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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Chair's Welcome

Debra Burns, PhD, MT-BC

Welcome to the Department of Music and Arts Technology (MAT).

The department offers graduate degree programs in music technology and music therapy as well as an undergraduate degree in music technology. All degree programs are focused on technological innovation in the arts to improve access to high quality performing arts and understand the influence of the performing arts on health and well-being. We are training dedicated 21st century musicians with a progressive education emphasizing integrations of science and sound. Our students learn the technical, theoretical, and creative skills required to be successful in today’s music professions.

Our department and programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), requiring routine self-evaluation to meet evolving quality standards. Our Master’s of Science in Music Therapy is also approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

The department laboratory space includes a state of the art Critical Listening Environment for Audio Recording (CLEAR) and the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Lab. These labs provide opportunities to engage in cutting edge creative performances and real life recording opportunities. The integration of the music within the School of Engineering and Technology provides a multitude of original collaborations across departments. Furthermore, the placement of the department on the IUPUI campus, provides our music therapy students access to 3 high quality healthcare systems to engage in research and clinical experiences.

We welcome you to explore the opportunities described throughout the website. Please contact us with any questions.

Best wishes,

Debra Burns, PhD, MT-BC

MAT Department Chair