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Music Education


Instrumental: Please click here to see a curricular outline for this major (this link will take you to the main university site.)

Vocal: Please click here to see a curricular outline for this major (this link will take you to the main university site.)


Hartt's Division of Music Education offers one of the nation's most comprehensive courses of study. Combining the rigors of conservatory training with a solid foundation in music education, the program prepares students for careers as vocal or instrumental music education specialists at the elementary and secondary levels. Music Education majors may, in addition to general music, choral music, wind and string instrumental pedagogy, receive training in such methodologies as Kodály, Suzuki, Gordon's Music Learning Theory, and Orff.

On the undergraduate level, students may pursue a four-year instrumental or vocal emphasis. Please note that music education is not open to jazz students. The lessons (and therefore the audition) and ensembles have to be classical due to most public school jobs being traditionally classical.  There are very few full time jazz positions currently available in public schools.  When there are jazz programs in schools, they are almost always in addition to traditional teaching requirements.

The Hartt Music Education program is taught by faculty members who, in addition to their expertise in music education, are respected performers and researchers. They have extensive public school teaching experience and are leaders in early childhood, choral and instrumental music education. The faculty are also nationally recognized for their research, teaching, and publications. Instructional materials written by Hartt Music Education faculty are published by Boosey and Hawkes; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; and GIA; and they are utilized nationally as teacher-training models.


The Hartt School's Music Education Division enjoys a vibrant collaboration with the University of Hartford Magnet School, and the Simsbury Public Schools. At the U of H Magnet School, Hartt Music Education students have the opportunity to teach lower elementary aged children in classroom settings and work with elementary students learning band and orchestral instruments in the "Hartt Band Project" and the "Hartt String Project."  Through Hartt's partnership with the Simsbury Public Schools, Hartt Music Education students teach upper elementary general music classes as well as high school band and choir.  These unique collaborations provide exciting "real world"  learning opportunities for Hartt students prior to their student teaching. Graduates of Hartt's Music Education programs are widely sought after for teaching positions in public schools throughout New England and across the United States.

Upon successful completion of any of the undergraduate music education degree programs at Hartt, students are eligible for certification from the Connecticut State Board of Education to teach Music in grades PK-12 (a 3-year Initial Educator Certificate is the first conferred by the state).  Students wishing to teach in states other than Connecticut can take advantage of reciprocity agreements between the Connecticut State Board of Education and states throughout the country.


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