Music

The Music Honors Track is designed to enhance the existing degree programs in music. It is not a stand-alone degree.

The Track is Ideal For:

  • Music majors of all level with an interest in music as a liberal art beyond its vocational aspects.

 

Curriculum:

  • Four Semesters of Music Honors Seminars
  • Contractually enhanced content selected courses in the student’s particular music major program
  • Capstone project in the senior year- a culmination of the student’s Honors experience, in the form of a lecture, paper, musical score, report of research, recital or performance

               

What projects have students completed in the past?

Students in the Music Track have produced theses with the following titles:

 

Thesis Title

Student Name

Year

Winter (Composition for Solo Marimba)

 

Samir Egusquiza

 

2015

Keith Jarrett: A brief overview of his solo improvisational concerts

 

Samuel Javitch

 

2015

WPU Songwriters for a Cause: Event Execution and Evaluation

 

Ashley Overa

 

2015

Compositions of Duke Pearson

 

Eric Zolan

 

2015

Sensors and Smartphones: How today's technology can be used to improve trombone playing technique

 

Pamela Dragosh

 

2013

A Comparison Analysis of Slide Hampton's Solos with his Arrangements

 

Peter Lin

 

2013

Ned Rorem and Paul Goodman Exploring the genius of a lifelong friendship

 

Brenda Belohoubek

 

2012

Silence

 

David Iacoviello

 

2012

Performance Adaptations for Solo Jazz Guitar Looping

 

Brian Messenger

 

2012

An Analytic Look at the Development of Modern Jazz Piano

 

William Test

 

2011


How do I enroll?
 

To enroll in the Music Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto, at (973) 720-2691 or at fowlercalistol@wpunj.edu  You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at pinkstonj@wpunj.edu. A completed track application must also be submitted to the Honors College. 

 

About the Track Director:

Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto is Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities at William Paterson University, and Music Honors Track Director. She conducts the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and teaches conducting and courses in music education. Dr. Fowler-Calisto received her Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Choral Conducting with a cognate in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and a Master of Music in Performance degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include Voice Science and Acoustics in addition to Choral and Conducting Pedagogy. (Shea Center 177, (973) 720-2691, fowlercalistol@wpunj.edu)