Music Improvisation and Creativity (James Ramos Memorial Fund)


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CAPMT is the California State Affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

CAPMT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music teachers organization of over 1,000 members, teaching in independent music studios, private and public schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities throughout California.

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In Memoriam
James Ramos
September 11, 1973 – May 25, 2016
CAPMT District 4 • Riverside-San Bernardino Counties Chapter

The James Ramos Memorial Fund for Music Improvisation and Creativity was created in May 2016 to honor the life of James Ramos, Past-President of CAPMT District 4 – Riverside-San Bernardino Counties Chapter and former CAPMT State Endowment/MTNA Foundation Chair.

The James Ramos Memorial Fund for Music Improvisation and Creativity will be used to:

  1. Provide opportunities for teachers and students to explore the art of music improvisation and creativity.
  2. Provide scholarships for teachers and students to receive instruction in music improvisation.
  3. Establish a Music Improvisation and Creativity Program at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

James Ramos

James Ramos
received an MPA (Master of Public Administration) with Distinction in Non-Profit Sector Management from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He also earned an MM with advanced doctoral work in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona and a BM in Piano Performance from the University of Redlands with a minor in Psychology.

Mr. Ramos had extensive experience in designing/redesigning and implementing new programs and systems in local to statewide organizations and small businesses. Focused on change management and organizational analysis, he was known for exploring, developing, and playing with ideas and concepts. He also relished the opportunity to work with business owners and managers in improving their individual performance and potential. His work included balancing the competing interests of improved efficiency with the importance of effectiveness and impact, in addition to addressing the resource and deployment challenges of technology integration.

In addition to his work as Chief Operating Officer at BRAVURA innovations, Mr. Ramos was the Managing Partner of Ramos Piano Studios. Other highlights include being the former Executive Director for the University of Redlands Piano Camp and Regional Associate for The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program (TAP).

In addition to his roles with CAPMT, Mr. Ramos also served as the President of MTAC Redlands Branch, MTAC State Foundation Chair, and MTAC State Membership Secretary and Board Member. Mr. Ramos was also the Vice President of the Elvin Samuel McGaughey Music Foundation.

Mr. Ramos was also a music education and performance specialist in the Greater Los Angeles community. His focus areas include Classical Piano, Jazz/Contemporary Piano Styles, Collaborative Piano, Improvisation, and Composition. His presentations included hands-on workshops with music students, seminars with music instructors, and lectures at state music conferences with topics including technology integration, new music, and music improvisation.

A winner and recipient of numerous performance awards and prizes, Mr. Ramos had the honor of being named University of Redlands Performer of the Year. He was a former Faculty/Coordinator of Piano Accompanying at CSU Bakersfield. He was also a past Instructor of Piano, as well as a past Musical Director/Vocal Coach of the Opera Scenes Program at the University of Arizona, where he was nominated for teacher/mentor of the year. In April 2014, Mr. Ramos received a standing ovation for his spectacular performance of the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra.

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