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Spring 2018
Jan 21,2021
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MUSI 001 - VOCAL PERFORMANCE IMMERSION
Summer only. Pre-College course.
0.000 TO 0.100 Continuing Education Units
0.000 TO 0.100 Lecture hours

Levels: Innovative Programs
Schedule Types: Lecture

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MUSI 100 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: MUSIC
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

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MUSI 101 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
An introduction to many different kinds of music, music making, musical cultures and media as vital, complex, significant human activities with the power to create, express and communicate feeling, to build various levels of cultural identity and affinity, to represent and symbolize social meanings, to attract, entertain, promote, evoke, seduce, and enrage, among many other effects, often in subtle, unconscious, and even unrecognized ways. The course builds upon the musical backgrounds and interests that students already have and provides a foundation for further study and deeper involvement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 120 - MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY
(Formerly: MUSI 220 BASIC MUSIC RECORDING) This course is an introduction to the technologies and the art of music recording. Students will begin to learn the basic principles of sound design, psychoacoustics, critical listening, and the effective use of the standard analog and digital equipment for music production and post-production. Essential studio techniques and foundational information will be introduced and no previous technical or musical experience is necessary for enjoyable participation in the course. Each week, hands-on making will be paired with short readings and historical examples that will provide a context for sound of all kinds in contemporary concert and popular music, art, practice, film making, ecology, as well as game and interaction design. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 121 - MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS
Music is considered one of the few universal languages, and as such, it demands a specific notational and grammatical system. Music Fundamentals is designed to create a strong and resourceful foundation for students whose fundamental knowledge of music as an art form requires further expansion and development. Any student interested in solidifying his or her knowledge of the essential vocabulary of music is highly encouraged to take Music Fundamentals. As musicians, it is your obligation to be fully versed in the language of your discipline. Without this "musical language" your participation in the musical environment can be severely restricted. This is not to say you cannot achieve a certain level of success, but to move freely and confidently in the musical landscape and to adapt to alternative functions you must be as fluent as possible in the language. Music Fundamentals primarily addresses the notational components of music in Western tradition as well as some of music's basic but most essential facets.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 123 - MUSICIANSHIP I
An introduction to the language and practices of music making. The development of aural skills is central to the course, as are the basic understandings of musical fundamentals: rhythm, pitch, modes, melody, harmony, texture, musical structures, and notation. Diverse musical styles are studied and students begin to explore composition. All students must take a MUSIC PLACEMENT EXAM prior to registering for Musicianship I. Students who demonstrate the equivalent skills and background taught in this course may be waived AND go directly to Musicianship II. Permission of Instructor is required for Musicianship courses.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 126 - RAMAPO CHORALE
The Ramapo Chorale performs a rich international repertoire with a special focus on contemporary music. This vocal ensemble is comprised of committed singers from virtually every academic program on campus. Previous vocal or choral experience is recommended, but a love of singing and the willingness to commit to rehearsals and performances are the only requirements. This course may be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
0.000 TO 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 130 - APPLIED MUSIC I
Individual private instruction on a musical instrument or voice at an introductory level with an approved teacher. May be repeated once for credit. For information on teachers, FEE CHARGED, and for permission to register, email the music convener, Lisa Lutter (llutter@ramapo.edu).
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 198 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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MUSI 199 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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MUSI 200 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: MUSIC
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

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MUSI 201 - MUSIC IN OUR TIME
A selective survey of various types of music that together represent the social, cultural, and technological discourse of modern and post-modern musical sound. Beginning with North American popular music, the scope of this course expands to include world music, avant garde, subcultural and electronic musics. The course also examines the impacts of technology, multimedia and contemporary social, cultural and political movements on the changing nature of musical experience.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

MUSI 202 - THE BLACK EXPERIENCE THROUGH MUSIC
An introductory study of Black American music and its roots. The course examines the historic relationships between African-American music and society, recognizing this music as a form of oral literature that illuminates the African-American experience in unique ways. The course is also devoted to developing and improving aural, research and writing skills.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-African-Amer Stds., MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

MUSI 203 - MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA
This course explores a selection of musical traditions from Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba, paying additional attention to their presence, transformation, and reception in the United States. (The regions and genres may vary by semester.) In addition to introducing a range of musical systems, performance settings, and cultural meanings, the course connects musical expressions of the past and present to issues of race/ethnicity, class, gender, religion, economics, nationalism, and migration. Students will read about and learn to play the music and also conduct ethnomusicological reasearch in local communities. Students willhave opportunities to research live music off campus, although leaving campus is not required.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

MUSI 204 - MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
The musical impact of Africans and their descendants in the New World cannot be overstated. This course is a survey course of the basic music and dance forms that have defined the African Diaspora in terms of sound and motion. The focus is on music and dance forms found primarily and historically in Central and South American continent, as well as in the Caribbean basin. Included are many audio and video examples, as well as the direct exposure of afro-diasporic music and dance in everyday settings to Ramapo students.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

MUSI 205 - MUSIC AND DANCE IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA: NORTH AMERICA
The musical impact of Africans and their descendants in the New World cannot be overstated. This course is survey course of the basic music and dance forms that have defined the African Diaspora in terms of sound and motion. The focus is on music and dance forms found primarily on the North American continent, using many audio and video examples. The course also provides the direct exposure of afro-diasporic music and dance in everyday settings to Ramapo students.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-African-Amer Stds., MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies, MJ-AMER-Multicultural Studies, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

MUSI 206 - TECHNIQUE FOR SINGERS I
The study of voice in a class setting provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to healthy singing technique, including body alignment, breath management, release of excessive tension, expansion of range, resonance concepts and projection. The course provides frequent opportunities to perform individually and class members gain confidence as they acquire performance skills in a supportive class environment. Through the exploration of diverse styles of vocal music, students develop evaluative listening skills and an enhanced appreciation for the art of singing.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 207 - TECHNIQUE FOR SINGERS II
Technique for Singers II continues the study of voice in a class setting, building on the fundamentals of vocal technique established in Technique for Singers I. These fundamentals include body alignment, breath management, release of excessive tension, expansion of range, resonance concepts, and projection established in Technique for Singers I. An introduction to vocal anatomy and physiology is included. This course accommodates diverse vocal styles and skill sets. Technique for Singers II provides students with frequent opportunities to perform individually and receive feedback from the instructor and peers. Class members improve performance ability and gain confidence in a supportive class environment. Representative singers from various genres are considered, both in terms of career development and vocal quality. In additon to classroom instruction, each student will receive three individual voice sessions with the instructor.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 209 - AURAL SKILLS
Ear training as a foundation for understanding the principles and practice of music construction. The manipulation of musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, and timbre from a practical base of sonic understanding. Sight singing, transcription, listening, and analysis of idioms such as: European Classical, Jazz, Electronic and Computer, and diverse Folk idioms will be the focus of the course.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 210 - MUSICIANSHIP II
The continuation of Musicianship I in the areas of musical skills and fundamentals. This course works more with music theory, analysis, composition, and particularly with aural and performance skills. Students who have the equivalent skills and background taught in this course may request a proficiency test to waive it and go directly to Musicianship III.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 213 - TECHNIQUE FOR DRUMSET AND PERCUSSION
The purpose of this course is to enable a basic level of drumming competency, laying a foundation upon which any student can increase their understanding of rhythm, promote a mastery of physical and musical coordination, and establish a set of skills on the drumset. Students will also learn how to communicate their musical wishes to any drummer they might work with in the future, both verbally as well as by way of musical notation. Students will also learn a variety of common percussion instruments and their application in recording and performance.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

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MUSI 222 - MUSIC IN THE THEATER
Throughout history, music and drama have joined to create dynamic performance art. This course traces the widely varied manifestations of this dynamic partnership as it has evolved from Greek drama through opera to Broadway shows and other current performing arts. An exploration of the roots and development of the American music theater tradition will include the experience of creating an original mini-musical. The course provides opportunities for small group performance and creative projects.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 223 - ELECTRONIC & COMPUTER MUSIC I
(FORMERLY: MUSI 322 ELECTRONIC/COMPUTER MUSIC). A study of the operation of various analog and digital synthesizers and the computer in the production of original electronic musical compositions in the studio. A special emphasis will be placed on the development of electronic music and its use with other live and electronic media. It is suggested students have some background in music, recording, computers, or other electronic media. This intermediate studio course will build a vocabulary and a set of techniques to work with electro-acoustic and computer generated music and sound materials. We will wrestle with new (and old) technologies and ideas through creative experiments and exercises, providing a solid grounding in audio editing, sampling, performance practice, analog and digital signal processing, and acoustics. We'll also touch on hardware hacking (circuit bending), sound art, and other alternative practices. Essential studio techniques and foundational information will be introduced and no previous technical or musical experience is necessary for enjoyable participation in the course. Each week hands-on making will be paired with short readings and historical examples that will provide a context for sound of all kinds in contemporary concert and popular music, art practice, film making, ecology, as well as game and interaction design. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course, Studio

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MUSI 224 - FILM MUSIC
A study of the many roles and functions of music in films from the "silents" of the early 20th century through the many styles and genres leading up to our own time. Examples will be drawn from a wide variety of classic and contemporary films of many cultures.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES

MUSI 225 - MUSIC FOR CHILDREN
This course is a study of children making music in a class setting. It is also an examination of how the insertion of music in a core curriculum may enhance both the learning of music itself, but also of core learning. We are surrounded by music in our daily lives. Some music serves to enhance the ability to retain learning. This course is intended for the teacher who may or may not be skilled in music making, and wishes to apply music in the K-8 classroom to enhance the learning atmosphere.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 227 - GOSPEL CHORUS
A performance based class introducing the vocal techniques and choral repertoire of gospel music, including contemporary, spiritual, and anthem styles. The chorus performs several times a semester on and off camapus. Students will be taught both aurally and with notated sheet music to achieve a comprehensive and interactive aesthetic experience of the gospel tradition. A love for singing is a must. No prior choral experience is necessary. may be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
0.000 TO 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 230 - APPLIED MUSIC II
Individual private instruction on a musical instrument or voice at an intermediate level with an approved teacher. May be repeated once for credit. For information on teachers, FEE CHARGED, and for permission to register, email music convener Lisa Lutter (llutter@ramapo.edu).
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 232 - HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL
This course is an introductory examination of rock-n-roll within its historical and cultural contexts, and places a special focus on rock-n-roll's roles--geographical, political, social, economic--within the United States (with a few notable exceptions from across the pond). Although we often take for granted that rock-n-roll is a nationwide and even international music, it is a music that plays a part in local events and has special meaning within local cultures. In this class, we will focus especially on the different people and places that have helped form rock-n-roll genres in order to gain a broader understanding of the music's role in American life.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-Amer-Race & Ethnicity, MJ-AMER-Multicultural Studies, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

MUSI 233 - HISTORY OF HIP-HOP AND RAP MUSIC
Hip-hop has grown from a local urban phenomenon to a global youth culture that currently attracts and influences millions of young people in North America and beyond. This course is an introductory survey of hip-hop culture, both in the U.S. and abroad, with a focus on the relationships of its constituting elements, rapping, emcee-ing, b-boying, graffiti, and deejaying in its native country. The aim is for an heightened understanding of the development and significance of this influential American form of expressive culture, as well as for improved listening, writing and critical skills.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-African-Amer Stds., MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies

MUSI 234 - TECHNIQUE FOR KEYBOARD
A study of piano/keyboard in a class setting provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to fundamentals of keyboard technique. A variety of student levels is possible, however typically in group instruction courses students have limited formal instruction and therefore benefit from the technical basics, as well as the connections of piano literacy and aural skill development with musicianship. With frequent opportunities to perform individually, class members gain confidence as they acquire performance skills in an interactive class environment. Through weekly performance assignments, diverse styles of piano performance will be developed. Class members develop evaluative listening skills and an enhanced appreciation for the art of the piano and other keyboard music. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 235 - TECHNIQUE FOR GUITAR
The study of guitar in a class setting provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to fundamentals of guitar technique. Students will learn the basics of guitar technique, as well as basic music literacy, both written and aural. With frequent opportunities to perform individually, class members gain confidence as they acquire performance skills in an interactive class environment. Through the exploration of diverse styles of guitar performance, with an emphasis on the blues and jazz, class members develop evaluative listening skills and an enhanced appreciation for the art of the guitar. Students will need a guitar.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 237 - HISTORY OF JAZZ
A study of the evolution of jazz--from blues to avant-garde. The course will analyze the social and technological factors which have shaped the growth of jazz, utilizing films, recordings, and lectures. Recommended for students of music, history, and sociology.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-African-Amer Stds., MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

MUSI 240 - MUSIC IN ASIA
This course studies a selection of musical cultures from the main regions of Asia--East, South, Southeast, Central, and West (i.e., the Middle East)--as if traversing the Silk Road trading routes with a shortwave radio. The selection of genres will vary by semester, but will likely range from ancient religious and court music to contemporary popular music, such as arabesk, bhangra, and Cantopop. The course will cover musical rituals and ideologies of major world religions, including Confucianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, and also explore musical aspects of dance, theater, and film. To acknowledge the intercultural dynamics of Asian musical history, the course will emphasize musical borrowings between Asian cultures and musical interactions between Asia and "the West." Comparisons of instruments and musical structures will reveal similarities across vast regions, while focused studies on single traditions will illuminate innovations and social significance particular to local settings. The course will balance musical description, cultural analysis, and topics concerning music technologies and industries. Students will learn basic music-making in class and are required to go off campus at least once to conduct research for a course enrichment assignment.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

MUSI 245 - MUSIC IN AFRICA
This course introduces a selection of musical traditions from Africa. The selection will vary by semester, but will likely range from religious and court music to contemporary popular music; local traditions to internationally influenced music; acoustic music made in villages to music created in recording studios. Comparisons of musical settings, functions in cultures, instruments, types of ensembles, musical structures, performance practices, and aesthetics will reveal similarities across vast regions, while focused studies on single traditions and individual musicians will illuminate the many differences, innovations, and social significance particular to local settings. Also to be explored are music’s relationship with textual recitation, religion, drama, dance, and art, as well as race/ethnicity, class, politics, economics, nationalism, and globalization. The course will balance musical description, cultural analysis, and topics concerning music technologies and industries. Students will learn basic music-making in class and will have the opportunity to conduct research off campus for a course enrichment assignment. A background in music studies is not required. Students may need to travel off-campus in order to attend a music concert, if an appropriate concert is not presented on campus.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies

MUSI 249 - AMERICAN MUSICAL TRADITIONS
A study of cultivated and vernacular musical traditions. Emphasis is on Afro-American, Anglo-American, and European "classical" influences of musical idioms characteristically reflecting the American spirit. Special attention is directed to social conditions which have contributed to the adoption of vernacular music over cultivated forms.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Race & Ethnicity, MJ-AMER-Multicultural Studies, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

MUSI 251 - SONG WRITING
An exploration of the fundamentals of song writing: lyrics, style, genre, music, arrangement, performance, and recording. The course analyzes classic and contemporary songs of many genres, and students bring their own music into the workshop on a regular basis. Finished songs will be performed and/or recorded to the greatest extent possible. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 253 - MUSIC PERFORMANCE
This course is designed for students who sing and/or play musical instruments, acoustic and electronic. Ensembles will be formed and students will create, develop, rehearse and perform a wide variety of music drawn from many styles and genres. Particular emphasis is also placed on strengthening musicianship. Can be repeated once, for a total of 8 credits.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

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MUSI 255 - MUSIC, HISTORY AND CULTURE
This course studies music as an expression of the human experience in cultural context. The music considered spans from medieval chant to current contemporary music, with a special focus on music's development as an art shaped by individuals and society. Landmark works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and other masters will explore the "classical" western music tradition. The 20th and 21st century musical styles considered will range from impressionism, atonality and minimalism to jazz and music represented in the increasingly rich global fusion of today's vernacular music. Music's relationship with religion, drama, dance, art, and politics, as well as its role in defining popular, minority, and high culture, will be explored. The course's musical exploration requires a shared basic music vocabulary. For that reason, we will begin with a study of music fundamentals: rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, form, media, and basic music notation. Increased music vocabulary and comprehension enable the student to more meaningfully experience, listen, analyze, discuss, and write about music. Learning to listen with deeper understanding and enhanced enjoyment are central objectives. Composers' lives, diverse music styles, and important works are studied not only to explore music's evolutionary paths but to stimulate curiosity and enhance the student's enjoyment of music.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 261 - RECORDING ARTS I
(FORMERLY: MUSI 361 INTERMEDIATE MUSIC RECORDING) This course is an in-depth approach to digital recording in Avid ProTools with a focus on production, mixing and mastering. Additional topics include microphone placement, signal processors and use of plug-ins (reverb, compression, delays, etc). Production and engineering techniques will be explored through musical examples and class projects. Essential studio techniques and foundational information will be reinforced, building on material developed in Music Production Technology. Each week, hands-on making will be paired with short readings and historical examples that will provide a context for sound of all kinds in contemporary concert and popular music. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course, Studio

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MUSI 263 - BUSINESS OF MUSIC
This course presents an overview of the business aspects of music. Areas studied will include: songwriting, publishing, copyright, licensing, agents, managers, contracts, concert promotion, and the recording industry. The class focuses on the relationship of music, business, and technology in the rapidly changing digital media landscape.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

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MUSI 290 - TOPIC:
The topics of this course vary from semester-to-semester as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisites: vary with the course offered.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 298 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 299 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 300 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: MUSIC
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Music Department

MUSI 301 - ADVANCED BUSINESS OF MUSIC
This course continues the exploration of music business principles which were introduced in the MUSI 263 with a particular focus on copyright, the live concert business, negotiation skills, and entrepreneurship.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 303 - ADVANCED MUSIC PERFORMANCE
This course is designed for students who play musical instruments and/or sing on an advanced level. Through a workshop-style setting, students develop their current performance skills while exploring new ones as well as different musical techniques and genres. The course also explores various skills for the gigging musician, including following charts, creating parts and arrangements, incorporating improvised elements, following a band-leader and leading an ensemble. Students must be proficient in their instrument and be able to read both charts (chord symbols) and traditional notation in order to participate in the class. Permission of the instructor is required for enrolling in this course.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

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MUSI 305 - SHINE ON: THE MUSIC OF PINK FLOYD
The course will explore and analyze the music of Pink Floyd, one of the most successful and influential musical acts of the 20th century. The course will focus primarily on the artistic merits of the band: the music, lyrics, and visualizations created in their recorded albums, live concerts, and films. The social and cultural backdrop will be addressed as part of the exploration of the evolution in the band’s style. Through discussion, research, analysis, performance, and creative work, students will explore the place and influence of the band in the history of popular music and its contribution to the genre of rock. The course will follow a loose chronological examination of Pink Floyd’s career, while each class will concentrate on a central question relating to issues in popular music. Music reading and/or background in music performance are recommended.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 309 - MUSIC AND GENDER
This course is an ethno-musicological study of music and gender in cross-cultural perspective. It is concerned with how and why music is structured, performed, and experienced through gender. Within the past several decades, these relationships have become major areas of scholarly and critical inquiry. In this course, music and gender will be examined from perspectives such as ethnomusicology, gender studies, cultural studies, anthropology, and queer theory. A wide variety of both traditional and contemporary musical examples will be explored, and the critical depth and diversity of the students' own work will be encouraged.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, CA-School Core-300 Level

MUSI 313 - MUSIC ONLINE
This course investigates the roles played by new and emerging network technologies in the creation, production, marketing, promotion and distribution of music and musical events internationally. We will explore the history and ongoing evolution of online music in all of its various forms. International subcultures and how their developments relate to music and the music industry will be explored in depth. New online alternatives to traditional music systems such as radio and retail stores will be studied in depth, comparing how these have developed in various parts of the world. The legal and ethical questions of copyright piracy both in the US and abroad will be investigated, as well as the internet's huge effect on the international music industry as a whole. The class will be conducted entirely using Moodle. Class work for the week will be posted by Monday and should be completed by Friday. I will ask questions about the assigned readings and provide links to other sites for example, listening and other information. You are expected to comment on these postings as well as your classmates' insights.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, CA-School Core-300 Level, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 316 - MUSIC, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDIA
A study of the interdependent and long-standing relationships between music, electronic technologies and mass media. The course starts with the early technologies and history of music in film, broadcasting and recording. It then proceeds with the evolution of multi-track and digital production, sound synthesis, music in television and advertising, the development of the music video, the growth and globalization of the music industry, and the still very unsettled issues surrounding internet-based file sharing, the changing nature of intellectual property and future of all electronic commerce. This course serves as a prerequisite for additional study of music production and the music industry.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 320 - MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP
This is a performance class centered on the musical theater experience. Solo and ensemble singing, integrated with acting and dance, will culminate in a showcase performance at the end of the semester. Each semester focuses on a particular composer, style, or show with songs selected for the members of the ensemble. Vocal performance experience is recommended, and other abilities in musical theater, such as dance, choreography, music arranging, costume design and stage direction, are also welcomed. This course may be repeated once, for a total of 8 credits. Permission of Instructor.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 323 - ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC II
A continuation of the study of the operation of various analog and digital synthesizers and the computer in the production of original electronic musical compositions in the studio. This intermediate studio course will build on the vocabulary and techniques for working with electro-acoustic and computer generated music and sound materials elaborated in MUSI 322. New material will include an introduction to platforms and languages for digital sound synthesis and explorations into hardware hacking (circuit bending), sound art, and other alternative practices will shift from exposure and theory to practice. Advanced studio techniques will be introduced alongside the development of an individual studio practice. Each week, hands-on making will be paired with short readings and historical examples that will provide a context for sound of all kinds in contemporary concert and popular music, art practice, film making, ecology, as well as game and interaction design.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 325 - WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
The practice of exploring and writing about the musical experience through a wide variety of styles and genres. A "writing intensive" course designed to improve the student's craft of writing and nurture a personal, critical, creative voice. Satisfies the CA Upper Level Core and Upper Level Writing Intensive requirements.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, CA-School Core-300 Level, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 327 - MUSICAL IMPROVISATION
Virtually all musical traditions include elements of improvisation. In this course, students will learn how to practice improvisation in different styles, listen to important examples of musical genres from around the world, and discuss theories of improvisation, communication and creativity. Based on experiencing how each approach to improvisation comes with its own set of parameters and creates a specific sound, students are then encouraged to practice these various elements and develop their own projects. These can draw from acoustic and electronic music as well as improvisation in theater, dance, and multimedia contexts.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 328 - SOUNDTRACKS
A study of sound and music as designed for narrative and documentary film, radio, television, advertising, multimedia, and a wide range of public spaces, commercial venues and events.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 330 - CLASSICAL MUSIC
This course focuses on a selection of the most important composers and compositions of European classical tradition and related topics. The course studies works by key composers, such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin. Depending on the instructor and semester, the course may include classical music outside of Europe. Throughout the course, the lives and works of composers will be studied in their cultural contexts. Music’s relationship with religion, drama, dance, art, politics, economics, and sociocultural issues will also be explored. The repertory is selected to supplement the content of MUSI-255, even if some composers are discussed in both courses. Students may need to travel off-campus in order to attend a music concert, if an appropriate concert is not presented on campus.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 332 - CONDUCTING
The study of conducting provides the student with an introduction to the skills required to prepare a music ensemble and conduct performances. These skills include physical aspects of conducting technique, as well as, leadership, score preparation, interpretation, and rehearsal technique. The course provides regular opportunities to conduct individually and to participate as part of the class ensemble under student conductors. All students will sing in the class ensemble. Instruments may also be used, based on student skills. Students gain confidence as they acquire conducting skills in a supportive class environment that includes both instructor and student critique. Through the exploration of conducting, students also develop evaluative listening skills, strengthen musicianship, and gain appreciation for diverse musical styles.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 335 - AVANT GARDE AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
This course is a study of avant-garde music in European and American cultures through the 20th century up to the present. The focus is on the music itself as well as its various theoretical and ideological foundations, the pivotal role of technology, and the more recent shifts in music's meanings and functions within post-modern culture. The class will have a strong interdisciplinary focus with visual art, we will be interacting with Avant Garde Art and Design class on several occasions throughout the semester.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, CA-School Core-300 Level, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 337 - ADVANCED TECHNIQUE FOR GUITAR
This course is designed to help improve students’ playing in addition to expanding their theoretical knowledge of music in general and the guitar specifically. During the course of the semester, students will also be exposed to various guitarists and styles in the realms of blues, jazz, Flamenco, etc., as well as their historical background. This course is open for guitarists who have intermediate or advanced skill levels in any musical genre.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 340 - APPLIED MUSIC III
Individual private instruction on a musical instrument or voice at an advanced level with an approved teacher. May be repeated once for credit. For information on teachers, FEES CHARGED, and for permission to register, email music convener Lisa Lutter (llutter@ramapo.edu).
0.000 TO 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab

Music Department

MUSI 342 - LYRICS AND THE LAW
The course will look at the connection between music and law. We will connect classic jurisprudential schools of thought -- natural law, legal positivism, legal realism, and constitutive theory -- to musical lyrics. Music is one of the most influential aspects of our society and culture and thus, deserves critical attention. This course aims to critique some of the ethnomusicology literature regarding lyrical influences. Additionally, we will introduce sociolegal literature that draws the connection between music and race, gender, class, speech, and privacy.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-LAWS-Law & Society Elective, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 345 - DJ CULTURE
The DJ has emerged as a cultural power broker and a new type of musician. This course will explore the history of various types of DJs and their roles in commercial and pirate radio, disco, hip-hop, house and techno. The DJ's relationships to other cultural icons, and the emergence of turntablism will also be examined. Materials for this course will include the range of recent critical literature, video documentaries, audio recordings and eyewitness accounts compiled by members of the class. Students will also learn the basics of DJ technique and will perform their own DJ sets using software based DJ systems.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-African-Amer Stds.

MUSI 350 - MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
This course will examine two key operational components within the music business--marketing and management. The guidance and image-making of artist or product in the current marketplace will be given careful analysis from the view of the company executive and the entertainment industry at large. Theories of branding will be studied at length, and students will create variety of music marketing and branding projects.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 352 - MUSICAL IDENTITIES AND CULTURE
(Formerly MUSI-462) This course examines some of the many ways that music relates to personal and social life as a powerful part of the search for, construction of, and performance of identity. The course will examine music’s relationships with identities with respect to various topics: childhood and adolescence; family and communities; gender, social class, and ethnicity; regional and national identities; and other topics. The course uses case studies representing a wide range of music, and examines music and identity in local, national, international, and intercultural contexts. Students will use different methods of inquiry and analysis, including ethnographic observation, critical analysis, interpretation, response. Writing will be integrated into the life of this course.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 355 - MUSIC AND THE MIND
This course explores diverse topics in the psychology of music, requiring no previous knowledge in either subject. The course engages fundamental questions such as: Why did humans evolve to be musically aware and creative? Why does music affect our moods and emotions to much? How do we hear and interpret melodies, harmonies, and rhythms? How can music help people heal from illness or anxiety? Topics may include music and human evolution, human perception of the acoustics of sound, perception of musical elements and structures, music and memory, musical acquisition especially in children, neurological interactions with music, music and emotion, music therapy, and psychology of musical composition and performance, and other effects of music on people. Through weekly readings, listening examples, discussions, assignments, and in-class activities, students will learn the basic aspects of and contemporary debates surrounding these diverse topics. Students will also research and write about a topic of their choosing.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course, Seminar

Music Department

MUSI 360 - MUSICIANSHIP III - COMPOSITION
In Musicianship III students will study the application of concepts learned in Musicianship I and II through aural skills, analysis and composition in current styles and explore developments of these concepts in contemporary practice.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 362 - LIVE AUDIO ENGINEERING & RECORDING
This course explores the practices of live sound reinforcement and engineering as well as recording and mixing in live concert settings. Students will develop competencies in the areas of basic acoustics, sound system setup and installation, microphone selection and placement, signal processing, and mixing of live concert performances. In addition, students will learn how to effectively make recordings of live concert performances utilizing Pro Tools and/or Logic Studio. A broad range of musical applications will be studied using hands-on activities with a variety of performers and musical styles. Students will be required to participate in a variety of activities outside of class in which they can practice and refine the skills acquired in the course. Class will be held once a week to accommodate setup and breakdown time and also to help with scheduling of guest performers. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 363 - RECORDING ARTS II
This course is an in-depth approach to audio recording in a variety of professional settings with a focus on production, mixing and mastering. Additional topics include complex microphone setups, analog recording to tape, signal processors and use of plug-ins (reverb, compression, delays, etc.). Production and engineering techniques will be explored through musical examples and class projects. Essential studio techniques and foundational information will be reinforced, building on material developed in Recording Arts I. Each week, hands-on making will be paired with short readings and historical examples that will provide a context for sound of all kinds in contemporary recorded music.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 364 - INTERMEDIATE CHORAL ENSEMBLE
This course is designed for experienced and committed performers. The ensemble will study and perform challenging, diverse, international repertoire, ranging from early music to 21st century works, including premieres. Performance practice, together with stylistic and musical analysis will be demonstrated in performances scheduled in a variety of venues. This course is available to both music majors and non-majors. In addition to a minimum of three hours of ensemble rehearsal time, students will be required to work in smaller sections and independently. The course requires the genuine desire to learn and perform challenging repertoire, as well as the willingness to work effectively with fellow ensemble members to achieve challenging musical goals. The Intermediate Performing Ensemble will provide each student with the opportunity to enhance and demonstrate his/her individual abilities through rehearsals and performances. Each student is expected to strive to improve his/her capabilities in singing, music reading, ear training, musical analysis, and overall musicianship. Permission of Instructor.
0.000 TO 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 365 - CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES ON MUSIC
A study of the rich, global musical diversity at the end of the century and the many new and integrated ways of making sense of it as art as social and cultural practice, and as an evolving set of technologies and media for creative production, communication and enterprise. We will examine major interpretive, analytical and critical methods and apply them to specific musical examples.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, CA-School Core-300 Level, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 366 - DIGITAL MUSIC PERFORMANCE
This course focuses on live electronic music performance using Ableton Live and a variety of MIDI hardware and software. Mastery of the Ableton Live application will be achieved through a series of projects. Students will create both solo and ensemble pieces with an emphasis on live performance. In addition, electronic music composition principles will be investigated, including performance of repertory works from composers including Cage and Stockhausen. Integration of acoustic instruments and voices with live digital music will also be explored. The course will have an interdisciplinary component in which students will integrate visual elements into live performance works through digital technology. The potential for inegrating Live with other music production applications such as Logic will also be developed. The final concert will feature student performances of their original works and is a requirement for the class. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 370 - MUSIC SCENES
Music scenes are collectives of musicians, audiences, and often industry and media professionals dedicated to a common interest, whether the music or its social setting and significance. Coined by journalists to describe the social environments of jazz clubs, the concept of a “music scene” developed in the 1990’s into a focus for academic studies at the intersection of musicology, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, communications, and social psychology. In this course, students will research a music scene of their choice, learning to use ethnographic and bibliographic research methods. Students will also learn about a wide-range of music scenes and the academic literature about them, including the related concepts of community, subculture, and network. Students will research live music in New Jersey and New York, including music on campus. Writing will be integrated into the life of this course. This course satisfies CA-School Core.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core as of 2014 fall, WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 390 - SPECIAL TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. MUSI 390 MUSIC PUBLISHING. In the music business, publishing is the quiet moneymaker. This course will cover the hows and whys of publishing music: the history, compositions as intellectual property, copyright, exploiting titles through film, television and other media, the role performing rights organizations, how publishers stand to profit in the new music business environment and much more. MUSI 390 IMPROVISATION IN MUSIC. What is improvisation? Spontaneous creativity comes to mind, communicating, taking risks, going to unknown territories, being in the moment, transcending language and culture. Virtually all musical styles and traditions include elements of improvisation, some extremely sophisticated. In jazz, improvisation became central to the art. With the newer forms it demanded an even more radical freedom of intense, spontaneous communication which in turn inspired punk and early rap. However, in the current mainstream culture (classical, pop, rock, even commercial jazz) improvisation is often discouraged, and many musicians are uncomfortable with it. To encourage and broaden artistic expression, this course will approach improvisation from a wide range of perspectives, both in theory and practice. Instrumentalists, singers and other performers, actors, dancers from all styles are welcome. Prior experience in music or improvisation is not necessary, just curiosity and the willingness to experiment. MUSI 390 PERFORMANCE PRACTICE IN CHAMBER MUSIC. This course offers instrumentalists and singers the opportunity to research and perform chamber works within the classical tradition. Students will focus on historical style and authentic performance practices of chosen works from the solo, duet, trio, and quartet repertoire. Musical questions inherent to a given work will be explored through ongoing rehearsal and study. Students will regularly present their works in progress to the class for discussion. The course will culminate in a public performance of all prepared works. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; students must possess strong music reading skills and audition for entry into the class. MUSI 390 CONDUCTING: The study of conducting provides the student with an introduction to the skills required to prepare a music ensemble and conduct performances. These skills include physical aspects of conducting technique, as well as, leadership, score preparation, interpretation, and rehearsal technique. The course provides regular opportunities to conduct individually and to participate as part of the class ensemble under student conductors. All students must be prepared to sing in the class ensemble. Instruments will also be used, based on student skills. Students gain confidence as they acquire skills in a supportive class environment that includes both instructor and student critique. Through the exploration of conducting, students also develop evaluative listening skills, strengthen musicianship, and gain appreciation for diverse musical styles.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course, Studio

Music Department

MUSI 398 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 399 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: MUSIC
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Music Department

MUSI 424 - ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC III
(FORMERLY: MUSI 324 ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC) A continuation of Electronic and Compuer Music II exploring advanced techniques in programming, electronic music composition, studio production and live performance. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 450 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN MUSIC
This capstone seminar for seniors in the Music Major has three components: production of an original project, professional development, and reflective response essays to writings and other media about music. First and foremost, each student develops an original project in his/her area(s) of specialization: performance, composition, production, research, education, music industry, among others. In some cases students may collaborate with each other to create final products, presentations, or performances. Second, students will examine their own professional goals and prepare to achieve them by preparing resumes, cover letters, and digital portfolios of example work in music and music-related activities. Third, students will write critically minded essays in response to a series of writings and other media about music.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Music Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

MUSI 498 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 499 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department


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