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Shadow Day 2020: February 20

Interested in majoring in Music?
Spend the day with us and find out what makes Music at UMass Lowell unique.

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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!

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About Our Programs

Please click on the tabs below to learn about our programs.

Three musicians at the University Orchestra's "All You Need is Love!” Valentine's Day concert. Photo by Tory Germann

The 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.

Learn More about our Music Business program.

A music teacher in the classroom teaching young students with instruments.

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. 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.

Learn more about our Music Studies (Education) program.

Music students performing on stage. Male with instrument and bow, female singing.

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.

Learn more about our Music Performance program.

A side view of a soundboard in a studio of the Sound Recording Technology program.

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.

Learn more about our Sound Recording Technology program.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, February 20, 2020

9 a.m. - Arrival and Check in, General Greeting
9:30-10 a.m. - Attend a theory class 
10:15-11 a.m. - Information Session  
11:10 a.m.-Noon - Attend a class in your major of choice 
Noon-12:50 p.m. - Lunch at Dining Commons 
1-2 p.m. - Recital Hour Concert  
2:10-3 p.m. - Careers in Music presentation and workshop 
3:10-4 p.m. - Attend a rehearsal or class 
4-5 p.m. - Join in a Drum Circle or attend another rehearsal 
5-6 p.m. - Jam session with Q&A and Pizza

Stay for the entire day or stay for a few hours.

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

  1. Money for Lunch.
  2. Your instrument to join an ensemble and/or the Jam Session.
UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

The UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

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

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

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

Our Shadow Days will be held at Durgin Hall on UMass Lowell's South Campus, 35 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854.

Parking will be available in the Riverview Lot on Broadway Street.

More information will follow with your registration confirmation.