All Mason Gross School of the Arts music degree programs share a common aim: the development of well-educated professional musicians with a complex historical and theoretical understanding of all aspects of music. The diversity of faculty specializations within the school provides a breadth of expertise rarely encountered in other programs.
The music department offers undergraduate training in four areas:
Students in performance and jazz are trained for professional careers as performers or performer/educators. Students in music education graduate with certification to teach music in New Jersey public schools. All three areas provide rigorous instruction in music theory and history, as well as performance, and all three are complemented by core requirements in the liberal arts.
The department also offers graduate study leading to master's and doctoral degrees in performance, music education, musicology, and theory/composition, as well as the artist diploma in performance.