Popular Music at William Paterson University

Viewing the world of Popular Music through the study of Songwriting,  Industry Studies, and Social Media


This is a list of Popular Music Majors that are available for performances. Click on their links for more information.

Ashes to Rain




Booking contact: aarongollubier@yahoo.com

Brielle Supreme

Brielle and her guitar

Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son

Bob's Band

The Popular Music program serves to study contemporary popular music through the lens of social media and through the study of songwriting. Social media has become the conduit through which music is marketed, discussed and disseminated. This is true for the large music and entertainment industry conglomerates as well as for independent artists. Thus an examination of popular music now requires a study of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, blogging and the like. To more completely grasp the nature of contemporary popular music an introduction to the songwriting process is offered.


Students graduating from this program might find themselves managing a social media campaign for Facebook, Twitter, etc. for a musical other business concern. They may enter the worlds of music journalism, Ethnomusicology, music licensing, public relations, legal professions or they might use the knowledge gained for advancing their own musical aspirations.


Our Popular Music Majors are musicians, artist, writers, actors, composers, songwriters, arrangers, choral directors, teachers. They are interested in the business of music, social media, performing, collaborating, journalism, writing album reviews, promotion, music licensing, learning, web design, graphic arts, music industry law, tour managing, audio engineering, and so much more.