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John Shirley

John Shirley is a Professor in the Music Dept. at UMass Lowell.
John F. Shirley, Ph.D.Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    Music Department
  • Office
    Durgin Hall - 314
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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)