String Pedagogy, 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:
550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 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: 33
Required Courses (29 s.h.):
MUSIC 8500: Instrumental Ensemble (4)
MUSIC 8510: Instrumental Ensemble (2)
MUSIC 8541: Advanced Orchestral Conducting (2)
MUSIC 8561: Lower String Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC 8562: Upper String Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC 8566: String Major/Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC 8567: String Major/Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC 8568: String Major/Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC 8569: String Major/Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC 9996: Final Project: String Pedagogy (2)
MUSIC ED 8653: Music Learning Theory (3)
MUSIC STUDIES 8701: Research in Music (3)
All bowed string pedagogy majors at the master's degree level must perform in the university orchestra each semester they receive lessons.
Electives (4 s.h.) selected from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, or other graduate departments. Performance practice courses recommended. Advisor approval required.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
Diagnostic Entrance Examinations:
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 activities.
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. Participation: Master's degree candidates in wind, brass, and
percussion instruments must be available for ensemble assignments at the
discretion of the department chair, including participation beyond
3. 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.
All incomplete grades and keyboard
proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which
the student expects to graduate.
Final Pedagogy Project:
The final pedagogy project is based on a subject determined with the major advisor, and may take the form of a lecture/recital, teaching demonstration, research paper, article, or method book.
Faculty members in the Department of Instrumental Studies grade the final project.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Jeffrey Solow
Professor Terell Stafford
Professor Terell Stafford
About the Program
The Master of Music in String Pedagogy is for the graduate student who desires to concentrate on the pedagogy of stringed instruments.
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 Instrumental Studies
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 Report.
This degree program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Areas of Specialization:
While private lessons and ensemble participation are required each semester, a major concentration of the curriculum is the study and practice of the teaching of stringed instruments. Included in this concentration are coursework and fieldwork through the College's preparatory division.
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.