Designing Technologies & Experiences for Music Course – Spring ’16

Designing Technologies and Experiences for Music Making, Learning and Engagement
Technological Trends in Music Education: MPAME-GE 2035 – 3 credits
Spring 2016!
Monday evenings – 6:45pm – 8:25pm
Open Lab: 5-6:30pm @ Leslie eLab

In this course students will work individually and in teams in the design of music technologies and/or experiences for music making, learning and engagement. The course will begin with an introduction to emerging trends in music technology and education, especially related to web- and mobile-based musical experiences and principles of making music with new media. Innovations in and applications of music production, musical interaction, technology design, musical experience design, user-centered design & engagement, scaffolded learning, musical metadata, pedagogies of play and making, and music entrepreneurship will also be explored.

Students will identify an audience of end users (e.g., students, fans, friends, adults, community members, professional musicians, etc.) with whom they will collaborate in the design of their technology and/or experience. Students will participate in an iterative design process with their chosen audience, moving at least twice through a prototyping, implementation, and revision cycle of their music technology and/or experience design.

At the end of the intensive, students will present their projects to the class and to an external panel of educators, technology developers, music industry professionals, and funding partners. This panel will provide feedback on each project. Small seed-funding grants may be available to selected students and/or teams to work toward potentially licensing, commercializing or distributing their projects with community and industry partners.

A small number of community spots will be opened for NYC-area high school students and school and community educators. Please contact for more information.

About the Instructor

S. Alex Ruthmann

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 and technology and leads the NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab), which researches and develops technologies and experiences in collaboration with community and industry partners.

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 Associate Editor of the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, serves on the advisory boards of the British Journal of Music Education and the new Journal of Popular Music Education, and is Past President of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction & Past Co-Editor of the International Journal of Education & the Arts, Dr. Ruthmann has been awarded multiple National Science Foundation grants funding research and commercialization activity at the intersection of STEM and the Arts, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Boston-based Music and Youth Initiative and NYC-based Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop.

About the MusEDLab

We research, design and incubate new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement together with industry and community partners.

We design new musical interfaces, interactions, and experiences that promote musical expression, and remove barriers to learning and teaching.

We support NYU students and educators in developing skills as musicians, educators, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and scholars.

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