Music Track


The Music Honors Track is designed to enhance the existing degree programs in music. It is not a stand-alone degree.


The Track is Ideal For:

  • Music majors of all level with an interest in music as a liberal art beyond its vocational aspects.



  • Four Semesters of Music Honors Seminars
  • Contractually enhanced content selected courses in the student’s particular music major program
  • Capstone project in the senior year- a culmination of the student’s Honors experience, in the form of a lecture, paper, musical score, report of research, recital or performance


What projects have students completed in the past?

Students in the Music Track have produced theses with the following titles:


Thesis Title

Student Name


Winter (Composition for Solo Marimba)


Samir Egusquiza



Keith Jarrett: A brief overview of his solo improvisational concerts


Samuel Javitch



WPU Songwriters for a Cause: Event Execution and Evaluation


Ashley Overa



Compositions of Duke Pearson


Eric Zolan



Sensors and Smartphones: How today's technology can be used to improve trombone playing technique


Pamela Dragosh



A Comparison Analysis of Slide Hampton's Solos with his Arrangements


Peter Lin



Ned Rorem and Paul Goodman Exploring the genius of a lifelong friendship


Brenda Belohoubek





David Iacoviello



Performance Adaptations for Solo Jazz Guitar Looping


Brian Messenger



An Analytic Look at the Development of Modern Jazz Piano


William Test



How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Music Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Jeffery Kresky, at (973) 720-3470 or at You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at A completed track application must also be submitted to the Honors College. 


About the Track Director:

Dr. Jeffery Kresky holds a B.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Princeton. He is a music theorist, with an emphasis in analysis and criticism; a composer, keyboardist, and conductor; and an author of Tonal Music: 12 Analytic Studies (Indiana), A Reader’s Guide to the Chopin Preludes (Greenwood), and articles and reviews in Perspectives of New Music, Gettysburg Review, and The Music Review. He was appointed to William Paterson University in 1973 and has served as the coordinator of the Music Track since its inception.