Music

Music Track

 

The Music Honors Track is designed to enhance the existing degree programs in music. It is not a stand-alone degree.

 

The Track is Ideal For:

  • Music majors of all level with an interest in music as a liberal art beyond its vocational aspects.

 

Curriculum:

  • Four Semesters of Music Honors Seminars
  • Contractually enhanced content selected courses in the student’s particular music major program
  • Capstone project in the senior year- a culmination of the student’s Honors experience, in the form of a lecture, paper, musical score, report of research, recital or performance

               

What projects have students completed in the past?

Students in the Music Track have produced theses with the following titles:

Thesis Title

Student Name

Year

Sensors and Smartphones: How today's technology can be used to improve trombone playing technique

 

Pamela Dragosh

 

2013

A Comparison Analysis of Slide Hampton's Solos with his Arrangements

 

Peter Lin

 

2013

Ned Rorem and Paul Goodman Exploring the genius of a lifelong friendship

 

Brenda Belohoubek

 

2012

Silence

 

David Iacoviello

 

2012

Performance Adaptations for Solo Jazz Guitar Looping

 

Brian Messenger

 

2012

An Analytic Look at the Development of Modern Jazz Piano

 

William Test

 

2011

 

How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Music Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Jeffery Kresky, at (973) 720-3470 or at kreskyj@wpunj.edu. You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at pinkstonj@wpunj.edu. A completed track application must also be submitted to the Honors College. 

 

About the Track Director:

Dr. Jeffery Kresky holds a B.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He is a music theorist, with an emphasis in analysis and criticism; a composer, keyboardist, and conductor; and an author of Tonal Music: 12 Analytic Studies (Indiana), A Reader’s Guide to the Chopin Preludes (Greenwood), and articles and reviews in Perspectives of New Music, Gettysburg Review, and The Music Review. He was appointed to William Paterson University in 1973 and has served as the coordinator of the Music Track since its inception.