Department of Music


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

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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Kenny Garrett Named Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University
Grammy Award-winner is one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation

Kenny Garrett, the internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, bandleader, arranger, and composer, has been appointed director of the Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.

Garrett, who will join the University faculty on September 1, becomes the fifth world-renowned musician to lead the program. Founded in 1973, the program has been directed by legendary trumpeter and composer/arranger Thad Jones, renowned bassist Rufus Reid, and internationally acclaimed pianist James Williams. Most recently, the program was directed by preeminent pianist Mulgrew Miller, who died in May 2013.

Considered one of today’s most influential jazz saxophonists, Garrett began his career in 1974, at age 18, as a member of the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, only four years after Duke Ellington’s death. The band’s pianist was Mulgrew Miller; the two musicians began a lifelong close friendship. Later, Garrett became a regular member of bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey, and Joe Henderson, and he shared the world’s stages for more than five years with the iconic Miles Davis.

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Season #2 of Music Biz 101 & More To Debut September 3rd

Season #2 of Music Biz 101 & More, the only radio show/podcast in the United States of America that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment biz, will debut on WPSC - Brave New Radio Wednesday, September 3rd at 8PM. Hosted by the WP Music Department's Dr. Steve Marcone and Professor Dave Philp, Music Biz 101 & More combines industry-insider in-depth interviews with information students & DIY musicians want to know.

Music Biz 101 & More will air each Wednesday night, during the school year, at 8pm on WPSC - Brave New Radio (88.7 FM). Stream it live HERE. Or download the show from your mobile device at

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.

Columbia Jazz Group

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.

Collage 2014

Hindemithon 2014

Now That's What I Call Pop

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! 


The WP Orchestra at Lincoln Center

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.

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.

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.
For Cotsakos Awards, the last possible live audition date is February 27, 2015.

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