Bachelor of Music in Music Education Jazz

Develop the skills to help cultivate a love of music with the Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music Education Jazz in Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance. You’ll prepare for a career in music education with an emphasis on jazz through a comprehensive curriculum of applied music, internships and externships, and jazz studies.

In this interdisciplinary, five-year undergraduate curriculum, you’ll study music history and theory. Coursework emphasizes hands-on learning, including music arrangements, editing, orchestration, performance and recording. The Music Education/Jazz BM program’s education courses delve into teaching instrumentation, rehearsal techniques, listening and articulation, rhythm development and more.

You’ll also have opportunities to explore teaching across grade levels. Students can study elementary, secondary or higher education, as well as special needs education, to gain the groundwork needed to teach a diverse community of future learners and musicians.

Completion of the program requires a concentration and two student teaching placements. The number of required credit hours is between 158 and 161, depending on your concentration.

Choose to concentrate in

  • Instrumental,
  • Piano with a band/orchestra emphasis,
  • Piano with a choral/general emphasis or
  • Voice.

Learn more about the Music Education/Jazz BM concentration requirements.

Successful completion of the program fulfills one of the requirements necessary to apply for a teaching certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Certification permits you to teach students in PreK through grade 12.

Classes & Curriculum

In this degree program, courses will include

  • Collaboration & Creativity in the New Music Community,
  • Composing Music for Films,
  • History of Jazz,
  • Music Learning & Development,
  • Music in History,
  • Music Technology,
  • Orchestration, and
  • Teaching Instrumental Music to Inclusive Populations.

​This program is intended for students with a particular appreciation for the distinctive and eclectic genre of jazz, with available courses including

  • Jazz Arranging,
  • Jazz Improvisation: Theory and Practice,
  • Jazz Style and Analysis, and
  • Seminar in Advanced Jazz Composition and Arranging.

The Boyer College of Music & Dance also offers a general Bachelor of Music in Music Education program.

Learn more about the BM in Music Education/Jazz course requirements.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Music 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 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $20,616.00 per year
Out-of-state: $36,216.00 per year

Program Fees

Music Education Jazz Major students incur additional fees in order to obtain required annual clearances for working with minors in pre-K through grade 12 music settings, and additional fees for required standardized testing registration, score submission and application fees for Level 1 pre-K through grade 12 music certification in Pennsylvania.


You can focus on Music Education Jazz or you can take one of the following concentrations.

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

Additional Program Information