Music History Undergraduate Certificate

Take a deep dive into the different figures, genres, literature and time periods that impact the evolution of music with the Music History Undergraduate Certificate in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance.

You’ll learn how music has served as a cultural cornerstone for the progression of challenges, events and perspectives in society over time. You’ll also understand how performers and audiences alike have changed. Explore these topics and more throughout the curriculum, which is ideal for students who

  • want to study history, musical forms and style from antiquity through the Renaissance;
  • have a personal or professional interest in music; and
  • seek to broaden their academic focus to incorporate subjects in music that may be valuable in a professional or graduate study setting.

To enroll in the 13-credit certificate program, undergraduate students must be in good standing and have completed at least 15 credits at Temple University.

Classes & Curriculum

The Music History certificate program comprises core required courses. There are no exit requirements, comprehensive exams, theses, or practica required for the certificate, but the program should be completed within six semesters. Certificate completion is acknowledged on the official transcript when bachelor’s degrees are awarded.

Required courses include

  • Music History and
  • Topics in Music Theory.

Students take three music history courses, each covering different time periods, including

  • antiquity through the Renaissance,
  • Baroque and
  • preclassical to early romantic.

Learn more about coursework for the Music History Undergraduate Certificate.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Certificate 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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No concentrations are available for the Certificate Program in Music History.


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