Department of Music

New Recital Hall!

Many student performances take place in our new state-of-the-art recital hall.


Degrees in Classical Performance, Jazz Studies and Performance, Popular Music Studies, Music Education, Music Management, and Sound Engineering Arts.


Exceptional student opportunities with top-notch ensembles.


One of the nation's oldest and most respected programs, creating a true jazz environment with world-class New York faculty.


State-of-the-art music production and recording studios.

Professional Experience!

Opportunities to gain professional skills on and off-campus.

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The Department of Music at William Paterson University is a thriving music program in the New York and New Jersey area. This is a community of musician-educators committed to professionalism in performance, teaching, scholarship, creative activity and community service.

Our music program is collaborative effort that has created a thriving cultural life on our New Jersey campus and in the community through challenging music academic offerings and performances of the highest artistic level. The William Paterson music department provides the resources, guidance, and diverse environment in the New York metro area that motivates our music students to build and maintain careers in a variety of music professions including:

  • Classical
  • Classical Performance and Composition
  • Jazz Performance and Composition
  • Sound Engineering Arts
  • Music Education
  • Music & Entertainment Industries

Combining traditional teaching and learning with innovative approaches, the Music Department of graduate and undergraduate musical studies gives students the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the contemporary musical environment. William Paterson is also conveniently located close to New York City, offering exposure to so many artistic and musical opportunities.

Please take a look around and don't hesitate to CONTACT US if we can be of any assistance to you.




Sonic Divide




pop unplugged



Professional Workshop Fall, 2016

Professor Pete McGuinness in Downbeat

Professor Pete McGuinness in Down Beat Magazine


Warner Music Artist Services' Dan Goldberg & Matt Young: Your 2016-2017 Resident Experts

Summer, 2016 (Cape May!) 016

The William Paterson University Music Management program is happy to announce that Dan Goldberg and Matt Young of Warner Music Artist Services will serve as the program’s 2016-2017 Resident Experts.  They will visit the Wayne, New Jersey campus frequently during both fall and spring semesters, visiting classes, lecturing, and helping mentor one of the country’s leading music business programs.  Click on the image for more details.

Music Management/Popular Music Students Travel To Nashville's Music Biz 2016

In May, 2016, WP Music Department professors and Music Biz 101 & More co-hosts, Dr. Steve Marcone and David Kirk Philp, led 20 graduate and undergraduate students to Nashville, Tennessee for the 2016 Music Biz convention.  Click for a visual recap of the students' accomplishments.





Spring Choral Concert:  Love, Faith and Nature

Wednesday, April 27th, Shea Auditorium

WP Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

Featuring: Leonard Bernstein's popular Chichester Psalms with guest artists: Apprentice Choristers of the Newark Boys' Chorus School,WP Percussion Ensemble, Beth Robinson, Harp, Lois Buesser, Organ

Also including selections by Sting, Antonin Dvorak, Williametta Spencer, popular Estonian artist Tõnis Mägi, and others.


Percussion Department Video

Hobart Trio April 10, 2016 2:00PM


WP’s Steve Marcone And Band, Jam Factory, To Be Inducted Into Syracuse Hall Of Fame  

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Jam Factory

New Music

Mike Easterlin


Director of Jazz Studies Bill Charlap wins this year's Grammy Award with Tony Bennett for best traditional pop vocal album ('The Silver Lining: The Songs of John Kern')

Bill Charlap and Tony Bennet Grammy 2016


collage 2015 flyer

CLICK HERE for more information

Music Biz 101 Live Panel 2015

Pop Seminar 2015


Music Biz 101 logo

Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show/Podcast: The New Season

The Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast’s Season #3 begins September 2nd – new guests, new producers, additional distribution, and more! Click for details.

WP Musicians Make News in India

Dr. Payton MacDonald and a group of William Paterson Music students studying in India this summer were featured in this article published in a Bhopal newspaper.


WP Musicians in Birzeit

WP faculty member Dr. Carol Frierson-Campbell and a group of recent graduates from WP's Master of Music program are in the village of Birzeit on the West Bank for a three-week residency working at the Birzeit Activity Center of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, a pre-collegiate music conservatory with five branches across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Here WP graduate Artemisz Polonyi coaches the Palestine Youth Orchestra.

Artemisz Polonyi coaches the Palestine Youth Orchestra

WP Faculty Clarinetist Andy Lamy's New Blackthorn Stick

WP's own Andy Lamy is making news with his new recording of Irish music The New Blackthorn Stick. Read all about it HERE

The New Blackthorn Stick

WP Music Business Programs Team Up With Warner Music Group

William Paterson University’s Music Management and Popular Music Studies programs are teaming up with the Warner Music Group. As part of this association, qualified WP students will be encouraged to apply for WMG internship opportunities. William Paterson University students will also have access to WMG professionals in a variety of departments, including A&R, Sales, Direct 2 Consumer, and Marketing. Also, rather than feature one individual as the next Music Business Visiting Expert-In-Residence, the 2015-2016 academic year will feature multiple personnel from the Warner Music Group. For details, click here.

Upcoming Live audition dates (Classical candidates only):

Nov. 3, 2017
Jan. 26, 2018
Feb. 16, 2018
Feb. 23, 2018
Mar. 9, 2018
Apr. 13, 2018

Important Dates:

For all classical degree programs the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
November 1 for admittance into Spring semester.
April 1 for admittance into Fall semester.

For Jazz Studies and the B.A. with Popular Music Emphasis the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
November 15 for admittance into Spring semester.
February 1 for admittance into Fall semester.
There are no live auditions for these degree programs; only audio and video recordings are accepted.

For priority academic, Cotsakos awards, and music talent scholarship consideration, all application materials must be submitted by February 1.
For Cotsakos Awards, the last possible live audition date is February 23, 2018.

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