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Major, Minor


The Department of Music offers a diverse program of musical studies, including appreciation, history/literature and theory courses, as well as ensembles and applied music lessons at all levels in voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, stringed instruments, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.

The music department works with students as individuals and in groups to develop performance skills and knowledge of music theory, history and literature. Music students share a personal relationship with faculty whose work as teachers, performers and scholars keeps them and their students in touch with the realities of today’s musical world.

Music majors may choose one of three areas of concentration: music education, performance and history/literature-theory. The music education concentration culminates in student teaching and certification. The performance concentration requires a senior recital, and the history/literature-theory involves a completing a major research project. As a result of their learning in classes, individual lessons and ensembles, graduates are well-prepared to teach in K-12 schools, graduate study in music, or continued avocational participation in music as members of ensembles or as individual performers.

Program Spotlight


Charles Stephan

Charles Stephan

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Cello, Bass)

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Deb Mackenzie

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Piano)

A headshot of Erin Bryan.

Erin K. Bryan

Assistant Professor of Music and Voice Area Coordinator

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Jessica Jensen posing with her trumpet

Jessica A. Jensen

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Brass)

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Marc Sackman

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Flute)

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Adjunct Instructor of Music Mishan Han

Mishan Han

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Orchestra Conductor

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Sandra Polcyn

Sandra Polcyn

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Oboe, Bassoon)

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Toby Shucha Portrait

Tobin C. Shucha

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Music Education and Bands

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Todd Truesdale

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Percussion, Voice, Musicology)

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William Nelson

William Nelson

Adjunct Instructor of Music (Saxophone)

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Requirements for a major in Music | 48 credits in music, including the following:

  • MUS 010 (5 semesters): Recital Attendance (0 credits)
  • MUS 111: Foundations in Music (4 credits)
  • MUS 121: Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • MUS 221: Music Theory II (4 credits)
  • MUS 330: Music History 1400–1750 (4 credits)
  • MUS 331: Music History 1750–1900 (4 credits)
  • MUS 332: Music History 1900–present (4 credits)
  • 6 semesters of lessons: MUS 100, 140, 240, 150, or 250.
    Cannot include piano lessons or lessons at the 050 level. (6 credits)
  • 4 semesters of MUS 102 or piano lessons– MUS 150:09, or
    250:09. (4 credits)
  • 6 semesters of ensembles– MUS 190 (6 credits)
  • MUS 500. Can choose either recital or project option. (2 credits)
  • At least 6 additional credits in Music (6 credits)

Requirements for a minor in Music | 22 credits in music, including the following:

  • MUS 010 (3 semesters): Recital Attendance (0 credits)
  • MUS 111: Foundations in Music (4 credits)
  • MUS 121: Music Theory I (4 credits)
  • 2 music history courses (MUS 330, 331, or 332) (8 credits)
  • 1 semester of lessons– MUS 100, 102, 140, 240, 150, or
    250. Cannot include lessons at the 050 level. (1 credit)
  • 1 semester of ensembles– MUS 190 (1 credit)
  • At least 4 additional credits in Music (4 credits)


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty advisor based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty advisor throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

Music majors from Ripon College have successfully pursued careers in public school and studio teaching, performance, higher education, church music, and other professional fields.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Through the Department of Educational Studies, certification in instrumental music, choral music and general music is available in early childhood/adolescence (birth-grade 12).
  • Students of any discipline, on the basis of audition, can participate in Chamber Singers, Choral Union, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra.
  • Chamber Singers tours annually over spring break.


Choral Union

Choral UnionRipon College’s Choral Union is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members and presents at least one concert per semester. Through the ensemble’s repertoire, singers are exposed to a variety of musical styles, time periods, languages, instrumental collaborations, and high-quality texts. Additionally, Choral Union frequently performs with other ensembles. Recent collaborations not only include the college’s orchestra and Chamber Singers, but also the Green Bay Civic Symphony. Highlights of the 2014–15 season include Brahms’s Schicksalslied, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Thompson’s Frostiana.

Chamber Singers

Chamber SingersChamber Singers is Ripon College’s premier choral ensemble and is open to students of all majors through a rigorous audition process. Chamber Singers primarily performs advanced unaccompanied literature; however, instruments occasionally join in performance. The ensemble presents at least one major concert per semester, as well as several other concerts on and off campus as musical ambassadors for the college. In January 2017, Chamber Singers will tour four Midwestern cities.

Jazz Ensemble

Jazz EnsembleThe Ripon College Jazz Ensemble is a big band that plays music from the earliest jazz through the most contemporary jazz styles. From within the group, a number of different jazz combos perform as well on the two major Jazz Ensemble concerts each year. Development of improvisation skills is a major goal of the group. The Jazz Ensemble also performs on a pops concert each year and occasionally at off-campus events.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Symphonic Wind EnsembleThe Ripon College Symphonic Wind Ensemble is made up of brass, winds and percussion. In recent years, the group has had approximately 50 to 55 members. It is largely a student group, although there are a few community members. The group performs two major concerts each year, as well as a pops concert and a concert of small ensemble music. Literature ranges from band classics from throughout the 20th century to transcriptions of music from other media, marches and lighter fare.


OrchestraUnlike many schools its size, Ripon College has a long-standing, vital College Orchestra. Made up of students and community members, the group puts on two concerts a year that feature orchestral works from all of the style periods of Western music. Concerts often feature guest soloists. Children’s concerts are another type of event that the orchestra puts on with some regularity.


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Music Facility Provides Numerous Opportunities

The music department is located in C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. The center houses teaching studios, a practice area, lockers and instrument storage space, classrooms, a choral rehearsal room and a resource center.

The library of scores and recordings includes more than 10,000 items and ample listening stations for student use. A generous number of soundproof practice rooms are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, and the instruments are carefully maintained by a resident technician.


Calendar of Events: 2018-2019 Academic Year

Click here to view the 2018-19 Fine Arts Events Schedule