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John Shirley

John Shirley is a Professor in the Music Dept. at UMass Lowell.
John F. Shirley, Ph.D. Professor


Sound recording technology, composition, electroacoustic music, harmonica

Research Interests

Music and audio technology, DSP, music theory, electronic music and harmonica.


  • Other: Music Composition, Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University
    Supporting Area: Classical Guitar, Music Technology
  • Ph D: Music Composition, (1998), University of Chicago
    Supporting Area: Computer Music


John is a composer, technologist, software designer, audio engineer, record producer, author and multi-instrumentalist specializing in harmonica with 74 published articles, a book and two CDs of original multi-genre music.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Computational Thinking Through Computing and Music (2011), Grant -
    Shirley, J.F. (Co-Principal)