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Purdue’s music technology moving to Sweetwater campus

January 10, 2018 GMT

The future home of Purdue Fort Wayne’s music technology program will be on the Sweetwater campus.

Sweetwater will convert an existing 8,000 square foot building south of the company’s main offices into studios, classrooms and other teaching space, IPFW and Sweetwater announced Wednesday.

Sweetwater founder Chuck Surack and his wife Lisa will provide 1.465 million in-kind gift to the school, according to officials.

The facility is expected to open in August with about 40 students but is expected to triple in enrollment in five to seven years, said Greg Jones, IPFW music department chairman. While current music degrees have a core of classical music, the new program will focus on the production of popular music, he said.

Indiana University and Purdue University trustees approved an agreement for IPFW’s governance that establishes two institutions beginning July 1, 2018. IU will have a lower profile and focus on health sciences. Purdue will handle all other academic programs, including IU’s former music program, and become Purdue Fort Wayne.

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“Sweetwater’s relationship with the music department at the IU and Purdue campus has been strong for decades,” Chuck Surack said. “This music technology facility takes that relationship to an entirely new level. It will not only provide a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art learning facility but will allow for more collaboration and integration between students and the professional work of Sweetwater’s talented and dedicated music professionals, as well as access through internships to our three professional recording studios and performance theatre. We also look forward to having Purdue students here to explore and enjoy the many unique features of our campus.”