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About Music Prep


Music Prep enjoys a reputation nationwide for program innovation and teaching excellence.

Temple Music Prep offers individual lessons and group enrichment opportunities for children and adults. View programs.

Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians is designed specifically for the training of young instrumentalists (strings and harp) who demonstrate great potential for musical achievement.

The Community Music Scholars Program (which includes the Philadelphia String Project at Temple University provides opportunities for school-aged Philadelphia children.


The mission of Temple Music Prep is to provide high quality, non-credit music and dance instruction, and related activities to the Philadelphia Community on behalf of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and Temple University, at-large. Featuring a broad spectrum of offerings, we seek to provide access, excellence and equity in lifelong arts learning. Music Prep also serves as a significant point of access for the Boyer College and Temple University to impact and interact with the community. The organization provides all services with Access/Equity/Excellence as a guiding principle.


The Temple Music Preparatory Division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance was established in 1968 as the Community Music Program in collaboration with the Philadelphia School District, Settlement Music School and Temple University to better serve the musical needs of Philadelphia school children. During the 1970’s Temple University assumed the sole administrative and financial obligation of the program demonstrating its commitment to the community. The administration of this outreach program was delegated to Temple’s Music College (now the Boyer College of Music and Dance) and became the “College of Music Preparatory and Extension Division.”

Founded by Temple’s College of Music in recognition of the importance of music, and offering people of all ages and abilities continuing opportunities for musical growth and enrichment, the College of Music Preparatory and Extension Division had a two-part mission: the Preparatory Division designed for pre-school through high school students who may be considering music as a future career or a serious avocation; and the Extension Division for anyone wishing to develop musical skills and interests through a varied curriculum of private lessons and classes in music literature.

Over the years the program has undergone several name changes, eventually becoming Temple University Music Preparatory Division of the Boyer College of Music and Dance which continues to provide high quality music and dance instruction to children and adults of all ages. Temple Music Prep continues serving the Philadelphia region through the Community Music Scholars Program (soon to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018-19) as well as offering challenging chamber music, harp and larger string ensemble experiences to the members of its Center for Gifted Young Musicians (CGYM) who are among the finest young musicians in the region. The 2016-2017 academic year marked the CGYM’s 30th anniversary.

Professional Affiliations

Temple Music Prep is housed within the Boyer College of Music and Dance, which is part Temple University’s Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts.

Temple Music Prep is a proud member of the following professional organizations:
The National Guild of Community Arts Education
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
National String Project Consortium

In addition, it is a founding school candidate of the
Royal Conservatory Music Development Program

Thank you to our generous funders:

Associated Chamber Music Players
Christopher Ludwick Foundation
Entercom Communications Corp
Friends of CMSP
Loeb Performing Arts Fund of Philadelphia Foundation
The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
The Philadelphia Cultural Fund
PNC through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program
Presser Foundation
Sheila Fortune Foundation
And many more generous individuals

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