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Undergraduate Music Degrees at William Paterson University

voice04The William Paterson University Department of Music offers a full array of professional and liberal arts degrees in music. Whether your focus is classical, jazz, performance, composition, music education, music and entertainment industries, or sound engineering arts, our Music Department is filled with qualified and creative faculty that will support your educational needs.

Bachelor of Music Programs:


This program is for students who possess both exceptional performance abilities and aspirations, demanding an intense commitment to both music practice and academics.

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.

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. 

Emphasis in Music & Entertainment Industries

Billboard Magazine, the top trade magazine for the music industry, has listed William Paterson University in New Jersey as having one of the top Music Business programs in the country.

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.

Classical + Jazz

In both of these programs, students study privately each semester in jazz and classical areas, they participate in elite chamber ensembles and in some of the 24 small groups in the Jazz Studies Program.

Bachelor of Arts Programs

Musical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Musical Studies at William Paterson University, serving the New York metro area, 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.

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. 

Other Undergraduate Music Programs of Interest

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 & Entertainment Industries

Led by an experienced faculty, the Minor in Music & Entertainment Industries program is structured to provide the background you need to secure a career in the music and entertainment business. 

Minor in Digital Music Creation

This minor is for students interested in creating musical tracks for songs, for beat making, for animation, for sound scapes, and for video. The two main courses - Digital Music Creation I and II - will step the student through the process of creating a complete and compelling musical production beginning with the very basics of digital audio workstations and ending with a completed album in collaboration with other musical creators. The use of the laptop as a complete production tool is the core of these courses.

Minor in Musical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Music minor at William Paterson University offers a platform for surveying the professional musical landscape including performance, business, education and technology.


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