Nicolas Ruth

Nicolas Ruth

Professor of Digital Communication in the Music and Entertainment Industries

Unviersity of Music and Theatre Munich

Biography

Nicolas Ruth is a music and media communication science scholar with a focus on music/media psychology and management. Since 2022 he is a professor for Digital Communication in the Music and Entertainment Industries. After studying Musicology and Popular Music and Media, he did his PhD on prosocial music. Ruth has conducted research on music reception on radio/TV, music and advertising, and the development of musical abilities and personality in children using a wide range of methods such as experiments, surveys, data science, content analyses, and interviews. His current research is on uses and effects of music streaming technologies.

Interests

  • Digital communication
  • Development of musical abilities
  • Prosocial music
  • Streaming
  • Music marketing
  • Music in the media

Education

  • Doctoral degree in Media Communication, 2018

    Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg

  • Master of Arts in Popular Music and Media, 2012

    University of Paderborn

  • Bachelor of Arts in Musicology, 2010

    Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Professor for Digital Communication in the Music and Entertainment Industries

Institute for Cultural Management and Media, University of Music and Theatre Munich

May 2022 – Present Munich, Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching in M.A. Digital Communication in the Music and Entertainment Industries
  • Supervising theses
  • Managing the M.A. program
  • Writing research grant applications
  • Research on music streaming and digital communication
 
 
 
 
 

Interim Professor

Institute for Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg

Apr 2021 – Sep 2022 Hamburg, Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching in B.A. and M.A. Systematic Musicology
  • Supervising theses
  • Elected Representative in the Committee for Teaching, Studies and Academic Reform
  • Writing research grant applications
  • Research on music streaming and mobile music usage
 
 
 
 
 

PostDoc Research Fellow

Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London

May 2019 – Mar 2021 London, UK

Responsibilities include:

  • Analysing data
  • Managing a longitudinal study
  • Writing papers
  • Supervising master theses
  • Elected Early Career Researcher Representative
 
 
 
 
 

Research & Teaching Associate / Doctoral Student

Media and Business Communication Group, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg

Nov 2012 – Mar 2019 Würzburg, Germany

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching in B.Sc. and M.Sc. Media Communication
  • Research on music and media
  • Management of recording studio lab
  • Supervising bachelor and master theses

Funding & Grants

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

2-year fully funded fellowship

  • Project title: Music was my first love? The impact of musical abilities on the development of personality

Start-up funding

Grant for organizing an interdisciplinary conference

DAAD Conference Grants

Awards to assist with the costs of attending the following conferences:

  • ICA 2018 (Prague, Czech Republic)
  • ICMPC 2016 (San Francisco, USA)
  • IASPM 2015 (Campinas, Brazil)

Recent Publications

Teaching

M.Sc. & B.Sc. seminars

Download a complete list of teaching and supervising experience here

This is a downloadable pdf with all teaching experience and supervised theses in English and German

Einführung in die Musikpsychologie [Introduction to music psychology]

Forschungsperspektiven auf populäre Musik [Research perspectives on popular music]

Musikmarketing auf Basis theoretischer Ansätze und empirischer Erkenntnisse [Music marketing based on theoretical and empirical insights]

Algorithmusgeleitetes Musikstreaming am Beispiel von Spotify [Algorithm based music streaming as shown on Spotify]

Musik- und Eventmanagement

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