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Department of Music

Degree: M.M., Music, College of the Arts and Communication

Graduate Program Director:

Professor Timothy Newman
Shea Center for Performing Arts 117
973.720.2373
newmant@wpunj.edu

The music education concentration provides practicing music educators with advanced pedagogical skills that enable them to connect contemporary methodologies to a comprehensive knowledge of the historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations upon which the profession is based. In addition to developing pedagogical skills, graduate students in music education also gain an increased understanding of the aesthetics of music, increase their abilities in performance, and investigate scholarly topics.

Admission to the Music Education Concentration

  1. A bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Two written recommendations.
  4. An audition that demonstrates either excellence in music performance (live audition) or excellence in music teaching (video-recorded audition). Requirements are as follows:

For 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.

For music teaching excellence: 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 10 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 30 minutes.

Music Education Concentration Requirements

  1. Completion of 36-credit degree course requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit and is required of all students.
  3. A final project, which may consist of (1) a curriculum project, (2) an action research project, (3) a curriculum-based lecture recital with paper, (4) a final conducting project (conducting majors only), or (5) a traditional thesis (with faculty approval).

 

 

Degree: M.M., Music, College of the Arts and Communication

Graduate Program Director:
Professor Timothy Newman
Shea Center for Performing Arts 117
973.720.2373
newmant@wpunj.edu

The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in the areas of improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools.

Admission to the Jazz Studies Concentration

  1. A bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Two written recommendations.
  4. Jazz arranging track majors: A portfolio must contain a minimum of three scores with recording (CD or tape). One selection must feature a large ensemble. If possible, a cross-representation of styles, tempos, and instrumentation should be included. In addition to jazz pieces, works in other styles may be submitted. Please exclude extended improvisation sections.
  5. Jazz performance track majors: An audition CD or tape following these requirements:

The taped performance should demonstrate ability to play within a group and strengths as a soloist. Perform a minimum of three tunes:

  • One up-tempo tune such as "Cherokee," "Ornithology," "It Could Happen To You," "Just Friends," or a similar selection;
  • One ballad such as "Body and Soul," "In a Sentimental Mood," "I Can't Get Started," or a similar selection;
  • One medium-tempo tune such as "All the Things You Are," "Out of Nowhere," "Have You Met Miss Jones?" or a similar selection.
  • At least one chorus within the presentation of each tune should be performed unaccompanied.

Special Audition Notes

  • Piano, guitar, and mallet instruments: Performance should demonstrate ability to accompany, as well as to solo. One of the required selections must be performed unaccompanied.
  • Drum set: Performance should demonstrate ability to use brushes as well as sticks, and to play through the head of the up-tune unaccompanied, outlining rhythmic structure of the melody.
  • Bass: Performance should demonstrate ability to construct a walking bass line and should showcase strengths as an improviser. Acoustic bassists should demonstrate use of the bow.
  • Vocalists: If currently studying voice, include sample of vocalization at the beginning of tape. Performance should demonstrate the ability to scat, as well as an understanding of the lyric.

Jazz Studies Concentration Requirements

  1. Completion of the 36-credit degree course requirements.
  2. A one-hour recital.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit and is required of all students.
  4. A final project.

 

Degree: M.M., Music, College of the Arts and Communication 

 Graduate Program Director:
Professor Timothy Newman
Shea Center for Performing Arts 117
973.720.2373
newmant@wpunj.edu

The music management concentration provides the student with the entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the contemporary music and entertainment industry. With its connection to New York industry personnel, its objective is offer the most current information in the classroom and through internships. The music management concentration immerses the music student in the environment of the industry while fostering a clear understanding of the role and needs of managing the artist's revenue streams. Please note that the program is designed primarily for music students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in the music business field. Those graduates who have a music management degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA or a law degree.

Admission to the Music Management Concentration

  1. Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited college or university. It is recommended that the degree be in an area other than music business or music management.
  2. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Two written recommendations.
  4. A performance audition is required of applicants who have NOT successfully completed an undergraduate degree in music; an audition is NOT required of applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree in music:

    • Classical performers, please follow the music education concentration audition requirements listed previously.
    • Jazz performers, please follow the jazz concentration audition requirements listed previously.
  5. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam; a minimum of 149 for general/verbal also is required.
  6. A completed University graduate application.
  7. A completed department graduate application.

Music Management Concentration Requirements

  1. Completion of the 36-credit degree course requirements.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination, which carries no course credit and is required of all students.
  3. Satisfactory completion of an internship.
  4. A final project, which may consist of a thesis.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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