Lowell Mason, an American composer, born in Medfield, Mass., Jan. 8,1792, died in Orange, N. J., Aug. 11, 1872. From childhood he manifested great fondness for music, and at a very early age he began teaching it. In 1812 he removed to Savannah, Ga., where he gave instruction and led choirs and musical associations. In 1821 his "Boston Handel and Haydn Collection of Church Music" was published; and its success led him to remove to Boston, where in 1827 he commenced the instruction of classes in vocal music. About 1828 he became a champion of the Pestalozzian method of teaching music. Juvenile classes were now established and taught gratuitously by Mr. Mason, who was soon compelled by the extent of his labors to associate Mr. G. J. Webb with him. He published 15 or 16 juvenile collections of music, 7 or 8 glee books, mostly in connection with Mr. Webb, and more than 20 sacred and church music books. His latest work, "The Song Garden," appeared in 1866. In all these books are many pieces of his own composition, and many more adapted by him from the compositions of other authors.

In conjunction with Professors Park and Phelps, he compiled a " Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship" (New York, 1858).