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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

  • March 10, 2015

    In this shared performance with the critically acclaimed English vocal ensemble, Magnificat, TCNJ's Chorale returns to the Great Music at St. Bart’s Concert Series.

  • March 1, 2015

    A 65-minute dramatic song cycle composed by American singer and conductor Ted Hearne, set to the words of politicians, celebrities, survivors and relief workers.

  • September 28, 2014

    Trenton music legends Thomas Gryce played with TCNJ Jazz Ensemble led by Professor Gary Fienberg.

  • September 14, 2014

    Senior music performance major Olivia Porada knew that in order to achieve her goals she needed to get moving and shaking, so to speak, in addition to singing.

  • February 10, 2014

    Vickerman has been experimenting with how audiences engage with classical music both as conductor of TCNJ’s Wind Ensemble and as the associate conductor of the Washington, DC-based Great Noise Ensemble.

  • November 27, 2012

    Performances that are enlightening to the point of changing our attitudes about the textual and performative conventions of a major work or transforming the way we listen to it are extremely rare.

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.