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.
Opportunities to gain professional skills on and off-campus.
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 Performance and Composition
Jazz Performance and Composition
Sound Engineering Arts
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.
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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
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.
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
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):
January 27th, 2017 February 10th, 2017 February 24th, 2017 March 10th, 2017 April 21st, 2017
For all classical degree programs the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are: November 1, 2016 for admittance into Spring semester. April 1, 2017 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, 2016 for admittance into Spring semester. February 1, 2017 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, 2017 . For Cotsakos Awards, the last possible live audition date is February 24, 2017.