The Music Program at Ramapo College, with its distinctly contemporary orientation, emphasizes creativity and experiential learning in a liberal arts framework. The program focuses on many forms of contemporary music and digital-music technologies, while cultivating an appreciation for Western art music, popular music, American music, and musical traditions from around the world. The major begins with foundational studies in musicianship and music history. Students select one or two of five concentrations – Music Education, Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Production, and/or Music Studies – all of which offer opportunities for internships and independent projects. These flexible and interconnected concentrations allow students to develop their interests, talents, and skills in individual ways.
Music Education prepares students for careers teaching music. The progressive curriculum balances traditional and contemporary music studies with a global perspective, diverse hands-on experiences, and individualized instruction. With this forward leaning and flexible foundation, students are prepared for success in today’s diverse music classrooms. Students may complete Teacher Certification through the Education program in coordination with the Music Education concentration.
Music Industry focuses on the rapidly changing dynamics of the music business and the relationship of music, business, and technology in the digital media landscape.
Music Performance provides students with wide-ranging opportunities to develop strong technique, build performing skills, and find their unique sound and style. Solo and group performing experiences span from international touring choral groups, concert band, and jazz ensemble to musical theater, digital performance and student-led rock bands. Students interested in teaching may combine the Performance and Music Education concentrations.
Music Production emphasizes a creative approach to recording, electronic music, and original composition including training in major music software programs such as Pro Tools, Logic, and Abelton Live in our state-of-the-art Les Paul Recording Studio and Electronic Music Lab.
Music Studies focuses on the analytical and interpretive disciplines of music, honing skills to research and write about music in historical, cultural, and international contexts. The concentration includes music performance and interdisciplinary studies. Music Studies prepares students for graduate studies in musicology/ethnomusicology and careers in music journalism/criticism.
Students completing this program will receive a B.A. degree. A minor in Music is available.