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Students who wish to pursue a BM degree in Music Education must choose either the Jazz or Classical track.

The music education program provides a solid basis for professional success as a teacher through courses in performance, theory, music history, music education, and liberal studies. Available with either a Jazz or Classical focus, our Music Education degree combines the best aspects of music and education into a strong and diverse program that leads to teacher certification in music for the State of New Jersey.

  • Take weekly private lessons on your major instrument.
  • Participate in instrumental, choral, and chamber ensembles.
  • Study piano, voice, and all band and orchestra instruments.
  • Perform on and off campus.
  • Have opportunities for professional development as a teacher both in and beyond the university.

William Paterson’s Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAME) gives students additional opportunities to discuss and participate in music education, be part of regional and national conventions, and enjoy social activities.

B.M. Music Ed Brochure

 CLICK HERE to download a brochure that describes the Music Education   programs at William Paterson University!

Application Deadline:

December 1st: Spring semester
August 1st: Fall semester
May 1st: Summer semester
*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Completed Application
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Audition that demonstrates either excellence in music performance (live audition) or excellence in music teaching (video-recorded audition). Requirements are as follows:

Music performance

    • Applicants must present a live audition on campus with a program including a minimum of three moderate—to advanced—level works of differing style periods taken from the standard art music repertoire. These should demonstrate the performer's technical skills and musicianship. At least one selection from the contemporary period must be included. Applicants are expected to sight-read at the audition. Special considerations are:
      • Voice – all works must be memorized; at least two selections must be performed in a foreign language.
      • Piano – all works must be memorized.
      • Percussion – applicant must demonstrate ability on snare drum, timpani, and on a mallet instrument.

Music teaching

    • Applicants must submit a recent video recording (see application form for details) of teaching episodes that demonstrate their teaching ability and musicianship. At least one episode should show the applicant using his or her primary instrument or voice to model for students. Students wishing to study conducting should include a front view of themselves conducting an ensemble for a minimum of ten minutes. While there are no specific literature requirements for the conducting audition, selections should include at least two pieces in contrasting styles. The entire recording should not be longer than thirty minutes.

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Professor Carol Frierson-Campbell
Program Coordinator, Department of Music


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