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Graduate Music Concentrations

DEGREE SUBPLANS (required & optional courses) for all graduate music programs are also available on the Masters Programs and PhD Programs webpages, and the Graduate Handbook (pdf file).  See the page for Graduate Admissions Info/Requirements to learn more and to find out whether your Concentration requires an Audition.

Coordinators and their contact info are listed for each graduate concentration:

Collaborative Piano: Prof. Gilles Vonsattel,

Composition: Prof. Salvatore Macchia,

Conducting: For both MM in Conducting & MM in Music Education with Conducting Emphasis

Music Education: Prof. Lisa Lehmberg,

Music Theory: Prof. Brent Auerbach,

Music History: Prof. Erinn Knyt,, 413-545-1247

Jazz Composition & Arranging: Prof. Jeffrey Holmes,, 413-545-6046

Performance: Contact the Professor who teaches your instrument/voice. Now offering an additional Jazz option. Strings: see info for the Graduate String Quartet Program.

Graduate Program Director
Professor Erinn Knyt
Department of Music and Dance, Fine Arts Center Room 366
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9330
Phone: 413-545-1247, e-mail:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Nicole Avakian, Bromery Center, Rm. 273, 413-545-0311,

Additional information or mailed forms may be obtained from the:

Music Admissions Director, Nathaniel Gowen
Fine Arts Center Room 263A
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9300, (413) 545-6048