Andrew Mcwain

Full Time Lecturer


pianoBebop/Post-Bop Ensembles



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204C


1996New England Conservatory of MusicMM
1993University of Massachusetts DartmouthBM


  • Jazz Theory and Improvisation
  • Applied Jazz Piano
  • Jazz History
  • Senior Music Capstone
  • Intro to the Music Business


Research Interests

  • Music Composition
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz harmony
  • Creative entrepreneurship


Andy McWain, a composer and improvising pianist, was born in Boston. His music performances and compositions have been presented in China, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and throughout the United States. He has received honors and awards from the American Composers Forum, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the American Music Center, and Meet the Composer/New England. He was the winner of the Sotireos Vlahopoulos Composition Award given by the Washington Conservatory (DC), and has been awarded a Yaddo Fellowship, a Wellesley Composers Conference Fellowship, and Residency Fellowships to the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Akiyoshidai International Art Village. As an active jazz pianist and improviser, he has played and recorded with a wide array of musicians across various musical styles and has released a number of jazz and improvised music sessions on his indie co-op recording label Fuller Street Music. Mr. McWain is currently a Full-time Lecturer in Music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he teaches jazz theory, improvisation, applied jazz piano, and senior music capstone.

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