William Edward Purse

Title: Music Educator, Writer
Company: Duquesne University
Location: Allison Park, California, United States

William Edward Purse, Music Educator and Writer at Duquesne University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computer music notation, teaching guitar, recording arts and sciences.

Two of Mr. Purse’s biggest influences in music were his father, who played the guitar, and watching The Beatles perform on TV. With these influences helping him develop a sincere love of music, Mr. Purse pursued the industry in every way a person can. Not only has he worked as an academic, but Mr. Purse performed in rock bands, show bands and in groups in Las Vegas and Reno. As an educator and chair of contemporary music media and jazz at Duquesne University, Mr. Purse shares this love with students; working with more than 75 music technology majors and an additional 40 in jazz. He has been with the institution since 1985 and remains committed to his work in various aspects. He is also credited with developing the countries first music technology major.

In his own academic pursuits, Mr. Purse earned a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Duquesne University in 1981, and continued at the institution to receive a master’s degree in performance and composition in 1987. He also studied at the EDUCOM Education Computing at Mills College and at the Center for Electronic Music. In his career he has authored the technical book Final Primer; Home Recording Basics and served as a musician, producer and artistic director for Sonic Art, Tributes and Reappearance with Catch 22. He also authored the music method book Warner Brothers Classroom Guitar Method. In 2002, he received a citation for his guitar and leadership in education from the Senate of Pennsylvania. In 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Guitar Performance and Pedagogy. He was also the recipient of the President’s Award for Scholarship at Duquesne University in 1996. Looking toward the future, he endeavors to continue working in production and in documentary work on famous pianists and musicians.

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