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.
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.