Explore Music, on Another Level

From jazz and country to rock and roll and hip-hop, our atypical music program explores music from The Beatles and Radiohead to pop and hip-hop geniuses, like Ariana Grande and Cardi B, and blends hands-on learning to provide students with a well-versed knowledge of theory, history and culture in popular music. 

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Admission Requirements

Learn more about Rider’s application process.

How to apply

View first-year admission requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Major Requirements

Our interdisciplinary program focuses on the study of 20th and 21st-century popular music in a unique context to offer you an unrivaled advantage in any professional aspect of popular music. Find your groove, and tailor your studies, by selecting from one of three specialization tracks: general, performance and songwriting. 

Endless Possibilities

Graduates emerge with developed talents and skills in all musical areas, ready to enter a variety of popular music-related careers.

Common Careers

  • Producer
  • Performer
  • Sound engineering
  • Television and media production
  • Arts administrator
  • Music educator
  • Local arts organizer
John Gratton
I was in the composer forum and completed multiple independent study projects where I formed a group of musicians that performed my original music. Those experiences gave me a great start in the music industry."
John Gratton
Class of 2011
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How to Apply

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Student Created Tracks

Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Transferring to Rider

Interested in transferring to Rider for popular music studies?

Visit the Community College Agreements page to see the community colleges Rider partners with and the courses that transfer for each major.

Career Preparation

Westminster College of the Arts is brimming with on-campus opportunities for students to exercise their learned skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to strengthen your creative muscles and build your résumé in professional internships. 

Recent student internships include:

  • Sony Red
  • Atlantic Records
  • VH1 Save the Music
  • New Jersey 101.5
  • Water Music Recording Studios
Career Development & Success


Music Production, B.A.

Justin Burton

Associate Professor

Fine Arts Building

jburton [at] rider.edu

(609) 895-5692

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