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.
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.
Department of Music
Jazz Students Colombia Bound!
William Paterson faculty member Dr. Timothy Newman will be leading a group of WPU jazz studies students on a two-week tour of Colombia from June 8-22, 2014. They will perform at festivals and teach at jazz camps in the cities of Medellin, Manizales, and Pereira. The program is run by the Centro Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia, a non-profit educational and cultural organization whose mission is to promote human development through programs and services that foster the exchange of knowledge among Colombia, the United States and other countries.
Left to right: Matt Tischio, tenor saxophone (Verona, New Jersey, USA): junior B.M. Jazz Performance; Dr. Timothy Newman, trombone; Kelly Green, piano (Longwood, Florida, USA): second year M.M. Jazz Performance; Timothy Ford, drums (Brooklyn, NY, USA): junior, B.M. Jazz Performance; Daseul Kim, bass (Seoul, S. Korea): senior B.M Jazz Performance.
Jazz Legend Barry Harris works with WP jazz students
WP Music Alum Playing with Beyoncé at the Super Bowl!
Check out William Paterson alum Crystal Torres (trumpet), rehearsing with Beyoncé for the Super Bowl halftime show!
Our new degree in Popular Music Studies
The William Paterson University Symphony Orchestra and Choir before their concert at Avery Fisher Hall at New York City's Lincoln Center, March 26, 2011.
Dates To Remember:
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. There is no spring matriculation for these programs. There are no live auditions for these degree programs; only audio and video recordings are accepted.
Upcoming Live audition dates (Classical candidates only):
November 7, 2014 (For admittance into Spring semester only)
January 30, 2015
February 13, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015
All application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2015 for priority academic, Cotsakos awards and music talent scholarship consideration.