Music

Master's Programs in Music

The Music Department offers the following graduate degrees:

  Master of Music in Music Education

Program Objectives

The Master of Music (M.M.) degree programs at UMass Lowell provide advanced study of music teaching and learning and professional preparation for those engaged in or aspiring to a career as a music teacher. Our program offerings include a teaching certification option and two non-certification options.  

The Master of Music in Music Education has two non-certification options consisting of the research-based Thesis option for fully-certified music teachers who are seeking professionalization and our newly created Community Music option which serves to broaden the definition of music education to include other venues beyond public school teaching such as community outreach programs, arts organizations and educational media. 

All of our degree programs are designed to facilitate students' growth and development as leaders in the profession of music education; as creative problem solvers and innovative thinkers; as individuals who love music and the arts and utilize their knowledge of and enthusiasm for music to inspire students; and as contributors, through research, to the profession and discipline of music education. The Music Education curriculum is based on the belief that music educators must have comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter of music, an awareness of current theory and practice in music education, and an understanding of recent curriculum development and contemporary issues in general education. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements for all applicants to the Master of Music programs, applicants to the music education program must submit: 

  1. Resume 
  2. For the thesis option: 
    1. verification of initial certification in music and/or proof of music teaching experience 
    2. a sample of your scholarly writing about music or music education. This may be a term paper or research paper written in any baccalaureate level music class, providing evidence of writing skills and potential for writing at the level of a graduate thesis. 
  3. For the certification option: 
    1. verification of preliminary certification and proof of music teaching experience or provisional certification, with advanced standing 
    2. an essay of at least three typewritten pages addressing the following: 
  4. the applicant's purpose and specific objectives in pursuing graduate study in music education 
  5. the applicant's philosophy of education in general and arts education in particular 

Program Requirements - Certification Option

  • Graduate Core Courses (71.510, 75.510, and program-specific research course) 
  • Research in Music Education 
  • Music Theory Elective 
  • Music Elective* 
  • Seminar in Music Education 
  • Music Education Elective 
  • Multicultural Music Education 
  • Clinical Experience 
  • Project Report 
  • Music History Elective 
  • Music Electives 

*Music Electives may be applied music, ensembles, theory, history, or conducting in addition to music education. 

Program Requirements - Research/Thesis Option

  • Graduate Core Courses (71.510, 75.510, and program-specific research course) 
  • Research in Music Education 
  • Music Theory Elective 
  • Ensemble 
  • Applied Lessons 
  • Seminar in Music Education 
  • Music Education Elective 
  • Music Education Elective 
  • Thesis 
  • Ensemble 
  • Applied Lessons 
  • Music History Elective 
  • Music Electives* 

*Music Electives may be applied music, ensembles, theory, history, or conducting in addition to music education.

Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology

Concentrations:

  • Technical
  • Production

Program Objectives

The Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology program is designed to provide graduates with in-depth knowledge of current and experimental audio technologies, sound recording technology, production practice, and research practices and techniques. The careers of the recording industry form the point of reference for the entire audio industry. They create a baseline of (1) the technical and creative skills required to execute production projects and (2) the technology requirements of the production process, the development of consumer products, and work in the media. The MM:SRT program is focused on providing this knowledge and the related creative abilities. 

Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

For first-year students to be accepted into the program, they must have 

  • completed an undergraduate degree comparable to UMass Lowell's Bachelor of Music: Sound Recording Technology program, containing course work equivalent to the following: 
    • Sound Recording Technology Courses: 
      • Critical & Analytical Listening 
      • Recording Production (w/lab) 
      • Audio Theory (w/lab) 
      • Recording Industry 
      • SRT Internship 
      • Introduction to Recording 
      • Multi-track Production 
      • Recording Studio Repair and Maintenance 
  • Music Courses 
  • Music Theory 3 and 4 
  • Keyboard Skills 
  • Ensemble Experiences 
  • Aural Skills 4 
  • Applied Music 6 
  • Conducting 2 
  • Math and Science Courses: 
  • Calculus 2 
  • Intro to Physics (w/lab) 
  • Acoustics & Psychoacoustics (78.390) 
  • Computer Science for SRT Applications (91.211) 
  • Fundamental Electronics for Sound Recording (16.214) 
  • shown suitable production skill and experience, as evidenced in a recording submitted with detailed documentation 
  • passed the MM:SRT Entrance Exam 
  • submitted a completed application to the Graduate Admissions Office, including an acceptable Statement of Career Objectives and Interests, and received acknowledgement of receipt 
  • submitted three letters of recommendation, which evidence the student's preparedness for graduate study in the MM:SRT program 

Admission Requirements 

Transfer students

Transfer students must meet all of the requirements for admission to the MM:SRT program and the requirements listed in the Transfer Credit section of the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog. Potential applicants for transfer are cautioned that, because of the uniqueness of the MM:SRT program, it is unlikely that courses from other institutions will be transferable. 

A transfer applicant's transcript(s) will be evaluated by SRT faculty, and any deficiencies in the applicant's background will become "conditions" on full matriculation into the MM:SRT program. A condition is simply a course or courses required for entrance to the MM:SRT program. Conditions are listed on the acceptance letter from the Graduate Admissions Office. Ordinarily, a condition is removed by passing the course(s) listed on the acceptance letter with a grade of C or better. Conditions must be removed before a student can be cleared for the awarding of the degree. Students should file an academic petition for fully matriculated status with the Graduate Coordinator when they believe they have fulfilled all their conditions. Courses taken to fulfill conditions are above and beyond the requirements for the degree and do not count for graduate credit. In addition, passing the graduate level course for which the condition course is a prerequisite does not constitute fulfillment of the condition. 

Program Requirements

The MM:SRT program requires the following: 

  1. Graduate Core Courses (71.610, 78.650, and 76.xxx ensemble participation) 
  2. a select group of three 3-credit required courses in SRT 
  3. either a thesis (six credits) or an SRT recording project (six credits), which will be carried out under the guidance of an SRT faculty member 
  4. elective studies in areas supporting a capstone project, and free electives 

Program Concentrations

Students must select either a Technical or Production Concentration. These concentrations allow the student to specialize in the technical/research or the artistic/production sides of the audio industry. The capstone project (either the thesis or the recording project) is the principal distinguishing element of each specialization. It is supported by an elective course agreed upon with the student's faculty advisor, who will also often be the thesis or recording project advisor. 

The Technical Concentration

The Technical Concentration requires the student to complete the SRT masters thesis and at least one technical elective course that is approved in advance by the student's faculty advisor. The course of study for Technical Concentration students will be as follows: 

  1. Major Field (15 credits) 
    • 78.520 Recording Analysis (3) 
    • 78.630 Technologies of Audio (3) 
    • 78.640 Production Practicum (3) 
    • 78.743 SRT Masters Thesis (6) 
  2. Music Core (9 credits) 
    • 71.610 Structure, Context, and Style (3) 
    • 78.650 Research in SRT (3) 
    • 76.xxx Ensemble Participation (3) 
  3. Electives (6 credits) 
    • Technical elective (3) 
    • Free elective (approved by the faculty advisor) (3) 

The Production Concentration

The Production Concentration requires the student to complete the masters recording project and at least one production elective related to their capstone project. Two other electives, approved in advance by the student's faculty advisor, are required. The course of study for Production Concentration students will be as follows: 

  1. Major Field (15 credits) 
    • 78.520 Recording Analysis (3) 
    • 78.630 Technologies of Audio (3) 
    • 78.640 Production Practicum (3) 
    • 78.740 Masters Recording Project (6) 
  2. Music Core (9 credits) 
    • 71.610 Structure, Context, and Style (3) 
    • 78.650 Research in SRT (3) 
    • 76.xxx Ensemble Participation (3) 
  3. Electives (6 credits) 
    • Production elective (3) 
    • Free elective [approved by the faculty advisor] (3) 

  Master of Music Education

Objectives of the Master of Music Education

The Master of Music Education is a Teacher Certification option for music teachers who are in the process of earning their initial teacher certification in Massachusetts.   

All of our degree programs are designed to facilitate students' growth and development as leaders in the profession of music education; as creative problem solvers and innovative thinkers; as individuals who love music and the arts and utilize their knowledge of and enthusiasm for music to inspire students; and as contributors, through research, to the profession and discipline of music education. The Music Education curriculum is based on the belief that music educators must have comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter of music, an awareness of current theory and practice in music education, and an understanding of recent curriculum development and contemporary issues in general education. 

The Master of Music Education is also the graduate segment of the music teacher preparation/certification program at the university for Graduates of our Music Studies program. Upon successful completion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Music Studies graduates may apply directly for the Master of Music Education degree. Upon completion of the M.M. degree program, students may file an application to the Massachusetts Department of Education for initial licensure and become fully certified teachers in Massachusetts. 

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree or its equivalent with a major in music. Applicants who possess an undergraduate degree in music education will not be considered for admission to the Master of Music in Teaching degree program, as these students will have completed their student teaching and obtained initial teacher certification. Those applicants will be considered for admission to the Master of Music in Music Education degree program. 
  2. Applicants for the MM in Teaching degree program must present evidence of having passed all parts of the Massachusetts Teachers' Test. 
  3. Official transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate school previously attended must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. 
  4. An official copy of the applicant's scores obtained on the Graduate Record Examination must be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. 
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons who are qualified to evaluate the applicant's academic and professional abilities. 
  6. Applicants must have taken course work equivalent to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Bachelor of Music in Music Studies degree. 

Program Requirements

  • Graduate Core Courses (71.510, 75.510, and program-specific research course) 
  • History/Theory Course 
  • Performance Course 
  • Music Education Elective
  • Apprentice Teaching 
  • Diversity in the Classroom 
  • Child Development and Assessment for Learning 
  • Foundations of Music Education