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About this Department

Study music in an academically rich program, grounded in the liberal arts and elevated by inspiring artistry and a sense of camaraderie. Our program integrates performance, music education, technology, creativity, and scholarship, fostering an environment for students to broaden their musicianship within a supportive community of artist-scholars. Students pursue rigorous academic inquiry and extensive performance opportunities through our core curriculum, while three distinct bachelor’s degree programs support a wide variety of career options in music, including performance and K–12 music teacher certification.

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Recent News

  • August 11, 2016

    Lyric Theatre On August 30, Lyric Theatre will be holding auditions for its November show, tentatively scheduled as "1776". In the spirit of "Hamilton" and its embracing the spirit of the role rather than the gender of the specific character, ALL roles (except John Adams and Thomas Jefferson) are open to men and women. Auditions are open...

  • August 9, 2016

    The Department of Music at The College of New Jersey is pleased to welcome Nicholas McBride to its faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education for the 2016-17 academic year. McBride was previously an adjunct faculty member in Music Education at Rowan University, where he supervised senior-level student teachers and taught undergraduate music education...

  • April 20, 2016

    TCNJ Music Performance Major Therese DeGenova ’17 has been accepted into the prestigious Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival for its 2016 session. This intensive, six-week summer program trains aspiring orchestra musicians and conductors through a rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule.

  • March 25, 2016

    On March 28, 2016, more than 200 singers will gather on the Mayo Concert Hall stage on The College of New Jersey campus for a concert that will blend cultures and showcase young talent. TCNJ choir students will perform alongside five high school choirs from Japan who all come from the region affected by the...

  • March 22, 2016

    During the Friday, March 11, Brown Bag lecture, composer Andrea Clearfield discussed her work to preserve Tibetan music. In 2008, Clearfield trekked to the Lo Monthang region of Nepal to study Tibetan folk music. There, she met an aging royal court singer. Traditionally, court music in Lo Monthang has been passed down aurally from generation to generation, but the royal court...

  • March 14, 2016

    We are excited to announce that four years after starting our All-Steinway Campaign, we are just $20,000 short of reaching our goal. To achieve the goal and become an officially recognized All-Steinway School, we've launched a crowdfunding campaign. We invite friends of the TCNJ Department of Music to help us build momentum by spreading the word about this campaign through...

Rigorous Music Study

Grow as a musician under the close mentorship of a faculty of distinguished artist-teachers and scholars. Small classes are taught at the highest academic standards, while ensemble and private lessons ensure personal attention from musicians who perform regionally, nationally, and internationally.



Outside Opportunity

Connect beyond campus, through immersive experiences that support your musical goals. Our students perform at major venues like Lincoln Center, present research papers at academic conferences, and student-teach locally and globally. Students also refine their musical and professional goals through internships, study abroad, and independent study.

Future Success

Our graduates are performers, teachers, and scholars. They are recording engineers, stage managers, and music therapists. Some succeed in law or business. Others pursue advanced degrees at prestigious institutions. Our alumni pursue many paths, but they all graduate with a foundation for lifelong engagement with music.