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Music Education

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 because most public school jobs are traditionally classical.  There are very few full time jazz positions in the 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 Eduction 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.



Instrumental Emphasis (140 Credits)

First Year

Subject Code  Course Title  Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
  Instrumental Study 2 2
APC 122-123 Piano-Keyboard Class 2 2
TH 111-112 Diatonic Harmony/Chromatic Harmony 2 2
TH 120-121 Elementary Ear Training I - II 2 2
MED 110 Foundations of Music Education 2 -
MEA 104 Technology for Music Educators 1 -
MEA 101 Voice Class - 1
MEA 201 Brass Class - 2
RPW 110 -  111 Rhetoric and Writing I - II 3 3
  General Academic 3 -
EDR 335 Language and Literacy Development for All Learners -
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 2 0 -
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
IPO Instrumental Performing Organization/ Choral Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 18.5 17.5

Winterterm

MED 150 Freshman Partnership 0

Second Year

  Instrumental Study 2 2
APC 222-223 Piano-Keyboard Class 2 2
CON 314 Conducting Fundamentals 2 -
CON 316 Instrumental Conducting - 2
HLM 212 Music History: Perspectives on Music History 3 -
HLM 213 Music History: Classicism to the Present - 3
MEA 102 Woodwind Class: Clarinet, Saxophone 2 -
MEA 300 Woodwind Class: Flute, Oboe, Bassoon - 2
MEA 303 - 304 String Class and Lab I - II 1 1
TH 210-211 Tonal Form — Post-Tonal Form 2 2
TH 220-221 Intermediate Ear Training III-IV 2 2
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
IPO Instrumental Performing Organization 1 1
CPO Choral Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 18 .5 18 .5

Winterterm

MED 250 Sophomore Partnership 0

Third Year

  Instrumental Study 2 2
MEA 200 Percussion Class 2 -
MED 303 Elementary Instrumental Methods 3 -
MED 304 Secondary Instrumental Methods - 3
MED 350 Jazz Ensemble for Music Educators - 1
MED 340 Elem. Vocal Methods (N - 2) 3 -
MED 413 Improvisation in Music Education 2 -
HLM 316 Music History (Medieval-Baroque) 3 -
TH 320 Ear Training V 2 -
HLM 200 Music History: World Music Survey - 3
  General Academic - 3
General Academic - 3
IPO Instrumental Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 18 16

Fourth Year

  Instrumental Study - 2
MED 410 Student Internship (Apprentice Teaching) 9 -
  General Academic 3 3
  General Academic 3 -
  General Academic - 3
  General Academic -
  General Academic - 3
  General Academic - 3
IPO Instrumental Performing Organization - 1
Total Credits 15 18

Vocal Emphasis (139 credits)

First Year

Subject Code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
APC 122-123 Piano Keyboard Class 2 2
AVO 488 Vocal Study 2 2
TH 111-112 Diatonic Harmony/Chromatic Harmony 2 2
TH 120-121 Elementary Ear Training I-II 2 2
MED 110 Foundations of Music Education 2 -
  General Academic 3 3
EDR 335 
Language and Literacy Development for All Learners - 2
MEA 104 Technology for Music Educators 1 -
RPW 110 - 111 Rhetoric and Writing I - II 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 2 0 -
DIC 110 IPA/English Diction - .5
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
CPO Choral Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 18 .5 18

Winterterm

MED 150 Freshman Partnership 0 -

Second Year

AVO 488 Vocal Study 2 2
APC 222 - 223 Piano Keyboard Class 2 2
TH 210-211 Tonal Form — Post-Tonal Form 2 2
TH 220-221 Intermediate Ear Training III-IV 2 2
HLM 212 Music History: Perspectives on Music History 3 -
HLM 213 Music History: Classicism to the Present - 3
CON 314 Conducting Fundamentals 2 -
CON 315 Choral Conducting - 2
MEA 100 Classroom Instruments 1 -
MEA 204 Percussion Class - 1
  General Academic 3 3
MUS 110, 111 Paranov Performance Hour .5 .5
CPO Choral Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 18.5 18.5

Winterterm

MED 250 Sophomore Partnership 0 -

Third Year

AVO 488 Vocal Study 2 2
APC 322 - 323 Piano Keyboard Class 2 2
TH 320-321  Intermediate Ear Training V-VI 2 2
MEA 307 Vocal Development K-12 2 -
MEA 103 Wind Instrument Class - 1
MEA 308 String Class/Vocal - 1
MED 310 School Choral Program and Lab - 3
MED 340-341 Elementary Vocal Methods 3 3
MED 413 Improvisation in Music Education 2 -
HLM 316 Music History: Medieval-Baroque 3 -
HLM 200 Music History: World Music Survey - 3
DIC 111/210/310 Italian, German, or French Diction .5 -
CPO Choral Performing Organization 1 1
Total Credits 17.5 18

Fourth Year

AVO 488 Vocal Study - 2
MED 410 Student Internship (Practice Teaching)3 9 -
General Academic * - 3
  General Academic * 3 3
  General Academic * - 3
  General Academic * - 3
  General Academic * - 4
CPO Choral Performing Organization 4 - 1
Total Credits 12 18
  • * General Academics
  • AUCC- All-University Curriculum (3 credits)
  • AUCS- All-University Curriculum (3 credits)
  • AUCW- All-University Curriculum (3 credits)
  • AUCT- All-University Curriculum (3 credits)
  • EDR 335- Language and Literacy Development for All Learners (2 credits)
  • EDH 120- Psychology of Exceptionalities (3 credits)
  • EDP 230- Educational Psychologyy (3 credits)
  • Mathematics elective (M 116 recommended) (3 credits)
  • Science elective (CH 116 recommended) (4 credits)
  • Academic elective (3 credits)
  • HE 112- Modern Health Concepts (3 credits)


1Enrollment dependent on passing score on placement exam.

2Must be successfully completed before sophomore year.

3Prerequisite: Cumulative grade point average of 2.67 required; no more than one C in a music education or education course.

4Enrollment permitted during student-teaching semester only with the permission of Music Education Division director.

5AUCW 210 or AUCW 211 must be taken to satisfy the Connecticut State American History requirement.

Note: Students must successfully complete the PRAXIS 1 Academic Skills Assessment prior to the end of fall semester of the sophomore year. The PRAXIS II test must be successfully completed prior to the student-teaching semester.

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