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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)


Isaac Levine (left), Mary Jo Disler (center), and Joseph Daniel (right)
Three alumni featured at Yale University carillon congress

Two SMTD alumni won the 2016 Yale University Twilight Concert and Competition Contest.  more

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DJ and Techno Producer Carl Craig visits SMTD (VIDEO)

Carl Craig, founder of Planet E Communications and Detroit techno legend, talks with Performing Arts Technology students about being a working DJ and producer. more

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Refreshable Braille device

SMTD's associate professor of Performing Arts Technology Sile O'Modhrain is helping to develop a refreshable Braille device.  more

SMTD’s Collage Concert XXXIX

The most anticipated SMTD event of every year, the Collage Concert is a non-stop evening of virtuosity, featuring students from every performance discipline in a riveting display of talent, made even more exciting by unique ensembles, exhilarating repertoire, and unexpected juxtapositions of acts. more


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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David Smith

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