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About Music (General Overview)

The Ramapo College music program has a distinctly contemporary orientation, encouraging students to create, explore, and study music with a 21st century perspective. Music majors begin with a progressive foundation in musicianship, integrating theory with aural skills, composition and analysis of musical styles from Bach to Rock. Discovering music as both a highly individual and culturally formed expression, students develop an interdisciplinary view of music that crosses boundaries in our increasingly global digital world.

Ramapo music majors select from four concentrations:

  • Music Industry:
    The Music Industry concentration focuses on the rapidly changing dynamics of the music business and the relationship of music, business, and technology in the contemporary digital media landscape.
  • Music Performance:
    Music Performance is particularly experiential, developing musical skills and fostering individual expression in diverse styles and also provides a foundation for students who might pursue K-12 music teaching.
  • Music Production:
    Music Production emphasizes original composition, recording, sound synthesis and multi-media, including training in major music software programs such as Pro Tools, Logic, and Ableton Live in our state-of-the-art Les Paul Sound Studio and Electronic Music Studio.
  • Music Studies:
    Music Studies centers on the more analytical and interpretive disciplines, writing about music, and the preparation for graduate school.

Ramapo College has a dynamic vocal music program that includes five choral ensembles: The Ramapo Chorale, select ensembles CantaNOVA, Skylark, Take12, and Gospel Chorus. The choirs tour internationally, with recent trips to the Pacific Summer Music Festival, the Philippines, Vienna, and the Czech Republic. The ensembles won seven medals at the 2008 International Festival of Academic Choirs. The Gospel Chorus performs actively throughout the region, including an annual concert with the New Jersey Conference Choir. Musical Theater Workshop provides staged showcase opportunities and students take acting and other classes in the theater program. Individual lessons with outstanding instructors are available on campus for voice, piano, guitar, bass, and strings. Taking advantage of our proximity to New York, off-campus lessons are also supported.

Instrumental music at Ramapo centers on smaller ensembles, ranging from a string quartet to a lively community of student bands and performers. The groups perform actively in wide range of venues in Manhattan, New Jersey, and at events produced by the Ramapo Music Club. The Ramapo ensembles explore a variety of musical styles and forms including contemporary, jazz, improvisation, concert band, chamber music, live electronic music, and Brazilian percussion.

With Ramapo’s proximity to New York City, our students frequently find internships in major recording studios, management firms, record labels, and internet promotion companies. Additionally, Ramapo offers a number of study abroad options to enhance students’ experiences as music majors including an exchange program with Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. To view these opportunities please click here to visit the Ramapo Study Abroad webpage.

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Classes you can take:

Business of Music, Digital Music Performance, Gospel Chorus, Film Music, History of Jazz, History of Rock ‘n Roll, History of Rap & Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Intermediate Performing Ensemble (Chamber, Jazz, Concert Band, Vocal), Music in Asia, Music in the Classroom, Music in Latin America, Music Online, Music Performance, Ramapo Chorale, Recording Arts, Song Writing, Technique classes for Guitar, Keyboard and Singers

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Whether you’re interested in creating electronic music, singing or playing an instrument professionally, teaching elementary or secondary students, or managing a record label, your music degree will provide you with the tools necessary to start your journey.

Ramapo Success Story

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Jennifer Finaldi '09, '18

Master of Business Administration, Music, Music Industry

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Lenny Morales '13

Music, Music Industry

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Brandon Korn '14

Music

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Todd Stecher '16

Music, Music Industry, Music Production

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Carol Sommerfield '78

Music

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Tina Bock '10

Music, Music Industry

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Michelle Encarnacion '15

International Business, Music, Music Performance

The Music major begins with foundational studies in three areas: musicianship, music history and culture, and musical technologies and media. You will then select from one of four concentrations:

  • Music Industry: The Music Industry concentration focuses on the many facets of the creative and professional worlds in the rapidly changing international music business.
  • Music Performance: Music Performance is particularly experiential, developing musical skills and fostering individual expression in diverse styles and also provides a foundation for students who might pursue K-12 music teaching.
  • Music Production: Music Production emphasizes original composition, recording, sound synthesis and multi-media, including training in major music software programs such as Pro Tools, Logic, and Ableton Live in our state-of-the-art Music Lab.
  • Music Studies: Music Studies centers on the more analytical and interpretive disciplines, writing about music, and the preparation for graduate school.

Want real world music experience? Ramapo music majors have had internships with: Sony Music – RCA Records, Sirius FM, Quad Studios Lakeside, Relix Magazine, Roulette, and Warner Music Group-Alternative Distribution Alliance and many more.

On campus, you have plenty of opportunities to fuel your passion including your pick of choral, jazz, chamber, and world music ensembles, a vibrant weekly open-mic night, and an active radio station. In addition to the incredible opportunities available in nearby New York City, there are international exchange programs allowing you to gain experience abroad. The choirs tour internationally as well, with recent trips to the Pacific Summer Music Festival, Russia, Costa Rica, Vienna, and the Czech Republic.

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