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
  • One semester of research methods
  • 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 have pursued a variety of interests in their theses. Some thesis projects include: The Music of Ralph Towner (a lecture and presentation), The Application of the Alexander Technique to Instrumental Practice (lecture and presentation), Aspects of the Music of Sonny Rollins (lecture and presentation with transcriptions), The Modern Jazz Ballad (lecture and presentation), Analysis of Hindemth’s Tuba Sonata (a paper), The Process of Improvisation (paper), Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin (a performance with analytic commentary), An Analysis of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (paper), and An Introduction to the World of Early Jazz Guitar (paper). Students have also explored the popular music of Brazil, transcribed piano pieces for an instrumental ensemble, and performed original compositions.

Who should apply?
Music majors of all levels with an interest in music as a liberal art beyond its vocational aspects.

Required Track Courses
1. MUSI 4960 Music Honors Research Methods (taken in sophomore or junior year) (2 credits) 
2. MUSI 4970 Music Honors Seminar (must be taken in four consecutive semesters) (1 credit)
3. MUSI 4980 Music Honors Project (must be taken at least once in senior year) (2 credits)

How do I enroll?
To enroll in the Music Honors Track, contact the director, Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto, to complete an initial interview. You must also complete the track application online following the interview process.

About the Track Director:

Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at William Paterson University. She conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting and courses in music education. Prior to her position at William Paterson she served as Associate Director of Choral Activities in the School of Music at the University of Southern Mississippi. Before that, she served for fifteen years as the Director of Choral Studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA where she conducted the CNU Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Men’s Chorus, and taught graduate and undergraduate conducting, as well as applied voice and vocal improvisation. Previous positions include Associate Director of Choirs and Specialist in Choral Music Education and Vocal Jazz at Iowa State University, as well as the University of South Dakota and St. Norbert College. Dr. Fowler-Calisto received her Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Choral Conducting with a cognate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and a Master of Music in Performance degree in conducting from the University of Arizona.