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
  • BM in Jazz Studies
  • BM in Music Education
  • BM with an Emphasis in Music & Entertainment Industries
  • BM in Sound Engineering Arts
  • BA in Music
  • BA in Music with Popular Music Emphasis
  • Music Honors
  • Minor in Music & Entertainment Industries
  • Minor in Musical Studies
  • MM in Music Education
  • MM in Jazz Studies & Arranging
  • MM in Jazz Studies & Performance
  • MM in Music & Entertainment Industries
  • MBA with concentration in Music & Entertainment Industries

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 & entertainment industries.

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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.