The Department of Music at William Paterson University is a trendsetter, offering music degrees with a practical edge that is critical to building successful futures for musicians.
These programs have emphases from Classical to Jazz to Popular Music with concentrations in Music Education, Music Management, Performance, and Sound Engineering.
The Jazz Studies Program at William Paterson University is unique among college programs. It is one of the few in the country with a real emphasis on small-group playing and a genuine commitment to the jazz tradition. Its artist/teacher faculty is made up of world-class New York area professionals and is second to none. This special program offers opportunities for students to learn firsthand about the jazz world and the requirements for becoming a successful professional musician in the world of today.
William Paterson Music Majors come from all parts of the United States and all corners of the world. Transfer applications are also welcome from students currently enrolled in other colleges or conservatories. Many music majors choose to live on campus. William Paterson University is located in Wayne, New Jersey, 20 miles west of New York City on a 250-acre wooded suburban hilltop campus. Full dormitory residence and recreational facilities are provided.
Information about our music degree programs, audition requirements and the application process are found on our web site at www.wpunj.edu/music.
We offer a number of generous scholarships for incoming students with strong academic records and music performance abilities.