- Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Eastman School of Music, 1958
- B.M., Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, 1955
Lewis Rowell received research fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is the author of books and articles on time and rhythm, the music of India, and the philosophy of music. Professor Rowell is the former editor of Music Theory Spectrum.
Professor Rowell was the distinguished faculty research lecturer at Indiana University in 1993. He is the author of Music and Musical Thought in Early India (University of Chicago Press, 1992), for which he received the Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society in 1993.
Professor Rowell is a recipient of the Rochester Distinguished Scholar Medal from the University of Rochester in 1999. He is a member of the Ethnomusicology and India Studies faculties at Indiana University.