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Academic and Contemporary Studies Division


The diverse musical backgrounds, interests, and styles of Hartt’s composition faculty give our students a chance to explore the many different possibilities of contemporary music. Through the study of traditional concert works, film music, music theatre, improvisation, and advanced modern techniques, you gain the tools needed to present your musical ideas clearly and imaginatively. Hartt’s balanced curriculum emphasizes traditional skills, classical practice, and contemporary techniques. In addition to study in our challenging and stimulating core music program, you receive hands-on experience with new and emerging musical technologies and take part in classes that include orchestration, analysis, and conducting.


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a music major is a rigorous academic program that prepares you for graduate study in music or other disciplines. Students in the program receive a broad overview of musical study with a heavy concentration in music history and music theory.

In addition, our music majors in the BA program take courses from a variety of disciplines that introduce you to other fields and ways of thinking. As a final project, you have the choice of completing a senior project or giving a senior recital.


Here at Hartt, we believe that a thorough grounding in music history is not only a valuable educational pursuit in and of itself, but it also provides much-needed context for, and enhances the study of, theory, performance, and other musical endeavors.  Our history faculty specializes in everything from medieval music theory to opera and film music, Handel, CPE Bach, and Max Reger, video game music, critical editing, and cognitive musicology. We are all also performers, blending our own expertise in early music, keyboard and strings literature, and vocal music with our historical studies. Students are also able to take advantage of courses offered in the Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division on the histories of jazz, African musics, and particular genres or people of importance within those traditions. Our coursework is rigorous, and students will be continuously exposed to numerous current methods and approaches to the study of music, both by our own faculty and by the guests we bring in as part of our Hartt Music History Forum.

Within the music history major, you may choose between an emphasis in either scholarship and research or performance practice. Our scholarship and research emphasis systematically investigates various elements of music in written papers, employing a rigorous scholarly approach. Our performance practice emphasis combines your interest in performing with the study of treatises, earlier performance techniques, ornamentation, and related issues. Furthermore, Hartt’s collection of early instruments, including recorders, shawms, sackbuts, cornettos, and Renaissance lutes and flutes, as well as three harpsichords, a clavichord, a positive organ, and several Baroque bows, is available to be used by interested students.

Music Industry


The music management program at The Hartt School is more than a simple combination of music and business courses. Instead, it reflects a carefully thought-out relationship between art and business that prepares you to enter a wide variety of fields in both the commercial and not-for-profit avenues of the entertainment industry. A skills-based curriculum with project-based courses provides hands-on experience inside the classroom, while a required internship provides experience within an organization.

Management students are required to complete one internship while in the program, but most complete two or three internships.

Our music management (MUM) curriculum includes training in a classical or jazz instrument or voice and is combined with the 12 core arts management courses, augmented by traditional business courses. The MUM major takes a very close look at the interesting intersection where art and business cross, creating an industry that is highly globalized and constantly in flux.


Our performance arts management (PAM) curriculum gives you a strong focus on management skills in the music and entertainment industries. Along with the same 12 core courses as music management, PAM majors have a minor in business administration built into the curriculum, as well as a four-course concentration that you design in consultation with the department chair. The result is a particularly rich combination of skills and knowledge that gives Hartt students a solid, competitive edge entering this exciting field.

MUSIC Production and Technology

Music production and technology (MPT) at Hartt is a four-year program designed to train musicians in a traditional conservatory setting in all aspects of musicianship, from theory to performance, along with technical training in the recording studio, electronics, acoustics, arts management, and liberal arts courses. Our MPT majors also explore a variety of classical and contemporary styles of music to prepare them for a broad array of careers in music production. The program prepares you for careers as music producers, recording and mixing engineers, mastering engineers, and sound designers for various media. Hartt’s MPT faculty members are active in many different areas of the audio industry, linking our students to a network of professionals.


The Hartt School’s two studios are equipped with high-end audio equipment that is updated regularly to reflect what is current in the music production industry. You gain working knowledge of all of the equipment to prepare you for real-world job opportunities.


The Bachelor of Music with a music theory major is designed to prepare you for graduate studies in music theory. Our students study tonal harmony, tonal analysis, modern techniques, tonal counterpoint, modal counterpoint, keyboard harmony, score reading, orchestration, and music theory pedagogy.


The Music Theory Colloquium provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate music theory majors to present their analytical projects and to discuss music theory topics with their peers and the music theory faculty. Full-time undergraduate and graduate music theory majors are required to enroll every semester in the Music Theory Colloquium.


The Hartt Music Theory Forum was established in 1988 to provide an opportunity for accomplished music theorists to visit The Hartt School to present their research to students, faculty, and the public.