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Spring 2013
Apr 18,2014
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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

Music Department

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: Lecture

Music Department

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: Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

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

Music Department

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

Music Department

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

Music Department

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

Music Department

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: Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Music Department

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

MUSI 203 - MUSIC OF 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.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-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: Lecture

Music Department

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

MUSI 206 - TECHNIQUE FOR SINGERS
An interactive introduction to the foundations of healthy and expressive singing. In-class group instruction, supplemented by limited one-on-one work, will enable the student to develop the basics of good vocal technique, which can be applied to all singing styles. Listening examples and discussion will explore the wide diversity of vocal sounds, with a special focus on the diverse sounds of American music. Students will select songs from folk, musical theater, gospel, jazz, classical, and popular music traditions.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Studio

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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

Music Department

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: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 216 - 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: Lecture

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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. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar, Studio

Music Department

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: Lecture

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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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES

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

Music Department

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

Music Department

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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-Africian-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

Music Department

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

Music Department

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: Lecture

Music Department

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

MUSI 240 - TOPICS IN ASIAN MUSIC
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 strucutres 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: Lecture

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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: Lecture

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

Music Department

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. Prior musical training is not required for this class. 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. Keeping a music listening journal is a central aspect of the course. 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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

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: Lecture

Music Department

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: Lecture

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: Lecture

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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, CA-School Core-300 Level

MUSI 313 - MUSIC ONLINE
This course looks at the roles played by new and emerging technologies in the marketing, promotion and distribution of recorded music and musical events. Students will learn which technologies are at the forefront, how they are being utilized and how they are revolutionizing the recording industry at every level. We will analyze the relationships between artists, record companies, and distribution networks paying special attention to intellectual property and copyright issues and the perceived threat of digital distribution to major recording companies and their dominance in the industry.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Online Course

Music Department

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 322 - ELECTRONIC AND 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. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

MUSI 323 - INTERMEDIATE ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC
A continuation of Electronic and Computer Music focusing primarily on Logic Studio and Ableton Live as well as computer ensemble performance. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Studio

Music Department

MUSI 324 - ADVANCED ELECTRONIC AND COMPUTER MUSIC
A continuation of Intermediate Electronic and Computer Music. Lab Fee.
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: Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

MUSI 335 - AVANT GARDE AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC
A study of the vanguard musical traditions in both European and American cultures through the 20th century. 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.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

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

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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-Africian-Amer Stds, CA-School Core-300 Level

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: Lecture, Online Course

Music Department

MUSI 360 - MUSICIANSHIP III
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 361 - INTERMEDIATE MUSIC RECORDING
This course is an in-depth approach to digital recording in Digidesign 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. Lab Fee.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar, 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 364 - INTERMEDIATE PERFORMING ENSEMBLE
This course is designed for experienced and committed performerts. 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: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

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.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Studio

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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 450 - CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN MUSIC
A capstone seminar for seniors in the Music Major, wherein each student develops a final project in his/her area(s) of specialization: performance, composition, production, research, education, music industry, among others. Active interaction is fostered throughout the development of individual projects. In some cases seminar members will work in direct collaboration with each other, to create final products, presentations, and/or performances toward the end of the semester. Students will also examine their own professional goals and career options, prepare resumes with digital portfolios, and participate in workshops on interviewing, auditioning, and giving presentations.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Music Department

MUSI 462 - MUSIC AND IDENTITY
In her book, MUSIC IN EVERYDAY LIFE (2000), the British sociologist of music, Tia DeNora, notes that "music serves as a kind of template against which feeling, perception, representation, and social situation are created and sustained," later calling it "a building material of self-identity" and "the cultural material par excellence of emotion and the personal." This course examines some of the many ways that music acts within individual, social and cultural life as a powerful part of the search for, and construction of, identity and meaning. In the process we explore a wide range of music; use different forms of inquiry, observation, documentation, ethnography, analysis, interpretation, response; and draw particularly upon the backgrounds and experiences of the members of the class.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Music Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level, 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

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