Hoboken, N.J. – Stevens Institute of Technology has the second most innovative college music program in the nation, second only to the Berklee College of Music. The recent ranking comes from The Best Colleges, a website which provides independent evaluations of U.S. colleges based on publically available data and research.
The Best Colleges states that Stevens is poised to change the industry through its Music & Technology program, which prepares students for degrees in production, recording and sound design.
“Technological competency and innovation are becoming increasingly essential for success in all facets of the highly-competitive music industry, and this ranking recognizes Stevens’ leadership in providing students with the skills needed to meet these demands,” said Dr. Lisa Dolling, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens.
In a blog post from The Best Colleges, Stevens was especially praised for its interdisciplinary curriculum and focus on providing real-world experience.
“Through physics, engineering and technology, [Stevens’ Music & Technology students] learn how the brain processes sound,” the blog post stated. “Collaborations between the music and other departments at the school turn up projects with futuristic names like, ‘A Transderivational Search Engine for Creative Analogy Generation in Mixed-Media Design.’”
The blog post also pointed to the real world experience afforded to Stevens Music & Technology students, which often serves as a valuable springboard for their future careers.
Stevens’ Music & Technology program, housed within the College of Arts & Letters, offers courses in sound recording, music theory, digital music systems and much more. Students have access to cutting-edge electronic music and recording equipment in a number of state-of-the art teaching facilities and studios. They also benefit from working with and learning from faculty who are all world-class musicians, composers and producers.
The program’s mission is to build musicianship skills and technological aptitude while cultivating the critical thinking skills necessary for implementing creative and technical innovation in music.
Stevens’ Music & Technology Program not only outranked numerous programs found at prestigious music and art-focused colleges such as Bard College Conservatory of Music, but also beat out two of the largest programs in the world: Florida State University’s College of Music, and Leeds College of Music—the largest in the UK.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The university is the fastest-rising college in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create, designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.