Music, Dance and Theatre

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The Music, Dance and Theatre department at New Jersey City University brings together internationally recognized musicians, vocalists, composers, actors and dancers to provide students with a dynamic educational experience.

Our proximity to New York City makes NJCU the ideal place to study music, dance and theatre.  Just minutes from symphony, ballet, opera, musical theatre, chamber music and jazz club venues, your education takes place on campus and off.

We offer major programs for undergraduates and graduate students and minors that provide students with a solid foundation in theory and performance. Our Music Business program is perfect for students seeking a career on the business side of the industry, or for performance majors who simply want to better understand how the music business works.

NJCU takes pride in creating a vibrant performing arts culture for its students and the surrounding community. The Music, Dance and Theatre Department contributes significantly to the university’s musical offerings throughout the year. This means our students enjoy a wide selection of performance opportunities, including solo recitals, chamber music, large instrumental and choral ensemble concerts, and opera and musical theatre productions.

Our faculty comprise respected performers, composers, educators and scholars who take a serious interest in their students. Additionally, the Music, Dance and Theatre Department employs performers from the New York City metropolitan area as adjunct instructors who teach private lessons, work as coaches and accompanists, and offer specialty courses. 

Are you ready to take the next step toward your performing arts career? Contact us today for more information or to schedule your audition.

Visit the Center for the Arts calendar for our schedule of Main Stage Events!


NJCU MDT Student Recieves Honor for Opera


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Al-Jabril Muhammad, a senior in the Music Program of NJCU’s Music, Dance & Theatre Department, earned top honors at NJNATS (New Jersey National Association of Teachers of Singing) Festival of Singing. Earning first place in the Senior Men category, Muhammad’s performance piece was “Avant de quitter ces lieux,” an aria from the opera Faust. The NJNATS Festival is an annual statewide event open to all New Jersey colleges and universities with accredited music programs. This year’s festival, held at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), featured more than 100 competitors in all age categories. Five students from NJCU, led by Dr. Donna Connolly, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, took part in the festival. Muhammad, a featured member of NJCU’s Opera Workshop, trains with Vocal Teacher John Hancock and Vocal Coach David Mayfield. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a teaching career.

What's new at NJCU! 

  • NJCU Earns Top 10 Ranking in Music Business from Billboard.
  • NJCU Ranked #1 Most Affordable Music School.
  • NJCU student Al-Jabril Muhammad earns top honors at NJNATS Competition.
  • NJCU Faculty Vito Chiavuzzo will perform with the new Broadway Musical "Bandstand." 
  • NJCU students travel to Washington DC to advocate for Music Education.
  • NJCU Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity presents fundraiser for Little Kids Rock organization. 
  • Internationally renowned business expert/historian Prof. Steve Dillon joins MDT Faculty.
  • Dr. Kim, MDT Chair, interviewed for New Jersey Educator Magazine 
  • Dr. Bernard and d'Auguste will a give joint lecture at NAfME Eastern Division Conference


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American Horror Story meets Heroes meets PT Barnum in this showbiz saga that weaves together story and songs based on the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, famous sideshow performers from the 1930s. Directed by Marc G. Dalio and performed by NJCU musical theatre students. 

March 24 - 7:30 p.m.
March 25 - 7:30 p.m.
March 26 - 3:00 p.m.
March 31 - 7:30 p.m
April 1 - 7:30 p.m.
April 2 - 3:00 p.m.

LOCATION: West Side Theatre
Tickets: $15/$5 students, children and seniors


Dr. Min Kim, Chair
Rossey Hall, Room 234



All applicants to the Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music Dance & Theatre must be considered for admission by both New Jersey City University and the Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Dance & Theatre. Please submit the application below and our staff will contact you to setup an audition. If you have any further questions please contact us