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Virtual Webinar! series 7: Learning, Collaborating and Making Music Online: An Exploration of Possibilities

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The Series of Webinars for Professional Development in the Arts aims to provide opportunities for college students, professors, practitioners and researchers to participate in webinars with internationally recognized leaders and experts in music and arts education. This program has strengthened international collaboration among educational and research institutions in Argentina, Canada, Cyprus, Brazil, England, Mexico and the United States. Initiated in February 2010 at the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, the Seventh Series is also simultaneously transmitted at the University of Cambridge, Ball State University, Benedictine University, Simon Fraser Unviersity, University of London, Universidad Veracruzana, Gettysburg College, Conservatorio de Música de Chihuahua, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, University of Cyprus, SEEECH , and IIIECH . You are cordially invited to participate in this collaborative effort to bring the latest advances in music and arts education research, and their implications for practice in the arts.


This presentation will introduce the audience to several projects currently being incubated within the NYU Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab). We research and design new technologies and experiences for music making, learning and engagement with community and industry partners. Our current work focuses on the design of new music learning and making experiences through online music and media creation tools, forums, and interactive media. Three main projects-in-progress will be presented and summarized: 1) a pilot inquiry into the social sharing practices within the About Composition forum, 2) design-based research outcomes from the Play With Your Music MOOC project, and 3) a preview of the development of new collaborative browser-based music making tools and “making kits” for young musical creators.


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, 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, and is currently a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant researching interdisciplinary methods of teaching of computational and musical thinking.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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