The faculty of William Paterson University believes that the professional music educator must be a complete musician/performer with
- performing skills developed through intensive study on a major and minor instrument and participation in performing ensembles;
- a thorough knowledge of music theory, history, and literature;
- an understanding of current instrumental, vocal, and general music teaching methods and techniques, and
- an awareness of their historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, and aesthetic foundations and implications.
Our music education program provides the knowledge, skills, flexibility, and versatility required to meet the demands of contemporary educational settings. Through the study of important topics in music education, including performance, general, instrumental and choral music education, and technology, our graduates are consistently recognized as having a well-rounded, down to earth approach to teaching music.