S. Alex Ruthmann

Associate Professor of Music Education and Music Technology

S. Alex Ruthmann

Phone: 212-998-5607

S. Alex Ruthmann is the Director of the NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab) at NYU Steinhardt. The MusEDLab researches and designs new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement together with industry and community partners including the New York Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Theolonius Monk Institute of Jazz, Yungu School, Portfolio School, Guitar Mash, Tinkamo, UNESCO, Peer 2 Peer University, and the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. He and his collaborators are the recipients of multiple National Science Foundation grants exploring the interdisciplinary teaching of computational and musical thinking, commercialization strategies, and creative learning through music and media education technologies.

MusEDLab creative learning and software projects are in active use by over 500,000 people in over 150 countries across the world and include the aQWERTYon, GroovePizza, MathScienceMusic.org, PlayWithYourMusic.org, and Music Playgrounds, among others. The MusEDLab recently opened a branch at NYU's Shanghai campus as part of the Program on Creativity and Innovation. The MusEDLab is a collaborative of over 25 NYU students and program affiliates in New York City and Shanghai.

Ruthmann is Co-Editor of the new Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education, and the Routledge Companion to Music, Technology and Education. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, and a member of the editorial/advisory boards of the British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Popular Music Education, and the Journal of Music and Meaning. In prior years he has served as President of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Chair of the Creativity special research interest group of the Society for Research in Music Education, Co-Editor and Managing Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, and Program Director for Music Education at NYU Steinhardt. Ruthmann received an interdisciplinary B.Mus. degree from the University of Michigan in Music and Technology, and M.Mus. and Ph.D. degrees in Music Education from Oakland University. Active in social media, you can follow curated posts on music learning, teaching and technology @musedlab on Twitter.