Department of Music & Dance

quick facts:

•  Provides over 200 performance and concert opportunities, 17 instrumental ensembles, 6 vocal ensembles, and student solo and studio recital series. 

•  Is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. UMass Amherst is accredited by the New England Association of Universities and Colleges. 

•  Includes: 275 undergraduate and 71 graduate students. 

•  Offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in MusicBachelor of Music in Jazz, Music Education, History, Performance, or Theory/Composition; Master of Music in Jazz, Music Education, Musicology, Performance, or Accompanying; and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory or Music Education. 

•  Is housed in the Fine Arts Center. Separate wings of the Center incorporate exhibition and performing areas, academic space for the Departments of Art, Theater and Music, including Music Department classrooms, practice rooms, studios, offices and a music library reserve center. 

•  Presents performances in the 2,000-seat Concert Hall, the 200-seat Bezanson Recital Hall (both in the Fine Arts Center complex), and Bowker Auditorium, a 700-seat facility located in Stockbridge Hall. 

•  Utilizes UMass Amherst's library system which includes music and dance-related books (20,000), scores (18,000), periodical subscriptions (100), recordings (21,000), and a variety of electronic resources, located in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and a smaller Music Reserve Lab in the Music wing of the Fine Arts Center. 

•  Participates in the Five College system; courses can be taken, at no extra cost, at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, which are linked by a free bus system. Music students may participate in special performances such as the Five College Choral and Jazz Festivals. 



The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is a coeducational, nationally ranked research institution located in a beautiful, culturally rich New England town surrounded by hills, forests, lakes, and meadows, just a few hours from Boston and New York City. A public university, assisted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, UMass offers an excellent education at an affordable price. Its size, diversity, and the richness of its academic and extracurricular offerings, provide almost unlimited possibilities for personal growth and professional development. Each year about 18,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduate students attend UMass from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries. Students can earn bachelor's degrees in over 90 areas, master's degrees in 68, and doctorates in 50. In recent years, UMass faculty members have won an impressive array of the world's most prestigious awards, including: the Nobel Prize; the Pulitzer Prize; the National Book Award for Poetry; the Tanner Prize for Poetry; the American Book Award for Fiction; the Draper Award in Engineering; and numerous MacArthur, Guggenheim, Sloan, Woodrow Wilson, and Fulbright Fellowships.