Music Education

Music Education Philosophy


At William Paterson University we believe that excellence in music education begins with excellence in musicianship and performance developed by way of

  1. intensive study on a major instrument and participation in performing ensembles
  2. a thorough knowledge of music theory, history, and literature
  3. an understanding of current instrumental, vocal, and general music teaching methods and techniques, and
  4. an awareness of their historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, cultural, and aesthetic foundations and implications.

Our music education program provides the knowledge, skills, flexibility, and versatility required to meet the demands of contemporary educational settings. Through the study of important topics in music education, including performance, general, instrumental and choral music education and technology, our graduates are consistently recognized as having a well-rounded, down to earth approach to teaching music.