Department of Music

Flexibility!

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

Performance!

Exceptional student opportunities with top-notch ensembles.

Jazz!

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

Technology!

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

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The Department of Music at William Paterson University is a community of musician-educators committed to professionalism in performance, teaching, scholarship and creative activity, and community service. We collaborate to create a thriving cultural life on the campus and in the community through challenging academic offerings and performances of the highest artistic level. We provide the resources, guidance, and diverse environment that motivate our students to build and maintain careers in classical and jazz performance and composition, sound engineering arts, music education, and music management. Combining traditional teaching and learning with innovative approaches, the Department gives students the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the contemporary musical environment. Please take a look around and don't hesitate to CONTACT US if we can be of any assistance to you.


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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.

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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.


Important Dates:

For all classical degree programs the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
April 1, 2016 for admittance into Fall semester
November 1, 2015 for admittance into Spring semester

For Jazz Studies and the B.A. with Popular Music Emphasis the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
February 1, 2016 for admittance into Fall semester
November 1, 2016 for admittance into Spring 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, 2016 .
For Cotsakos Awards, the last possible live audition date is February 26, 2016.

Upcoming Live audition dates (Classical candidates only):

November 6th, 2015
January 29th, 2016
February 12th, 2016
February 26th, 2016
March 11th, 2016
April 15th, 2016

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