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Alex Ruthmann

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology
  • New York University Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development
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Research interests researchteaching and engagement in school and community music settings; creative computing; pedagogies of timbre and spacenew media musicianship and creativity; technologies for music learning


S. Alex Ruthmann is Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at NYU Steinhardt where he teaches courses at the intersection of music, education, technology, design and entrepreneurship. He leads the NYU Music Experience Design Lab, which connects students and faculty with community and industry partners in researching and designing new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement. Since joining the faculty at NYU Steinhardt, Ruthmann has co-developed the Play With Your Music MOOC in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and P2PU. He works collaboratively with students and faculty researchers in the NYU Music and Audio Research Lab on applying basic research in music information retrieval to educational experiences. He is Past President of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Co-Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, Associate Editor of the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, and serves on the advisory board of the British Journal of Music Education. Dr. Ruthmann is the recipient of multiple National Science Foundation grants researching interdisciplinary methods of teaching of computational and musical thinking, and commercialization strategies for music and media technologies for novices and youth. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Music and Youth Initiative and the Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop. Active in social media, you can follow his curated posts on music learning, teaching and technology as @alexruthmann on Twitter.


Co-authors (32)

Publications (5)

  • The routledge companion to music, technology, and education

    • King A
    • Himonides E
    • Ruthmann S
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  • Play With Your Music

    • Gennarelli V
    • Ruthmann S
  • Teaching music creatively

    • Burnard P
    • Murphy R
    • Okuno E
    • et al.
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  • Editorial

    • Dillon S
    • Myllykoski M
    • Rantalainen A
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  • Techniques at the intersection of computing and music

    • Heines J
    • Greher G
    • Ruthmann S
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Journal of Music, Technology and Education

Associate Editor

2013 - Present

International Journal of Education & the Arts


2012 - 2015(3 years)

Professional experience

Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology

New York University (Steinhardt)

September 2013 - Present

Assistant Professor - Music, Education & Technology

UMass Lowell

September 2008 - May 2013(5 years)

Visiting Fellow

University of Queensland, Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, & Queensland University of Technology

January 2012 - June 2012(5 months)

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Indiana State University

August 2006 - August 2008(2 years)

Special Lecturer in Music Education, Technology and Theory

Oakland University

January 2003 - August 2006(4 years)

General Music Teacher

Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School

September 2003 - June 2006(3 years)


Ph.D. in Music Education (with cognate in educational leadership)

Oakland University

January 2003 - May 2006(3 years)

M.M. in Music Education

Oakland University

January 2001 - December 2002(2 years)

B.M. in Music and Technology, Artist and Scholar Honors, Horn Performance

University of Michigan

September 1996 - May 2000(4 years)