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Gregory Babal

Assistant Professor, Applied Music Piano

Email: babal@hartford.edu

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Gregory Babal is a member of the piano faculty at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he is the coordinator of the Piano-Keyboard area. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in both piano and violin.   He later received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His piano studies were with James Staples and Raymond Hansen. He is also a composer and arranger.

Mr. Babal has performed and given clinics in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, as well as in Poland and the Slovak Republic.   He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Central Connecticut State University and St. Joseph College, and worked with the Creative Communities program of the Artist Collective of Hartford and the ARC and Project LEARN programs for the state of Connecticut.

Mr. Babal also teaches piano at the Hartt School Community Division where he works with creatively talented students developing classical piano, improvisation, jazz and composition skills.

His vision at The Hartt School has been to excite students to a passion for music and to inspire a practical application of the piano in their individual disciplines, whether in classical performance, music education, jazz or Music Theater. This has been accomplished through the development of a major-specific curriculum, as well as the organization of yearly piano monster concert performances.   He is also active in organizing collaborative choral performances with university music theater students and community seniors’ choral groups.

Teaching Artist Statement

I believe that the most effective manner of teaching involves exciting the individual student with music that they are drawn to. If they are excited by what they hear, they will have a strong desire to learn and will progress faster.  Although music is a discipline, it should be enjoyable one! I believe in mentoring each individual so that they reach the high standards of their potential in their unique gifting. This is done in my studio through teaching a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz,, & improvisation/pop. Studio recitals are held twice a year and the students have opportunities to perform in jazz ensembles and piano duos as well as solo performances.