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Jazz Studies, M.Mus.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) Philadelphia, PA, United States
Develop technical expertise and cultivate your artistic vision with a Master of Music in Jazz Studies in Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance. Open to instrumental and voice students with a Bachelor of Music degree or its equivalent, graduates of the Jazz Studies MM degree program become accomplished jazz musicians. 

Overview

Program Overview

The Jazz Studies 30-credit master’s program at Temple University is offered on both a part-time and full-time basis. You’ll focus on career development and entrepreneurial techniques to help you meet your professional objectives after completion of the program.   

The internationally renowned Jazz Studies faculty deliver an expansive program blending advanced training in ensemble, jazz performance and studio with rigorous academic coursework vital to the field. You’ll have numerous opportunities to participate in both large and small ensembles, providing a comprehensive performance experience in both solo and ensemble playing. Learn more about opportunities with student ensembles. In addition to the opportunities Jazz Studies students have on campus, Philadelphia is a thriving location for graduates seeking to perform professionally.

There are frequent master classes and guest performances by prominent artists and educators. Recent guests include John Clayton, Jon Faddis, Tia Fuller, Wycliffe Gordon, Fred Hersch, Ingrid Jenson, Joe Lovano and Chris Potter.

Each spring, the Jazz Studies program hosts Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Festival, during which Jazz Studies faculty lead performances, clinics and master classes for local high school jazz bands.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business of Music;  
  • Jazz Major
  • Seminar in Jazz Arranging;  
  • Seminar in Jazz Composition; 
  • Special Topics in Jazz Pedagogy;
  • Theory Seminar;
  • Topics in Music History.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The degree program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Standardized Test Scores: Test scores, such as the GMAT or GRE, are optional.

    This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Take a standardized test (GMAT, GRE) (optional)
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1423 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1423 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
  • National

    1423 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1423 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
  • In-State

    1068 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1068 USD per credit and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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