A broad sense of what popular music is in terms of historical perspective and diversity in musical genre, sophisticated engagement in various social media beyond simply connecting with friends and acquaintances, significant musical experience as a performer, and at least some experience in musical composition arranging, producing, and/or songwriting. As you assemble your audition materials - written statement and audition video - please be mindful of clearly presenting all of the mentioned qualities you possess.
Note: Read these requirements very carefully! Review of completed auditions will begin November 1 for Spring acceptances and Feb 1 for Fall acceptances. Incomplete audition materials will not be considered.
Begin by completing the William Paterson University application. Click Here.
If you are applying for Spring 2024, please complete a Music Department application on Slideroom.
If you are applying for Fall 2024, complete a Music Department application on My Application Status Page.
Please complete an online theory placement test.
An applicant must submit a link to a web-based video, or upload an actual video, of a performance of the required musical scales and work(s) - see below.
Applicants will be judged based on the following criteria: evenness of tempo, intonation, pitch accuracy, musicality, performance ability, musical diversity, and the like. The video should not contain edits within individual scales or during the recording of the performed piece. The video image and the audio should be clear without distortion and without excessive environmental noise. Applicants must be heard above any accompaniment. Applicants are encouraged to include original compositions, songs, live performances, musical arrangements and any additional material that would help the committee make a more accurate determination of your abilities. Please note that these requirements represent the bare minimum for consideration for this program. It is imperative that the submission shows your abilities in the best possible light.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Please go to the website for the Office of International Students and Scholars for additional requirements. Please send all completed documentation to the Office of International Students and Scholars.
For more information, please contact:Music Department Admissionsmusicadmissions@wpunj.edu(973) 720-3466
David Philp, Program Coordinatorphilpd@wpunj.edu (973) 720-3802
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470