Piano Accompanying/Opera Coaching, M.M.
BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
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 your 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.
See www.temple.edu/boyer for audition repertoire requirements.
A resume is required.
A student who wishes to transfer credit should speak with her/his academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at: www.temple.edu/grad/forms. 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 College admits only a
portion of its applicants. In addition to the 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 very heavily weighted in admission decisions of the
Boyer College of Music and Dance. 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 the Temple University general admission
criteria. In addition to the level of success demonstrated in the
above-mentioned criteria, 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.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30
Required Courses (30 s.h.):
MUSIC 8212: Coaching Skills (8)
MUSIC 8416: Piano for Accompanying and Chamber Music Majors (2)
MUSIC 8417: Piano for Accompanying and Chamber Music Majors (2)
MUSIC 8418: Piano for Accompanying and Chamber Music Majors (2)
MUSIC 8419: Piano for Accompanying and Chamber Music Majors (2)
MUSIC 8471: Recital Accompanying (4)
MUSIC 8475: Studio Accompanying (4)
MUSIC STUDIES 8701: Research in Music (3)
MUSIC STUDIES 8708: History of Opera (2)
MUSIC STUDIES 8709: History of Opera (2)
MUSIC STUDIES 8742: Seminar in Theoretical Analysis (3)
MUSIC STUDIES 8746: Seminar in Stylistic Analysis (3)
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: A language examination is required. Candidates in Piano Accompanying/Opera Coaching must present undergraduate coursework in French, German, and Italian languages (or pass a translating and speaking examination at Temple) at the time of admission to the program. Where the transcript or pass-off examination does not reveal such study, the appropriate deficiency course(s) must be taken prior to the completion of the master's degree.
All entering Master of Music students are
required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural
Skills, and Music History prior to the first semester of graduate
study. The purpose of these examinations is to determine weaknesses in
undergraduate preparation. Depending on the examination results,
students may be required to take one or more remedial courses. In these
instances, the remedial courses will be graded on a "Credit / No Credit"
basis and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for
"Credit," meaning that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for
"No Credit," meaning that the deficiency has not been satisfied).
Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial course or
section thereof to earn the grade of "Credit" and to satisfy the
requirement. Students who earn 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 may not count toward graduate degree
1. All entering M.M. students must take the Diagnostic Examination in
Harmony, Counterpoint, and Aural Skills prior to the first semester of
graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see
below). Students may take the test only once, and if they do not pass
the test or any portion thereof, they must enroll in the remedial
course(s) during their first semester of study. Depending on which
section(s) of the examination are failed, the examiners will stipulate
which sections of remedial coursework the student must take. The courses
are MUSIC STUDIES 5001: Diatonic Harmony Review, MUSIC STUDIES 5002:
Chromatic Harmony Review, MUSIC STUDIES 5003: Counterpoint Review, and
MUSIC STUDIES 5004: Graduate Aural Theory Review.
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 the student is unsuccessful in passing any portion of
the Music History examination, the student may select one of two
Option A entails registering to take MUSIC STUDIES 5005: Music
History Review for 1 to 5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned
to each of the following five periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic,
Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Students may register for a maximum of 3
credits of MUSIC STUDIES 5005 in any semester; thus, it is possible to
extend the remediation over two semesters.
Option B entails the student's studying independently and retaking
the failed sections of the examination at the end of the first semester
of study. Students may retake the examination only once, and if any
section is failed a second time, they 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 and Dance who (a) matriculate and enroll in the
semester immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree
requirements; and (b) received grades of "B-" or better in every
undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be
Professional Development Policy:
In addition to taking the required subjects
for their degrees, all students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance
are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich
their academic and musical expertise. Boyer College of Music and Dance
believes that 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 engaging in other academic
1. Touring: All 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 termination of semesters. Students must arrange their
schedules to accommodate this requirement.
2. Non-Credit Participation: 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
Independent Study Courses:
Independent study courses provide a special
opportunity for graduate students 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
students' 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.
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 $250 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 jury, department chair, and the Associate
Dean or Dean of the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Students withdrawing from the recital
requirement during the recital semester will receive an 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 until the recital has been 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 will not be counted
toward degree requirements.
1. Recital Extension Fees: Tuition for these additional terms of
private study will be 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
2. Exceptions to Recital Extension: (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, s/he 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.
All incomplete grades and keyboard
proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which
the student expects to graduate.
Comprehensive Final Project:
All candidates for the
Master of Music degree must submit a list of all repertoire studied
with their studio teacher(s) while enrolled in the M.M. program.
Students choose two stylistically contrasting pieces from their final
recital program. (Students
enrolled in programs without a recital requirement, such as Opera
Coaching, choose two contrasting works studied with their assigned
studio teacher.) Students choose to give either an oral
presentation or submit a written document that addresses at least
several of the following topics:
- Form and harmonic language of the piece
- Historical background of the work
- Aspects of the composer’s style
- Relationship to other keyboard works by the composer
- Performance practice considerations
- Specific technical problems and their solutions
- Other relevant information about the piece
The goal of the presentation or paper is to
demonstrate cumulative knowledge and skills gained during the course of
study at the master’s level. Courses taken in research, theory,
history, pedagogy, and performance practice can inform the discussion
of the particular works chosen by the student.
If the student selects the oral option, the
presentation is scheduled during end-of-semester juries. At least two
representatives from the graduate faculty in the Department of Keyboard Instruction adjudicate the oral presentation. The session should last
approximately 20 minutes with some extra time for questions from the
faculty members following the presentation. Students can perform small
sections of the work if germane to their discussion. Lecture notes with
cited sources for information should be submitted to the Department of Keyboard Instruction no later than ten days before juries.
The written document, if chosen, should be a
research-quality paper of approximately 10 pages, double-spaced, and
include appropriate references. This should be submitted to the Department of Keyboard Instruction no later than April 1 for a May graduation or November 15 for a
January graduation. At least two graduate faculty members from the Department of Keyboard Instruction read the paper and confer about the final decision. Students must
follow the guidelines for academic honesty found in the Graduate
Each reader grades the project as either “pass”
or “fail.” If the student fails, s/he is not allowed to graduate at the
end of that semester. Another document may be submitted after
suggestions for improvement by the Department of Keyboard Instruction faculty, or another oral presentation is arranged and graded as
before. If the student fails a second time, s/he is dismissed from the
Students must accompany one vocal recital in the first semester, and at least two in succeeding semesters. Students must also have participated in preparing singers for opera productions and, in some cases, conducted opera rehearsals. Graduation recitals are typically one hour in length; presented on-campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall; and adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Keyboard Instruction
Boyer College of Music
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Harvey Wedeen
Professor Harvey Wedeen
Professor Harvey Wedeen
About the Programs
The master's degree in Piano Accompanying/Opera Coaching is directed toward pianists who wish to make accompanying and opera coaching the focus of their professional lives. Students learn about the many skills required of opera singers, including diction, foreign languages, vocal technique, stage movement, and acting. Additionally, students learn to negotiate the often unpianistic piano reductions which are part of this scene. Finally, students learn how to conduct rehearsals in a professional setting, and become aware of the special problems encountered by singers.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years
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).
Dept. of Keyboard Instruction
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Boyer College of Music and Dance has been ranked among the
top 30 music schools in the country by U.S. News & World
This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Areas of Specialization:
Study focuses on performance of the major instrument and academic support areas in music.
The program prepares musicians for either professional activity or doctoral study.
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.
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.