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For full details about the Music & Entertainment Industries Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.

For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.


The William Paterson University Music & Entertainment Industries and Popular Music Studies majors, two of the top programs in the country, are related in that each major features students trying to make a life for themselves either on the stage or behind it.

Students share classes and goals; some just have different goal variations.  The Pop degree is a Bachelor of Arts degree.  It’s an academic degree.  The focus is NOT on performance, although there are ample opportunities to perform.

The Music & Entertainment Industries degree is a Bachelor of Music degree.  If you want to receive formal instruction on an instrument and play in a practice room 3-6 hours a day while also learning all about the biz, this degree is for you.

Many students at William Paterson University choose to become Music & Entertainment Industry minors.  They may be Pop Music majors and Music & Entertainment Industry minors.  Or Media Production majors and Music & Entertainment Industry minors.  Or Business majors and… You get it.

You’ll be taking classes in the shadow of New York City (less than 15 miles away) and networking with faculty and students immersed in the music and entertainment business.  Take advantage of the City while receiving an affordable education in Jersey.  It’s a win-win.

To read an open letter to prospective students by an engaging (and awesome) William Paterson University Music Biz professor, click HERE.

There are lots of ways that you can fit in to our programs.  Reach out and ask how!

WP Music Biz Classes

Why would somebody as cool as you want to consider coming to a place like this?  Well, if you want to learn about:

  1. How managers and agents work
  2. Whether or not record labels still matter or if you should do it all yourself
  3. If you want to do it yourself, how do you do it?
  4. When you need a lawyer and what one does
  5. How to become an entertainment industry lawyer
  6. Where social media comes in and what kind of mix do you need?
  7. How you can fit into the current technological revolution
WPU Now That's What I Call Pop
Music Biz students filming a YouTube video to promote an on-campus event.

If you want to learn all about this stuff…

If you have passion for music and entertainment and how it all works…

If you eat, sleep, and dream about Spotify and websites and YouTube and playing and constantly moving forward with your career…

Then you should consider taking Music Biz classes at the WP.

WPU Music Management Program

For full details about the Music Management Program, including courses, the minor, and our MBA, click HERE.

For full details about the WPU Pop Music Studies Program, including courses and audition requirements, click HERE.



Cool Factoid #1 – William Paterson offers an MBA program in Music & Entertainment Industries Management.  Yes.  It’s true. Click HERE to see details – or just ask us!

Cool Factoid #2:  WPU is the home of the #1 College Radio station in the United States (Brave New Radio, WP 88.7).  Music.  Radio.  Sounds like a pretty good combination, doesn’t it?  And it’s all just miles from NYC.


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Music Biz 101 & MoreCool Factoid #3:  You can stay up to date with the Music & Entertainment Biz by listening each week to the Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show.  For all the fun details, just click HERE.

Cool Factoid #4:  The WPU Music Biz folks publish a weekly email newsletter that you should sign up for.  Just click HERE to receive headlines, links, and opportunities in and about the music & entertainment biz.

Who goes to WPU and takes Music Biz classes?  Click HERE to see pics and bios of our students.


We’re on Twitter – you can tweet us here: @MusicBiz101wp

We’re on Facebook – you can see what’s happening HERE.

We’re on Instagram – check out our pics HERE.

Paul Sinclair, head of marketing & digital forAtlantic Records, teaches a Survey of the Music & Entertainment Class.
Paul Sinclair, Atlantic Records General Manager, teaches a Survey of the Music & Entertainment Class. 


Popular Music Studies:  Professor David Kirk Philp 973-720-3802 or

Professors Steve Marcone & David Philp

Music & Entertainment Industries: Dr. Stephen Marcone 973-720-2314 or

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