Bachelor of Music in Performance

Develop the skills to play music professionally with the Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance in Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. You’ll choose from a range of instrumental concentrations, or you can concentrate in classical guitar, double bass or saxophone. This 124-credit, full-time bachelor’s degree prepares you with intensive coaching and training by faculty from well-known institutions such as the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The liberal arts curriculum in the Bachelor of Music in Performance emphasizes both solo music and full orchestral performance through hands-on instruction, providing pathways for careers in all facets of musical performance. Coursework also focuses on specifics business aspects of the field to prepare you for the professional world.

Some of the degree program courses include

  • conducting, which enhances your knowledge of conducting techniques for both choral and instrumental organizations;
  • music history, which takes a deep dive into music history, style, and musical forms from antiquity through present day; and
  • music theory, which focuses on analysis of music literature harmonization of melodies.

As part of the Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts, Performance BM students have opportunities to participate in ensembles and productions at the Temple Performing Arts Center, in addition to the Kimmel Center and the iconic Lincoln Center in New York City.

Drummer performing on stage.


Choose to focus on one of the following concentrations.

Classes & Curriculum

In addition to requisite general education courses, all students in the Performance BM are required to take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses in music history. Additionally, some of the core coursework varies depending on your chosen concentration.

Learn more about course requirements for each concentration in the Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance.

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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 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $18,552.00 per year
Out-of-state: $31,680.00 per year


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

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

Additional Program Information