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'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
Christy Admiraal began her freelance writing career in 2007 as a music critic for "CCM Magazine." Since then, she has contributed to "Grand Rapids Magazine," "Grand Rapids Family," "Revue Magazine," and a number of web-based publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.