College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Music Department

The Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers four undergraduate majors (sound recording technologymusic studies (pre-education), performance, and music business) and graduate degrees in music education, music teaching, and sound recording technology. All music majors are professional Bachelor of Music degree programs and require an audition for admission. The Department also offers a five-year dual degree program combining the Bachelor of Music in Music Studies with the Master of Music in Teaching.  This program leads to initial teacher licensure.

The Department has 15 full-time faculty and 48 adjunct faculty. Our typical enrollment is approximately 350 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. Durgin Hall, home to the Department, contains a 1200 seat concert hall, a 225 seat Recital Hall, six sound recording technology studios of various types (including world-class tracking and mixing spaces), a music technology laboratory (containing state of the art Apple workstations with MIDI keyboards), two ensemble rehearsal rooms, 30 practice rooms, and numerous classroom spaces.

The Department’s largest program is sound recording technology; it is one of the University’s six “Signature Programs” and a program that has become nationally recognized for the quality of its graduates and faculty. The University was also the first public institution in the United States to offer a music education degree, and continues to be a regional leader in the discipline. Music education/teaching (Music Studies) is the Department’s second largest program.  

The Music Business program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has been in existence since the early 1980’s and was one of the first established in the US. Student enrollment in the program is typically around 70 majors. 

Finally, as Lowell is located within easy reach of the culturally-rich Greater Boston area, our Performance program benefits greatly from world class musicians teaching applied music, directing ensembles and teaching seminars, as well as giving master classes and concerts.


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Mission Statement

The UMass Lowell Department of Music strives:
  • To create a musical community that values and is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
  • To give the student an intensive professional education in his or her musical discipline.
  • To prepare each student with a strong, integrated foundation in creative musicianship.
  • To develop an informed and inquiring mind that enables each graduate to engage the fundamental issues of his or her art and to become an effective cultural leader in their communities.
  • To prioritize student success through offering the highest quality music instruction and opportunities for community engagement at an affordable cost.