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Alex Ruthmann

Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology, New York University (Steinhardt)
New York, New York, United States

Research field: Arts and Literature - Music
new media musicianship and creativity; technologies for music learning, teaching and engagement in school and community music settings; creative computing; pedagogies of timbre and space, design-based research, entrepreneurship.


Awards and Grants

  •  Dec 2014 
    NSF IIP-1513103: I-Corps: Wireless Invention Kit & Media Engagement Platform - PI - $50,000
  •  Apr 2014 
    NSF Workshop: ThinkTank (Doctoral Consortium) for ICAD 2014 - PI - $22,403 View website
  •  Oct 2013 
    P2PU Development Grant: Play With Your Music - PI - $15,000 View website
  •  Aug 2011 
    NSF DUE-1118435: Computational Thinking through Computing and Music - Co-PI - $449,995 View website
  •  Sep 2008 
    NSF CPATH CB-0722161: Performamatics: Connecting Computer Science to the Arts - $421,000 View website

Biographical Information

Dr. 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 and design. 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 currently a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant researching interdisciplinary methods of teaching of computational and musical thinking, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston-based Music and Youth Initiative. Active in social media, you can follow his curated posts on music learning, teaching and technology as @alexruthmann on Twitter.


Professional Experience

2014 - Present
Guest Researcher at Institute for Cultural Industries, Shenzhen University
Shenzhen, China
2014 - Present
Commissioner at Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission, ISME
New York, New York, United States
2013 - Present
Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology at New York University (Steinhardt)
New York, New York, United States
Classes taught:
Music Reference and Research Materials
Technological Trends in Music Education: Designing Technologies & Experiences for Music Making, Learning and Engagement
Foundations of Music Education
2012 - Present
Jan 2012 - Jun 2012
Visiting Fellow at University of Queensland, Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, & Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, Australia
Classes taught:
@QUT - KMP201: Music Curriculum Studies 1
@UQ - MUS7730: Technology in Music Education
Sep 2008 - May 2013
Assistant Professor - Music, Education & Technology at UMass Lowell
Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Classes taught:
Technology in Music Education
Research in Music Education
General Music Methods
Introduction to Music Education
Sound Thinking (interdisciplinary Gen Ed in Music and Computer Science)
Musicianship & Analysis (integrated applied aural skills and theory)
Practicum and Analysis (student teaching supervision)
Ensemble Performance 1
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Introduction to Practical Accompanying
Progressive Music Performance and Production Pedagogy
First Year Seminar
Aug 2006 - Aug 2008
Assistant Professor of Music Education at Indiana State University
Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Classes taught:
Student Teaching Supervision
Technology for Musicians
Secondary General Music Methods
Research in Music Education
Music Curriculum
Music in Special Education
Introduction to Music Education
Music in the Education of Children
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006
General Music Teacher at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
Classes taught:
Music Triarts
Jan 2003 - Aug 2006
Special Lecturer in Music Education, Technology and Theory at Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan, United States

Jan 2003 - May 2006
Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, United States
Ph.D. in Music Education (with cognate in educational leadership)
Jan 2001 - Dec 2002
Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, United States
M.M. in Music Education
Sep 1996 - May 2000
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
B.M. in Music and Technology, Artist and Scholar Honors, Horn Performance
Consulting Services

Noteflight, LLC -
Grieg Music Education -
Music and Youth Initiative -
Music First -
MusIT -

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