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Department of Performing Arts Technology


The Department of Performing Arts Technology seeks to advance the aesthetics of technology-based arts through performance, the development of emerging technologies, and research. Collaboration and creativity are key components of the interdisciplinary study of music, dance, theatre, engineering, art, and film and video.


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The University of Michigan maintains extensive computing resources for all students and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance vigorously promotes applications of technology in music. The Brehm Technology Innovation Suite features professional-quality facilities including the Music Technology Lab, Chip Davis Technology Studio, Control Room, and two Editing Rooms. These studios feature state-of-the-art equipment in acoustically optimized spaces. The nearby Duderstadt Center houses two Electronic Music Studios, the Audio Studio, the Video Studio, and several project studios, a virtual-reality laboratory, and design studios.




Part-time Lecturers

Christopher Burns

Paul Dooley


Eric Morgeson

Dick Siegel

Associated Faculty

Robert Swedberg

Gregory Wakefield (Computer Science & Engineering)


Professor of Voice Louise Toppin
SMTD welcomes new faculty

SMTD is delighted to welcome new faculty in the departments of performing arts technology, strings, musical theatre, and voice. more


SMTD logo for eventPerforming Arts Technology Seminar: Hannah B. Higgins

Friday, March 9 - 3:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

SMTD logo for eventDepartment of Performing Arts Technology Showcase

Saturday, March 17 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Audio Studio in the Duderstadt Center, across from the School of Music Theater & Dance, available for student work
Students live stream a synced performance in Electronic Chamber Music, a course available to Performing Arts Technology studentsVideo Studio at the Duderstadt Center, available for multimedia performance and student worksGypsy Pond Music, an annual installation created by the students of the Digital Music EnsembleLive motion capture demo in the 3D Lab, a space available to students, designed for projects ranging from motion capture to video game design to 3d animationThe School of Music, Theatre & Dance, in which the Performing Arts Technology department is located.The Duderstadt Center, in which the recording and multimedia studios are located. This is across the street from the School of Music, Theatre & Dance on North Campus.
"I was a performing arts technology major focused in composition; I was involved in every aspect of sound in performance that exists in this school. It’s the most versatile music degree you can get."
Kevin DeKimpe, BFA Performing Arts Technology 2010

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U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower