literature from the Middle Ages through the 20th century is available to the student when admitted to the College. The list is intended as an aid to preparation for the examination.

The examination consists of three parts: identification of specific selections from a list of 100 works, identification of a "mystery" selection, and score analysis.

All students should plan to take the examination in the penultimate semester of study.

Members of the graduate music history and music theory departments select the music scores and musical selections.

Two graduate faculty members grade the examination.

Students must pass all three sections. A score of 70% or better must be achieved in the identification section, and a "pass" or "weak pass" must be achieved in the "mystery" selection and the score analysis sections.

The examination is administered approximately ten times each year. Students notify the music graduate secretary no later than one week prior to the requested examination administration date. For examination dates, visit the Graduate Music Examination Schedule page on Boyer's website.

Public Recital:

Performance majors present a public recital as the culminating event for the master's degree (Music 8584) . Graduation recitals are typically one hour in length and presented on Main campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall. The student 's transcript  must provide evidence of successful private lessons prior to the semester of the graduation recital. Students who wish to play a recital in the early Fall should plan to register for and complete the final semester of lessons during the preceding Summer months.

A recital approval jury must demonstrate the student's ability to perform the degree recital successfully. Normally, this evaluation is made at the preceding semester's jury. If, by departmental approval, this jury does not occur, then a jury must be scheduled at least four weeks prior to the recital. If the jury is not successfully completed by that time, the department reserves the right to cancel the recital date. Further details are available from the department chair.

Graduation recitals are adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members.

Program Contact Information:

Department Information:

Dept. of Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


James Short

Program Coordinator:

Professor Jeffrey Solow

Graduate Chairperson:

Professor Jeffrey Solow


Professor Jeffrey Solow


About the Program

The master's degree in clarinet performance develops expertise beyond baccalaureate-level achievement. Students specialize in the study of the major instrument and take courses outside the major area that support advanced musical and academic development. The Department of Instrumental Studies provides the potential professional performer and/or teacher with the finest instrumental training within the context of a comprehensive university. Students study privately with professional artist-teachers and enjoy opportunities for performance in numerous large and chamber music ensembles.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

With the approval of the major advisor, students may elect to take up to 6 graduate credits outside the field of music.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Boyer College has been ranked among the top 30 music schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Areas of Specialization:

Study emphasizes performance on the major instrument, solo and ensemble literature, and academic support areas in music.

Job Placement:

The program prepares musicians for either professional activity or doctoral study.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may enroll in selected courses in music with permission, but may not take applied lessons until they have been fully admitted and matriculated.

Financing Opportunities

Boyer College of Music and Dance offers a number of assistantships and academic internships to matriculated graduate students. Full awards carry a cash stipend plus full tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters. Partial awards also are available in values of 1/4 or 1/2 of a full award. Duties for assistantships and internships vary, but typically include teaching, tutoring, classroom assistance, research, artistic performance, and/or direct service related to academic programs. Applicants must submit an assistantship/internship application by March 1 to obtain priority consideration for an award. Applications are available online at the Graduate Financial Aid page of Boyer's website. Typically these awards are made only in the Fall semester for up to two semesters: Fall and Spring. Awards may be renewed on an annual basis (typically up to one additional year for master's students and up to three years for doctoral students), based on departmental needs as well as satisfactory academic and musical progress by the recipient.

May 2007