The Hartt School’s Bachelor of Music in Performance has a distinct profile that sets it apart from other conservatories and music schools in the United States. In addition to the required course work, the major consists of three significant elements: performance, pedagogy, and career development. Performance majors are involved with solo, chamber, and large ensemble performances. Pedagogy ensures that all performance students leave Hartt prepared as private teachers. The program includes a special class in the techniques of teaching and an observation program in Hartt’s Community Division. Career development for instrumentalists consists of two classes: Communicating with an Audience and Building a Music Career. These courses prepare students for artist residencies, community performances, and arts in education programs. Students are provided with the information and skills to present themselves effectively in these activities through preparation in content and repertoire selection, stage presentation and speaking techniques, and building a relationship with the audience. Students also are provided with information on résumé preparation, negotiating a contract, making a recording, and other career-related concerns. Vocal performance majors address career-related issues in the vocal performance seminar, which meets weekly for all eight semesters of the program.
At the undergraduate level, the nondegree option is the Undergraduate Diploma in Music with is a three-year program open to all instrumental and vocal performance majors, composers, and jazz studies students. Students completing this program may continue formal training at The Hartt School in an undergraduate degree program or in the graduate professional degree program, if desired.