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Dee Hansen

Professor of Music Education; Director of Graduate Studies, The Hartt School

Email: dehansen@hartford.edu



Professor Dee Hansen (D.M.A. Music Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, B.M.E. and M.M Music History, Southern Methodist University), is the Director of Graduate Studies for The Hartt School. She served as Chair of Graduate Studies in Music Education, Coordinator of Doctoral Programs, and Director of The Hartt Summerterm for the from 2006 to 2014. Hansen is the Assessment Coordinator for the university’s Davis grant which provides professional development for university faculty in hybrid and flipped classrooms. She served on the Executive Board of The Connecticut Music Educators Association from 2006-2010. From 1994 to 2006, Dee was an active board member and served as President of the Kansas Music Educators Association from 2005-2006. She was an associate professor at Baker University in Kansas 2002-2006 and was the Fine Arts Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education from 1994-2002. She served as a music consultant for The Wolf Trap Foundation’s stART smART program in Washington, D.C. and a trainer for the U.S. Department of Education. She co-founded the Kansas Citizens for the Arts, a state-wide grass-roots arts advocacy organization. Dee has extensive service on national advisory boards and is a national and international
guest scholar. She was an invited speaker for the 2011 The 3rd International Symposium for Assessment in Music Education (ISAME) in Bremen, Germany. Dee regularly provides professional development training nationwide in curriculum development, assessment, and literacy.

MENC published her book, The Handbook for Music Supervisors, in 2002 and she was the primary author of The Music and Literacy Connection in April, 2004, which will be released in a second revised edition fall, 2014 (Rowan and Littlefield). This recognized book brings clarity to the links between text reading skills and music learning. In 2010, she was awarded University Professor of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. In 2009, Dee received the Innovations in Teaching Award from the University of Hartford. As a result of her advocacy and leadership in instituting a fine arts graduation requirement in Kansas, Dee received the 2006 of the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Advocacy in Kansas, and the 2007 Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumnus of the Year. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

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