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Music Studies

Chair: Dr. Cynthia Folio

Doctor Cynthia Folio, Chair

Hello and welcome to the Music Studies Department at the Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University.

As the chair of the department, I have the privilege of working with a talented group of students and faculty, whose interests range from Baroque opera to queer identity bands.  Our goal is to create an environment where students can flourish under the close direction of faculty mentors and our faculty are able to produce world-class scholarship.  

The department boasts a distinguished faculty with particular strengths in electro-acoustic music, music composition and visuals, music of the Baroque, music of Russia, opera, gender and identity studies, popular music (analysis and cultural studies), Schenkerian and post-tonal analysis, pedagogy of theory and musicology, hermeneutics, and critical theory.

Our students gain valuable experience in research and teaching, preparing them for the changing landscape of music studies. A weekly colloquium features leaders in composition, musicology, and theory, in addition to sessions on professional development. Our student organizations, ConTemplum (for composition), and Themus (theory and musicology) organize concerts of student works and conferences for graduate research. The department’s faculty and students constantly seek new and innovative ways to engage with the creation and study of music.

I invite you to explore all that our programs have to offer as well as the many upcoming events that we have available to the academic community.  

Warmest Regards,
Cynthia Folio
Chair, Department of Music Studies
Professor of Music Theory



B.M. Composition
B.M. Music History
B.M. Music Theory
B.S. Music Technology
B.S. Music

M.M. Composition
M.M. Music History
M.M. Music Theory
M.A. Music
M.S. Music
M.S. Music Technology

Ph.D. Music

Bachelor of Music - Composition, Music History, Music Theory
Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

Students in the undergraduate degree programs are given the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge as musicians through the core music curriculum and specialized coursework. Composition students are able to hone their skills as composers through private lessons and the assemblage of a final portfolio of compositions. History and Theory students begin to develop a specialized area of knowlege as scholars through coursework and study with faculty advisors. Bachelor of Science in Music Technology prepares students for entry level jobs in the music technology field or to pursue graduate education in music technology at top graduate programs nationally.

Master of Music - Composition, Music History, Music Theory
Master of Science in Music Technology
The 2-year master's programs consist of small seminar courses and individualized study with faculty advisors. The M.M. degrees are designed to prepare students for further study in doctoral programs and the M.S. Music Technology degree is designed to prepare students for professional work through specialized research, creative work, and practical experience in the field.

Students entering the M.M.programs should have a reading knowledge of a foreign language, a well-rounded background in music history and theory, and should be able to write clearly and correctly in English. A master’s written project is the culmination of this program. A culminating written project is required for the history and theory degrees, and a final portfolio is required for the composition and for the technology degree.

Ph.D. Music
The Music Ph.D. program includes four concentrations: Composition, Music Studies, Music Theory, and Musicology. Each concentration includes a small core of required courses, allowing students to develop their remaining coursework with an advisor to focus on their particular scholarly or creative interests. The concentration in Music Studies allows students to combine disciplines (e.g., Music Theory/Composition or Musicology/Music Theory) in order to face the changes evident in the scholarly/creative fields in music departments throughout the world.