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Dr. Roberta M. MarvinThe Department of Music and Dance is a splendid environment in which the understanding, insight, and ideas that make artistic excellence possible can be nurtured. Scholars and concertgoers alike are consistent in their praise of the Department’s vibrancy, excitement, and academic and creative strengths with regard to curricula and community.

Arts disciplines have a fundamental importance and a unique role within the larger educational sphere. Performing artists contribute fresh ways of thinking and conceptualizing, tolerance and sensitivity to varying perspectives and approaches, valuable and practical skills and strategies for identifying and solving problems, and superior technological expertise.

At UMass Amherst, our performances and academic offerings enhance and enrich learning and research experiences through the very nature of artistic modes of learning and discovery.

As we move forward, our goal is to help students and faculty in developing and realizing shared visions, to assist them in fulfilling their professional aspirations, and to empower them in pursuing their artistic and academic goals.

Dr. Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Chair