Music Department

About Us

The Department of Music at the University of Massachusetts Lowell offers four undergraduate majors:

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 Education.  This program leads to Initial Licensure.

Graduate studies include the following Master of Music degrees:

Faculty, Students and Facilities

The Music Department resides in Durgin Hall, located on UMass Lowell's South Campus, overlooking the Merrimack River.  It is minutes from downtown Lowell and convenient to Boston by car, bus or train.

The Department has 17 full-time faculty and 45 adjunct faculty. Our typical enrollment is approximately 470 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

Durgin Hall contains a 1,200-seat concert hall, a 225-seat Recital Hall, 30 rehearsal suites, 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), as well as numerous classroom spaces (all equipped with fully integrated smart-classroom technology). The recital and concert halls accommodate student performances, as well as professional presentations as part of the Community Arts Outreach Program or the Department's Guest Performer Series.

Our Music Technology Computer Laboratory features 20 student workstations, each of which boasts state-of-the-art Apple computer platforms with MIDI keyboards and audio interfacing. The computers are equipped with a wide variety of industry-standard software including music notation, MIDI and audio multitracking, graphics, programming, office-suites and networking applications. 

The UMass Lowell Music Department and all of its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 


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.

The Department of Music is an innovative, contemporary institution dedicated to providing tomorrow's musicians with a superior education and viable career training within the changing musical landscape of the 21st century. 

Statement of Objectives:

  • Provide the highest quality of education at an affordable cost;
  • Assess, evaluate and respond to the demands of the changing 21st century musical landscape;
  • Provide students with viable career prospects upon graduation;
  • Develop the next generation of musical leaders;
  • Promote entrepreneurial and innovative thinking;
  • Prioritize student success;
  • Create lifelong learners and continued engagement in professional fields;
  • Foster diverse musical thinking and training in a manner that acknowledges our contemporary global society;Provide a strong, integrated base of musical training with a thorough concentration in a chosen program area;
  • Prepare students for success in a rapidly changing economy; and
  • Foster a community of professional musicians, including our alumni.