Temple’s Main Campus is home to a range of classroom and performance facilities for music and dance students, including a number of performing arts venues for student ensembles.
Presser Hall is one of nine buildings that houses Boyer College of Music and Dance. It is open 24 hours during the academic year for students. The building features state-of-the-art AV and recording equipment, labs and rehearsal rooms.
Presser Hall is home to 54 practice rooms, including Wenger sound-isolated practice rooms and a three-room recording studio. In addition, two of the Wenger practice rooms in Presser Hall have virtual acoustic environment effects installed. The Presser Listening Library houses tens of thousands of LPs and CDs in a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, opera and musical theater.
Temple Performing Arts Center
Temple Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is where Boyer’s large ensembles perform, including the orchestra, wind symphony, choirs, percussion and jazz band. TPAC is also home to Lew Klein’s auditorium and Boyer’s annual MOSAIC concert during Homecoming weekend. During the school year, the center will host holiday concerts, film screenings, receptions, guest lectures and classes.
Conwell Dance Theater
The Conwell Dance Theater is a fully equipped 175-seat black box theater, with a sprung wood dance floor, and full lighting, projections and sound capability.
Rock Hall features a 325-seat auditorium with surround sound and 6500 lumens Panasonic video projection. It is equipped with practice rooms, computer music labs, small ensemble rehearsal rooms, an audition room, a green room, and harpsichord- and harp-dedicated rooms.
Temple University Center City
Temple University Center City (TUCC) is located just across the street from City Hall, surrounded by the home offices of major national corporations. TUCC is the continuing education destination for aspiring owls in the central part of Philadelphia. For Boyer students, TUCC offers a PhD in Music Therapy. However, interested students may have to take one or more courses on another campus to complete this degree at Temple University Center City.
Arts & Quality of Life Research Center
Boyer’s Music Department complements its robust music programs with original scholarly research generated by the Arts & Quality of Life Research Center. There, scholars research and demonstrate the ways in which music and the arts enhance human functioning and well-being. Researchers have investigated
- art- and music-based methods for helping medical personnel avoid stress overload;
- use of choral arts/music therapy to assist patients coping with HIV/AIDS;
- use of a music therapy/songwriting program to help at-risk youth cope with stress;
- impact of music and the arts on quality of life in behavioral, cognitive, physiological, psychological and social areas; and more.
The Center has received research funding from
- Christopher Reeve Foundation,
- Johnson & Johnson,
- National Endowment for the Arts,
- Provost Seed Grant,
- Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and
- State of Pennsylvania Formula Fund.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed the university among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.