What Are the Best Music Colleges in New Jersey?

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If you're looking to study music at the graduate or undergraduate level in the Garden State, there are a number of universities and colleges that offer the opportunity to do so. Some of those schools are particularly prestigious and stand out from the rest.

Princeton University

  • Princeton University's music department offers an undergraduate music major with an emphasis on either writing music or writing about music in addition to a graduate program where attendees study composition or musicology. Also available is a music certification program in which advanced music students can perform, study with Princeton performance faculty and take some of the same courses required for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate courses include rock, R&B & hip-hop, Japanese taiko, and international perspectives and tonality.

    Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ 08544
    609-258-3060
    princeton.edu/music

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick

  • Rutgers University's bachelor of music program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts is divided into three concentrations: jazz studies, music education and performance. Music education majors can take the choral track with an emphasis on vocal music, the choral track with an emphasis on keyboard or the instrumental track. Graduate students shooting for either a master of music or doctor of musical arts degree focus on music education, performance or music history, theory and composition.

    Rutgers
    81 George Street
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    732-932-9302
    musicweb.rutgers.edu

Stevens Institute of Technology

  • What sets Stevens Institute of Technology apart from the pack is its program emphasis on the relationship between music and technology. The music major allows for both traditional conservatory study of music in addition to the technological tools of the musical trade. After completing a core curriculum of courses in music theory, music history, production piano/performance proficiency and technological tools, bachelor of arts students in music pick one of three concentrations in which to major. Their choices are composition and theory, production/recording/sound design, and software design.

    Stevens Institute of Technology
    1 Castle Point
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    201-216-5000
    stevens.edu/cal/music

Seton Hall University

  • In the Seton Hall University music department, bachelor of arts students major in either applied music (or performance) or comprehensive music, required for music education in New Jersey. Students may also minor in performance or musical theater. Performance majors and minors have their pick of instrument concentrations, from double bass to clarinet. Music students are also encouraged to complement their classroom education by participating in student ensembles, including chamber orchestra, vocal chamber ensemble, jazz ensemble, pep band and a touring choir.

    Seton Hall University
    400 South Orange Avenue
    South Orange, NJ 07079
    973-761-9022
    shu.edu/academics/artsci/art-music/welcome.cfm

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