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.



  • 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 have pursued a variety of interests in their theses. Some thesis projects include: The Music of Ralph Towner (lecture and presentation), The Application of the Alexander Technique to Instrumental Practice (lecture and presentation), Aspects of the Music of Sonny Rollins (lecture and presentation with transcriptions),  The Modern Jazz Ballad (lecture and presentation), Analysis of Hindemth’s Tuba Sonata (paper), The Process of Improvisation (paper), Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (performance with analytic commentary), An Analysis of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (paper), and An Introduction to the World of Early Jazz Guitar (paper). Students have also explored the popular music of Brazil, transcribed piano pieces for an instrumental ensemble, and performed original compositions.


How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Music Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Jeffery Kresky, at (973) 720-3470 or at You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at 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.