Bachelor of Music in Theory

Sharpen your analytical abilities through the study of counterpoint, keyboard and orchestration with the Bachelor of Music (BM) in Theory degree program in Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Prepare to be a well-rounded musician and apply your skills to composition, performance, research or teaching.

The Department of Music Studies emphasizes the ability to analyze both tonal and contemporary music. Through coursework and practice you will acquire compositional facility in a variety of styles. Enhance your skills in theory by studying

  • analysis,
  • counterpoint,
  • ear training,
  • harmony,
  • keyboard and
  • orchestration.

Students seeking this full-time, 123-credit degree in Music Theory will choose a concentration of Instrumental, Piano or Voice.

Classes & Curriculum

The Bachelor of Music in Theory curriculum includes

  • Basic Conducting,
  • Counterpoint,
  • Music in History and
  • Theory Seminar.

Ensemble practice courses such as Concert Choir and Instrumental Ensemble make up a significant portion of the curriculum. Students also complete Temple’s General Studies curriculum and take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses.

Learn more about required and elective courses for the Bachelor of Music in Theory degree.

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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


You can focus on Theory 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

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