The Music Department offers the following graduate degrees:
Master of Music in Music Education (Research Thesis/Project Track OR Community Music Option)
The Master of Music in Music Education (Research Thesis/Project Track OR community Music Option) 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 educator.
The Master of Music in Music Education has two non-certification options consisting of the research-based Research Thesis/Project track for fully-certified music teachers who are seeking professionalization and the 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 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.
In addition to the admission requirements for all applicants to the Master of Music programs, applicants to the music education program must submit:
For the thesis option:
For the certification option:
Pedagogy 6-9 Credits
Research - 3 credits
General Education - 3 - 6 Credits
Music Theory/History - 3 Credits
Graduate Performance Ensembles - 3 credits
Music Ed Electives - 6 credits
Music Core - 9 Credits
Non-Music Ed Electives - 6 credits
Performance Ensembles - 2 credits
Applied Music - 4 credits
Project or Thesis - 3 credits
The Master of Music in Sound Recording Technology (MM:SRT) program enhances the musical and technical capabilities of the graduate through deep studies of the are, science and practice in this ever-advancing field. Significant hands-on, in-studio project work, using the newest technologies and a broad collection of time-proven vintage equipment, enables the student to apply their acquired knowledge toward artistic and research projects throughout the two years of study. Technology is always studied in the context of the relevant aesthetics - for music, picture or games: in live performance or in the studio.
Graduates of the program find meaningful careers in music production and engineering, sound design, music performance, technical support, research and development, product management, test and measurement, system design,education and more.
The program prepares graduates to be lifelong learners in a changing, high tech field through foundational studies and experiences with a music technology core, informed by advanced critical listening, empowered by problem solving and critical thinking, challenged by leading edge innovation and guided by deep knowledge o the associated arts.
In addition to the admission requirements for all applicants to the Master of Music programs, applicants to the sound recording technology program must submit
MM:SRT offers two concentrations. The Technical Concentration is for students with a strong math and science background, leading to publication of a research thesis in the sound recording technology field. The Production Concentration’s capstone effort is the Masters Recording Project, for students focused on the art and practice of sound recording.
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.
Major Field (15 credits)
Music Core (9 credits)
Electives (6 credits)
Technical elective (one from below)
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.
Electives (6 credits)
Production elective (one from below)
Objectives of the Master of Music in Music Education (Teaching Certification)
The Master of Music in Music Education (Teaching Certification) is for music teachers who are in the process of earning their initial teacher certification in Massachusetts.
The Master of Music in Music Education (Teaching Certification) 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 in Music Education (Teaching Certification) degree. Upon completion of this degree program, through our Graduate School of Education, students may file an application to the Massachusetts Department of Education for initial licensure and become fully certified teachers in Massachusetts.
Program Requirements - Certification Option Pedaogogy 6 - 9 Credits
Research - 3 Credits
General Education - 3 Credits
Graduate Performance Ensembles - 3 Credits Teaching Practicum