Department of Music

New Recital Hall!

Many student performances take place in our new state-of-the-art recital hall.

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Flexibility!

Degrees in Classical Performance, Jazz Studies and Performance, Popular Music Studies, Music Education, Music Management, and Sound Engineering Arts.

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Performance!

Exceptional student opportunities with top-notch ensembles.

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Jazz!

One of the nation's oldest and most respected programs, creating a true jazz environment with world-class New York faculty.

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Technology!

State-of-the-art music production and recording studios.

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Professional Experience

Opportunities to gain professional skills on and off-campus.

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The Department of Music provides the opportunity for degrees at the BA, BM, and MM levels. The programs provide the resources, guidance, and diverse environment in the New York metro area that motivates students to build and maintain careers in a variety of music professions.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BM in Performance
    This program, for students who possess both exceptional performance abilities and aspirations, demands an intense commitment to both music practice and academics.
  • BM in Jazz Studies
    The jazz studies program is unique among college programs, offering an emphasis on small-group playing and a genuine commitment to the jazz tradition. One of the nation's five longest-running jazz degree programs, its faculty are all top New York professionals. Students currently come to the jazz program from 23 US states and six foreign countries.
  • BM in Music Education
    The music education program is designed to provide future music educators with a solid basis for professional success as a teacher through courses in performance, theory, music history, music education, education, and liberal studies.
  • BM with an Emphasis in Music Management
    The MA degree in applied sociology is a highly practical program of studies for individuals in the private and public sectors who want to fast forward their careers. Its content is the result of input in focus groups from administrators in corporate and nonprofit settings who do the hiring and promoting. At these on-campus sessions, they informed the sociology faculty of the qualities and skills that they seek in master’s degree students, especially an understanding of diverse cultures and intercultural communication, together with an ability to utilize data analysis to conduct assessments and program evaluations.
  • BM in Sound Engineering Arts
    The William Paterson University Sound Engineering Arts program offers students the essential combination of the technical, theoretical, practical and musical areas of the audio arts.
  • BA in Music
    The music major at William Paterson University offers a platform for surveying the professional musical landscape. Students learn about all areas of the music world: performance, business, education and technology while interacting with students and professionals in those respective areas.
  • BA in Music with Popular Music Emphasis
    The bachelor of arts with popular music emphasis examines contemporary popular music from a global perspective and through the study of social media and songwriting.
  • Music Honors
    In this program, which is an addition to the student's primary music department major (that is, it is not a separate or stand-alone degree program), students attend seminars, perform extra levels of work for several of their regular music department courses, and eventually produce a substantial senior-year capstone project.
  • Minor in Music Management
    Led by an experienced faculty, the minor in music management program is structured to provide the background you need to secure a career in the music and entertainment business.
  • Minor in Musical Studies
    The musical studies minor at William Paterson University offers a platform for surveying the professional musical landscape including performance, business, education and technology.
  • MM in Music Education
    The music education concentration allows students to enhance teaching skills, bring performance skills to a higher level, and gain greater personal insight into the field of music education.
  • MM in Jazz Studies & Arranging
    The jazz studies concentration offers a comprehensive experience in enhanced small jazz ensemble, solo performance, and arranging/composition and the potential for high-level, primary source research and writing only available in the New York area.
  • MM in Jazz Studies & Performance
    The jazz studies concentration offers a comprehensive experience in enhanced small jazz ensemble, solo performance, and arranging/composition and the potential for high-level, primary source research and writing only available in the New York area.
  • MM in Music Management
    The music management concentration provides advanced education in the areas of music business, music management, entrepreneurship and entertainment law as they pertain to the recording industry. Through extensive and ongoing contact with industry representatives from the New York area, students develop a clear understanding of field.
  • MBA with concentration in Music Management
    The MBA in music management concentration provides advanced education in the areas of music business, music management, entrepreneurship and entertainment law. With the University's proximity to New York City, our MBA enables students to capitalize on our industry connections and become immersed in the industry environment.
The William Paterson Music Department provides the resources, guidance, and diverse environment in the New York metro area that motivates our music students to build and maintain careers in a variety of music professions. Students are prepared for careers in classical performance and composition, jazz performance and composition, sound engineering arts, music education, and music management.
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Department Spotlight

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Daniel Spadaro '16 interviewed aspiring artists of various musical genres. He then wrote, produced, and recorded songs in their styles to depict their stories for his research project "More Than a Song". Spadaro plans a career in songwriting, producing, and performing.