The Lowell Mason House was founded in October of 2010 when a group of concerned Medfield citizens and music educators from around the country came together with the desire to preserve the house and legacy of Lowell Mason the Father of Music Education in America. Within months we generated enough support and organized to secure a new location for the house and move it before demolition by a local developer to town owned land next to Hinckley Pond.
The Mission of the Lowell Mason House is to create and program an active space for music making, music and arts education advocacy and historical preservation within the original structure of the Lowell Mason birthplace.
The Lowell Mason House will be a major cultural hub. It will serve as a museum honoring Lowell Mason, while advocating for the importance of music education, and offer a diverse selection of music instruction and performance in facilities that encourage artistic expression and strengthen the value of the arts in the community.
The ground floor will house music practice space and office space for arts advocacy organizations.
Building an up-to-date rehearsal and performance space which will include music technology and recording facilities.
Restoring and preserving the house to include a Lowell Mason museum, showing our growing collection of over 40 papers, images and Lowell Mason possessions, many of which have been digitized for the public good by Digital Commonwealth click here and click here.
All cultivated within the home of the Father of Music Education, and fueled by a living endowment, fulfilling Lowell Mason’s dream that: “Children must be taught music as they are taught to read.”
Even before the house is usable, we have been working on developing innovative programming to benefit the community. Working with local music educator, Keith Curbow, the Lowell Mason House has developed “Music for Life; A life of Music”: a program designed to give students with disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds some skills and tools necessary to modulate the effects of stressful life circumstances through yoga and through music making. The workshops teach the kids how to use yoga breathing techniques to both improve their musical performance and also to deal with the stresses they encounter every day in their school, neighborhoods and with their peers. To learn more about this program click here. To date, some 8 sessions serving 350 students have been completed.
Board of Directors
- , President
- , Treasurer
- Timothy McGee, Secretary
- Frank L. Battisti – Conductor Emeritus, New England Conservatory of Music
- Col. Michael J. Colburn – Conductor, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Washington, D.C.
- Dr. Richard Colwell – Professor Emeritus of Music Education, University of Illinois – New England Conservatory of Music
- Dr. Benny Ferguson – President, Southern Division NAfME
- Dr. Willie Hill – Director, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts–Amherst – Past President, MENC.
- John L. Kuhner – President, Eastern Division NAfME – Past President, New England Music Festival Association, Inc.
- Edward S. Lisk – Past President, American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association – Executive Director, The Midwest Clinic – John Philip Sousa Foundation
- Faith Lueth – Professor, Berklee College of Music – Massachusetts Music Educators Association Executive Board
- Caleb Mason – Lowell Mason Family
- Dr. William J. McManus – ret., Boston University School of Music – Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association – Eastern Division MENC
- Dr. Kenneth Phillips – Professor Emeritus, The University of Iowa – Professor of Music Education, Gordon College, Wenham, MA
- Frank Whitcomb – President, New England Music Festival Association – American Choral Directors’ Association