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.



  • 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


Winter (Composition for Solo Marimba)


Samir Egusquiza



Keith Jarrett: A brief overview of his solo improvisational concerts


Samuel Javitch



WPU Songwriters for a Cause: Event Execution and Evaluation


Ashley Overa



Compositions of Duke Pearson


Eric Zolan



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


Pamela Dragosh



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


Peter Lin



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


Brenda Belohoubek





David Iacoviello



Performance Adaptations for Solo Jazz Guitar Looping


Brian Messenger



An Analytic Look at the Development of Modern Jazz Piano


William Test



How do I enroll?

To enroll in the Music Honors Track, contact the Director, Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto, at (973) 720-2691 or at  You could also contact Jan Pinkston at (973) 720-3776 or at 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,