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Music, Dance, and Theatre Department

  • The Music, Dance and Theatre department at New Jersey City University brings together internationally recognized classical and jazz performers, composers, music educators and musicologists to provide students with an exciting and valuable learning experience. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey close to public transportation, our campus is just minutes from the symphony, ballet, opera, musical theatre, chamber music and jazz club venues available in New York City.

    We offer a wide selection of musical opportunities for students. The performance possibilities include solo recitals, chamber music, large instrumental and choral ensemble concerts, and opera and musical theatre productions.

    The members of our faculty are respected performers, composers, educators and scholars who take a serious interest in their students. Additionally, the Music, Dance and Theatre department employs approximately 80 outstanding performers from the New York City metropolitan area as adjunct instructors who teach private lessons, work as coaches and accompanists, and offer specialty courses.

    Degree Options in Performance, Education, and Business

    The Music, Dance and Theatre department offers undergraduate degrees in:

    • Classical performance (instrumental and vocal);
    • Jazz performance;
    • Music education;
    • Music without specialization;
    • Musical theatre; and
    • Music business.

    Graduate degrees are offered in:

    • Classical performance (instrumental and vocal);
    • Jazz performance;
    • Music education; and
    • Multiple woodwind performance.

    The department also offers minor degree programs in theatre and dance. Music Department scholarships and graduate assistantships are offered based on both academic and performance excellence. Please note that acceptance into a performance degree requires an audition.

    Concert Series

    The department also hosts two chamber music series and a Great Performers Series that bring the students additional opportunities to hear a broad spectrum of musical genres and styles and to talk with the renowned musicians who perform on these concerts.

    We also offer faculty recitals throughout the year from our prestigious faculty artists.  For upcoming concerts and events, check out our performing arts calendar.