Jazz Studies Performance Major

Gain a holistic understanding of jazz as a performing art across an array of ensembles with the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Performance in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. You’ll develop a strong foundation for a career as a jazz composer, educator or performer. The 123-credit, full-time undergraduate degree prepares students to play with both instrumentalists and vocalists or as a solo performer.

Courses take a deeper dive into your instrument of choice, taught by some of the most renowned jazz artists and musicians in the field. You can also choose concentrate in voice. Jazz studies and performance majors take music history and theory courses in addition to the jazz studies curriculum, which includes arranging, improvisation, and style and analysis.

Outside of the classroom, students have opportunities to regularly join performances at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, as well as become involved in events and programming at well-known organizations such as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Lincoln Center.


You can focus on Jazz Studies Performance or you can take one of the following concentrations.

    • Bassoon
    • Brass
    • Cello
    • Clarinet
    • Classical Guitar
    • Double Bass
    • Euphonium
    • Flute
    • French Horn
    • Harp
    • Harpsichord
    • Historical Keyboard
    • Oboe
    • Percussion
    • Piano
    • Saxophone
    • String
    • Trombone
    • Trumpet
    • Tuba
    • Viola
    • Violin
    • Voice
    • Woodwind

Classes & Curriculum

In the Jazz Studies Performance Major degree program, you’ll advance your knowledge of key areas of study in jazz such as

  • Basic Conducting,
  • Jazz Studies,
  • Music Theory and
  • The Business of Music.

Required courses also depend on which instrumental concentration you choose.

Learn more about specific curriculum for the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and Performance degree.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Music program offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full or part time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

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