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Instrumental Studies

Chair: Terell Stafford

Instrumental Studies Faculty
Instrumental Studies Ensembles

Degree Programs


B.M. Instrumental Performance

B.M. Guitar Performance



M.M. Violin Performance
M.M. Viola Performance
M.M. Cello Performance
M.M. Double Bass Performance
M.M. Classical Guitar Performance

M.M. Harp Performance

M.M. String Pedagogy

M.M. Percussion Performance

Winds and Brass
M.M. Instrumental Conducting

M.M. Flute Performance

M.M. Clarinet Performance
M.M. Euphonium
M.M. Oboe Performance

M.M. Bassoon Performance

M.M. Saxophone Performance
M.M. Horn Performance
M.M. Trumpet Performance

M.M. Trombone Performance

M.M. Tuba Performance

Professional Studies Certificate    



D.M.A. Violin Performance
D.M.A. Viola Performance
D.M.A. Cello Performance
D.M.A. Double Bass Performance
D.M.A. Harp Performance

D.M.A. Percussion Performance

Winds and Brass
D.M.A. Flute Performance
D.M.A. Clarinet Performance
D.M.A. Euphonium
D.M.A. Oboe Performance
D.M.A. Bassoon Performance
D.M.A. Horn Performance
D.M.A. Trumpet Performance
D.M.A. Trombone Performance
D.M.A. Tuba Performance

The Boyer College of Music and Dance is a community of scholars, musicians and dancers. As an instrumental major, your instrument is a main source for gaining understanding of the art of music and communicating that understanding to others. Boyer is dedicated to helping its students achieve instrumental mastery as well as the comprehensive education necessary to become well-rounded professional musicians.

All instrumental students, whether performance, music education, music therapy, theory, music history or composition majors, receive one lesson per week from full-and part-time faculty, one-half of whom are members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The Department of Instrumental Studies provides the potential professional performer and/or teacher with the finest instrumental training within the context of a comprehensive undergraduate program.

Individual study with exemplary faculty enables each student to achieve a high level of proficiency on a major instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, classical guitar).  A high level of participation in ensembles provides performance experience and broad knowledge of the literature.

Specialized coursework develops expertise in reading, writing, analysis, musical styles and performance practices that mark the professional performer. In addition, those students in the Bachelor of Music program acquire an understanding of history and culture through non-music academic coursework in a wide range of disciplines.

Master Classes and Guest Artists
Boyer College and the Department of Instrumental Studies collaborate to present master classes, faculty and guest artist recitals and lectures that bring internationally acclaimed musicians to campus. Recent and upcoming guest artists include

David Kim
Lynn Harrell
Ricardo Morales
Nitzan Haroz
Anthony McGill

Pamela Frank
Michael Tree
Momenta Quartet
American Brass Quintet
Canadian Brass

Artistic Director Dr. Eduard Schmieder
All students who play bowed string instruments and are registered for lessons perform in the symphony orchestra, with violin, viola and cello performance majors also placed with a chamber music ensemble each semester. Chamber ensembles have one coaching per week and perform near the end of each semester. Double bass students have the opportunity to work in bass class each semester (which rotates between bass ensemble music and orchestral repertoire), while harp and guitar students have seminar classes on their instruments and participate in mixed chamber music at least twice during their degree program. Harpists also perform in Boyer’s large ensembles as repertoire dictates.

Percussion Studies
Artistic Director Phillip O'Banion
The percussion program provides students with many opportunities to perform in symphony orchestra, percussion ensemble, wind symphony, contemporary ensemble, marching band and jazz ensembles. A diverse View Curriculum and Information, which benefits from the best research and practices in the percussion field, compliments private instruction and ensemble coaching by faculty and guest clinicians who are musicians of the highest artistic caliber. In addition to performing a broad repertoire of contemporary percussion literature, students greatly benefit from participating in large and small ensembles that cover a wide range of traditional literature.

Read about Percussion Studies

Woodwinds and Brass
Through the university orchestras, bands and chamber music ensembles, woodwind and brass players have extensive performance opportunities at Boyer. In the large ensembles, students regularly study and perform standard concert literature as well as contemporary repertoire. With a large number of the studio faculty drawn from The Philadelphia Orchestra and other major metropolitan performing organizations, students have the opportunity to study with world-class teachers who make music each day at the highest levels of artistry.

Read about Temple University Bands.