Graduate Certificate On Campus

Jazz Studies Composition Certificate

24 months
1392 USD/credit 9048 USD/year
1392 USD/credit 9048 USD/year
793 USD/credit 5154 USD/year
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Form an understanding of jazz in the city that inspired its growth and popularity with the Jazz Studies Composition Certificate in Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. 


Study Jazz Studies Composition Certificate at Temple University to further develop your knowledge of the genre.

This four-course, 13-credit certificate program is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at Temple who has completed at least 15 credit hours of coursework. Through the curriculum, you’ll learn

  • jazz and pop composition;
  • the history of jazz and how it has evolved; and
  • the influence of jazz on other music genres, from blues to soul to hip-hop.

About this Program

You’ll study how to identify the desired notes and chords for your composition, tailored for your chosen instrument. Learn arrangements that fueled the swing movement, which started in Philadelphia with jazz players like Charlie Gaines and Frankie Fairfax. Seminars in jazz composition and arranging explore bebop, made popular by the achievements of Philadelphia musicians Benny Golson and Lee Morgan. You’ll develop a holistic understanding of the genre, how to play and its iconic influence on music.

Programme Structure


  • Jazz Arranging 
  • Seminar in Jazz Composition & Arranging
  • Seminar in Advanced Jazz Composition & Arranging
  • Topics in Music Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


13 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students must also submit one original jazz arrangement. Arrangements must be a minimum of 12 measures and submitted as a PDF document.
  • To be accepted into a certificate program, students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least 15 credits at Temple University by the initial requested semester of certificate coursework. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9048 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1392 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    9048 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1392 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    5154 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 793 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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