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Shadow Days 2018: February 22-23

Interested in majoring in Music?
Come check out UMass Lowell!
Spend the day while you audition.

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The music department’s mission is to provide students with a superior music education that will prepare them for meaningful careers in their chosen professions. As undergraduates, students may specialize in one of four options including performance, music business, sound recording technology and music studies, which leads to preparation for a teaching degree. The department has 12 full-time faculty members and 46 adjunct faculty members. Many of our faculty members are active musical performers and/or are involved in many different types of outside music organizations. Typical enrollment is approximately 325 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. Durgin Hall, home to the department, contains a 1200-seat concert hall, a 175-seat recital hall, six sound recording studios of various types, a music technology laboratory containing 22 iMac computer workstations with MIDI keyboards and music editing software, ensemble rehearsal rooms, 30 practice rooms and numerous classroom spaces.

Come spend the day with us and see for yourself what Music at UMass Lowell can offer you!

Register Online for the Feb. 22 Shadow Day

Register Online for the Feb. 23 Shadow Day

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About Our Programs

Please click on the tabs below to learn about our programs. When viewing this page your mobile device, please click on the arrow to the top right of the title to access the dropdown menu and select another program.

Music Business

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Bachelor of Music

An entrance audition is required for admittance to ALL degree programs in the Department of Music. Please see the Entrance Audition Process for further details.

About the Music Business Program

The Bachelor of Music Business degree program combines extensive training in various aspects of the exciting and ever-changing music industry, with our innovative music performance curriculum. In courses taught by experienced industry professionals, students will focus on a variety of industry sectors such as management, marketing, entrepreneurship, publishing and licensing, record and concert promotion, new media, music products, and arts administration. Our program is designed to prepare students for successful professional careers, whether in long-established pathways, or by developing bold, new ideas and approaches to connecting music to audiences.



The internship experience is an important bridge between academic preparation and career development. Students must have completed all required courses and are expected to have acquired the necessary knowledge to be successful in the music business industry. Students undertake an internship at a professional firm involved in some facet of the music industry.

Please refer to the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog for information about general requirements for retention and graduation, as well as for courses of study and curricula.

Music Studies (education)


Bachelor of Music: Music Studies

An entrance audition is required for admittance to ALL degree programs in the Department of Music. Please see the Entrance Audition Process for details.

Become a Music Teacher!

The Music Studies and Education programs at UMass Lowell are exciting, highly creative learning environments designed to help our students realize their full potential as teachers and leaders in their communities.

One of our primary objectives is to provide our music education students with the musical and pedagogical foundation and tools to create rich learning opportunities for their students to develop their creative potential and experience the world from multiple perspectives. Teachers must utilize all means necessary to create the kinds of learning environments that encourage students to take risks, be adventurous in their thinking and problem-solving, and unleash the imaginations they come into the world with.


We strive to create a learning environment in our programs that encourages active learning and engagement, one that models real-world activities. Since the application of knowledge involves ‘doing,’ our courses have been designed to maximize hands-on experiences, through problem solving activities, critical, creative and reflective thinking, in order to create a classroom environment supportive of the construction of knowledge, collaboration, and risk-taking. Our students work on a variety of projects both independently and collaboratively, involving research, creating, composing, improvising, and teaching mini-lessons. Since we feel it’s important to provide as many opportunities as possible for the students to interact with each other, as well as with the teacher, many of the projects and class activities are collaborative in nature, may involve technology and will support the active construction of knowledge. In many of these activities our students are asked to put themselves in the role of student creators allowing them to understand the teaching process from the learner’s perspective.


Our graduates often find their experiences at UMass Lowell prepare them for a real world approach to school music teaching which opened their minds to a greater diversity of methods and students than they could have ever envisioned.

We maintain a close network of cooperating teachers who mentor our students at the pre-practicum and practicum levels, allowing our students invaluable feedback in real primary school classroom teaching situations. We continually dialogue with this network of teaching professionals for feedback on our students and our program. Our graduates are in demand and are getting jobs; many are now in a position to mentor the next generation of music education students and are recommending our programs to their students and their colleagues

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Dual Degree Bachelors / Masters with Initial Licensure

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Music in Music Studies program maintaining a 3.0 GPA will be prepared to enter the Master of Music Education (Teaching Certification) program leading towards Initial Licensure. Students may apply to this program during their senior year. Acceptance is not automatic; an application for admission to the Graduate School must be filed, and all requirements for admission to the Graduate School must be met. Students enrolling directly from the Bachelor of Music in Music Studies program will have the GRE requirement waived..

Admission and Retention Requirements

Information about admission and retention requirements for this program, as well as about the application process for professional teaching certification and the curriculum options, can be found in the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog.

Music Performance


Bachelor of Music in Performance (Instrumental or Vocal)

In recent years, rapid advancement in information technology, radical shifts in global culture, and evolving contemporary popular opinion have drastically redefined the career landscape for the performing musician.

In response to these global circumstances, UMass Lowell seeks to train music performers of the modern era who have developed a sense of personal entrepreneurship that can be applied within both traditional and newly emerging performance contexts. For students who seek careers as a modern day performing musician, UMass Lowell offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance in the instrumental or vocal area of their choice.

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UMass Lowell's Performance Program has a tri-fold mission:

  1. To prepare musicians for viable careers in performance through acquisition of technical, creative, and entrepreneurial skills;
  2. To promote, preserve and advance live music and the performing arts in American society; and
  3. To produce the next generation of musical innovators, thinkers, and leaders.

Application for Performance Specialization

Information about the application process, as well as admission and retention requirements and curricula can be found in the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog.

Sound Recording Technology


Bachelor of Music with Emphasis in Sound Recording Technology

An entrance audition is required for admittance to ALL degree programs in the Department of Music. Please see the Entrance Audition Process for details.

About the Sound Recording Technology (SRT) Program

Sound recording technology is one of UMass Lowell's signature programs and is one of the few programs of its kind in the United States. It provides motivated students with the practical and theoretical background needed for success in the industry. Starting a career in audio recording has traditionally involved training through an informal apprenticeship system. With the rush of new technologies that have revolutionized the recording industry in recent years, and the opportunities that new media are opening up for recording professionals, a higher level of training and education in music, media and technology is now required for any meaningful employment, even at the entry level.

The program's goal is to produce musically sophisticated and sensitive professionals who have sufficient technical knowledge to excel in today's rapidly changing, technology-based production industry. Successful students' understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline, coupled with comprehensive music training, prepares them for a wide variety of professions. The program combines courses in physics, electrical engineering, computer science and advanced mathematics, with traditional studies in music and at least nine courses in the art and technology of recording.


The faculty of the SRT program are well-trained educators and active industry professionals, drawn from the wealth of high-technology, broadcasting, recording, and production talent in the greater Boston area, as well as the region's cultural and artistic communities.

The program is supported by eight (8) studio laboratory spaces. Its exceptional recording, editing, critical listening, video, testing, synthesis, and multimedia facilities allow students to become proficient at operating and creatively using a wide variety of equipment and technologies.

Our many diverse performance spaces provide real-world opportunities for problem-solving.

Information about general requirements for admission, retention and graduation can be found in the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog.

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Sound Recording Technology Internship Program

Internships can be valuable opportunities for students to test the breadth of their educational knowledge in the workplace. This is especially relevant for sound recording technology students who can parlay their internships into relevant work experience.

Internships in sound recording technology are governed by UMass Lowell and department policies that are listed in the UMass Lowell online Undergraduate Catalog.

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The Schedule (Tentative)

Stay for the entire day or stay for a few hours. If you are auditioning on Friday, we hope you will consider coming for the concert on Thursday evening.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

  • 7:30 a.m.: Check in
  • 8 a.m. - Noon: Classes in your major interest OR Auditions
  • Noon - 1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1-2 p.m.: Recital Hour of student performances
  • 2-5 p.m.: Classes or ensembles OR Auditions
  • 6-7 p.m.: Dinner
  • 7 p.m.: Jam session in Durgin Lobby (all invited to join)
  • 8-9:30 p.m.: Faculty / Student Concert

Register Online for the Feb. 22 Shadow Day

Friday, February 23, 2018

  • 7:30a.m.: Check in
  • 8 a.m. - Noon: Classes in your major interest OR Auditions
  • Noon - 1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1 p.m.: Jam session in the Durgin Lobby (all invited to join)
  • 2-5 p.m.: Classes or ensembles

Register Online for the Feb. 23 Shadow Day

What To Bring

  1. Money for Lunch and Dinner
  2. Your instrument to join in Concert Band or the Jam Sessions.

How To Register

To register please email the Music Department at:


Are you looking for more information or do you still have questions? Please contact us via email at: or by phone: 978-934-3850.

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

How To Get Here

Our Shadow Days will be held at Durgin Hall on UMass Lowell's South Campus, 35 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854. Lowell is just 25 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible from both Logan and Manchester Airports.

Hotel Accommodations

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren Court
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone number: 978-934-6920

The UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center offers a discount for guests visiting UMass Lowell. Ask us for more information.

Area Transportation

Transportation to/from major airports

Durgin Hall is home to the UML Music Department and its concentrations, Music Business, Music Studies, Performance and Sound Recording Technology. The building also holds the Office of the Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Dugan includes a 1,000 seat concert hall, recital halls, rehearsal rooms, classrooms and specialized laboratories.    The building has undergone multiple upgrades to keep equipment current. A recent renovation included the construction of an acoustically perfect listening room.    Durgin Hall was built in 1976 and named for Cyrus A. Durgin, principal of the Lowell Normal School from 1909 to 1915.

Durgin Hall

Limousine and Taxi Services

Public Transportation

Directions to the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center

Directions to Durgin Hall

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