The College of Arts and Letters is now the home to New Jersey’s first Ableton Certified Training Center. Ableton is a computer software that allows users to create, produce, and perform their own original works. This certification places Stevens among twelve other certified Ableton training centers in the US, giving Stevens Music and Technology majors an edge when pursing their careers.
"The Music and Technology Program at the College of Arts and Letters is placed firmly on an international stage, providing comprehensive training in one of the most innovative digital audio platforms available in the music industry. Each Music and Technology major will develop a unique skill set to produce original electronic music," said Ricky Graham (Assistant Professor, Music and Technology).
Students majoring in Music and Technology will be instructed in Ableton as part of their Introduction to Electronic Music course. In this course, students will begin to develop an understanding of basic synthesis concepts, including warping and granular synthesis. In subsequent courses, students will continue to refine their skills using Ableton for core sound recording and remixing projects. During their senior year, students may use Ableton for their final design project.
Ultimately, Ableton will aid in the development of each student’s practical and theoretical understanding of music production, composition, and performance. As Professor Graham points out, acquiring this type of understanding is essential for those who want to succeed in today’s music industry.