Bill Purse is a Professor of Music Technology and Guitar and Chair of Contemporary Music Media and Jazz at Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), where he demonstrates unique abilities as an administrator (securing accreditation for never before sanctioned degrees in music technology and electronic performance). Purse received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at Duquesne University, as well as an EduCom (Education Communication) grant for study with Dr. Carol Lennox at Mills College for multimedia development in 1990. Purse has studied composition with Dr. Joseph Wilcox Jenkins at Duquesne University School of Music. In addition, Purse has studied privately with Howard Massey at the Center for Electronic Music in New York, and with guitar virtuosos Pat Martino and Joe Negri. His full Curriculum Vitae is available on request.

Purse has received Duquesne University’s 1996 President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and a 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award for guitar pedagogy and performance. He is also an honored member of the Lexington Who’s Who.

Guitar Education

Bill Purse provides national outreach to music educators throughout the US. Bill Purse not only influences students but the entire music industry and music education at a national level through his association with NAMM [National Association of Music Merchants] programs Teaching Guitar Workshops (Chair Emeritus), Guitar Education Team (Chair Emeritus) and in addition through important text books he has written and published by Alfred, MusicMusic, Warner Bros., and Mel Bay. When it comes to delivering the next generation of musicians the tools of the 21st century without compromising musicianship and tradition, Bill Purse is at the forefront of the music world.


Music Technology Instruction

Purse has pioneered course and curriculum development for music technology at Duquesne University.  He has been the Chair of Music Technology since 1992 and, in partnership with Dr. Judith Bowman and Lynn Emberg Purse, developed a new Master’s Degree in Music Technology with tracks in Digital Music Pedagogy, Electronic Composition and Electronic Performance. As an executive board member of TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) he has written curriculum for the summer TI:ME Level I & Level II courses for MIDI and Sequencing and Digital Audio Recording.  His expertise in Music Technology, Electronic Performance and Electronic Composition make him a frequent lecturer, clinician and author at a wide array of national conferences, online webinars and at educational institutions in the US and Canada.


G Vox

The world’s first interactive guitar computer software. Duquesne University edition designed by Bill Purse.



Bill Purse was an early staff writer for one of the first publications focusing on MIDI Guitarists. Please enjoy these articles.

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Strolling MIDI Guitarist


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Bill Purse with Guitar Educators and Renowned Artists


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