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Music Education

Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Music education applicants are accepted in a vocal, orchestral instrument, or double emphasis major; or as a double major combining in stru mental music education with the instrumental performance major; or as a double major combining vocal music education with the vocal performance major. During the audition process, all students interested in music education will have an interview with a music education faculty member, which includes singing a patriotic song and a test of singing and aural skills. In addition, all students have an audition with the Vocal or Instrumental Division with classical repertoire.

There are a variety of music education major possibilities; each emphasis has its own curriculum requirements. Please contact the Hartt Admissions Office at 860.768.4465 or a music education faculty member at 860.768.4479 for details.

Studies for the Bachelor of Music in Music Education at The Hartt School consist of a balanced program of specialized music, professional education, and liberal arts studies designed to develop musician-teachers.

Students in music education programs are required to master the ability to observe and assess music and movement behaviors in both large- and small-group settings in preschool through grade 12.

Students in both the instrumental and vocal tracks are required to master crucial philosophies and methodologies and be able to prescribe appropriate strategies that will enhance the development of music and movement skills as described in the pedagogies of Kodály, Gordonís Music Learning Theory, Orff, Dalcroze, Laban, and the ìConversational Solfègeî and ìFirst Steps in Musicî curricula.

To be considered for certification, each candidate must complete, or be waived from, the Praxis I Computer-Based Test (CBT) exam in basic mathematics, reading, and writing skills, administered by Educational Testing Services at Sylvan Learning Center facilities nationwide. The Praxis II exam, taken in the junior year, covers music education, music history, and music theory. Students are encouraged to take the Praxis I CBT exam in their freshman or sophomore year and complete Praxis II in order to qualify for student teaching. Contact the Music Education office for test mate rials and information.

Students are required to study their principal instrument or voice each semester (except during Student Internship) and attain a minimum accomplishment level to be determined by the department. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.67 must be maintained and a sophomore evaluation successfully completed before students are allowed to register for junior-level music education classes. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from all Student Internship commitments. Public transportation is not usually available.

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"The Voice" winner Javier Colon, a music education major who graduated in 2000, talks about how The Hartt School prepared him for his career as a professional singer.
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