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Contemporary Music Media and Jazz

Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Music in Music Technology

With the revolution that has occurred in modern music technology both creative and technical aspects have been brought to the forefront. To compete effectively in today's music world, an artist must possess a strong music background, plus the technical expertise required to make aesthetic decisions and achieve artistic goals.

The Duquesne University School of Music can help you meet this challenge through its Bachelor of Music Technology degrees. These unique programs “bridge the gap" between musical and technological training by combining a traditional music education with hands-on training and theoretical understanding of recording arts and sciences and music technology.

Along with excellent facilities comes a highly skilled and creative faculty, all of whom are active not only in the academic aspects of their fields but also in professional performance and recording. In addition, students benefit from the entire Mary Pappert School of Music faculty, which includes nearly twenty members of the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and many active jazz and rock musicians among its distinguished performers, teachers and scholars.


Jazz at Duquesne emphasizes traditional jazz idioms and includes courses in improvisation, arranging, ear training and performance in small and large ensembles.

Duquesne's close association with the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild and nearly a dozen area jazz clubs provides a variety of opportunities for students to perform with and learn from nationally-known visiting artists.

Courses in jazz are open to all music majors, regardless of degree program.

William Purse

Chair of Contemporary Music Media & Jazz

Email - pursew@duq.edu
Phone - 412.396.5866

Contemporary Music Media and Jazz Faculty