Undergraduate Jazz/Classical Performance Degree

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First: Check out our audition requirements.
Second: Apply to William Paterson University HERE.
Third: Receive email with instructions for Music Department Application.

Upon submission of the University Application, you will receive an email with your Student ID (a 9-digit code that begins with 855) and instructions for submitting Music Department application materials online.

Fourth: Log into Decision Desk to complete the Music Application.

Here you will complete your music department application and upload your recorded audition and other materials:

  • An essay, approximately 300 words, describing your personal, artistic, and career goals (Word or PDF only).
  • A list of major solo material and repertoire studied during the past three years (Word or PDF only).
  • Names and email addresses of two references who can speak to your character and abilities. One reference must be a music educator or studio teacher. They will then be contacted by the Music Department.
Fifth: Come to campus for a live audition and placement tests.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please go to the website for the Office of International Students and Scholars for additional requirements. Please send all completed documentation to the Office of International Students and Scholars.

    Important Dates:

    For all classical degree programs the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
    April 1, 2015 for admittance into Fall semester
    October 27, 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 is February 1, 2015. There is no spring matriculation for these programs. There are no live auditions for these degree programs; only audio and video recordings are accepted.

    All application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2015 for priority academic, Cotsakos awards and music talent scholarship consideration.
    For Cotsakos Awards, the last possible live audition date is February 27, 2015.

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