Students may pursue an undergraduate music education degree in either classical or jazz idioms, based on their audition. Audition requirements may be seen in the auditions section of the website. Students whose major instrument is a traditional band or orchestra instrument typically follow the instrumental concentration while those who study voice, piano, or guitar usually follow the vocal concentration.
As a Bachelor of Music degree, the music education curriculum consists of demanding coursework in music as well as in education. All students receive a weekly 50 minute private lesson on their primary instrument, perform in large and small ensembles, and are featured as performers during our weekly recital hour.
Undergraduate students seeking initial teacher certification usually begin taking Professional Education Sequence courses in their 5th semester in partnership with William Paterson University’s College of Education. These courses include classroom work as well as clinical experiences in New Jersey public schools, which are administered through the College of Education's K-12 Subject Area certification program. Upon successful completion of all course work, exam requirements, and clinical experiences, graduating students will be recommended to the state to receive a New Jersey teaching certificate for comprehensive music, grades N-12.
Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in music may obtain their New Jersey teacher certification (Subject Matter K-12 in Music) through the Master of Arts in Teaching, which is administered by the through the College of Education at William Paterson University. Students interested in this program should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for application information as well as the current coordinator of the Master of Arts in Teaching.
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470