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Instrumental: Please click here to see a curricular outline for this major
Vocal: Please click here to see a curricular outline for this major

Hartt's Music Education Division 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 music educators in elementary and secondary schools. Music Education majors may, in addition to general music, choral music, wind and string instrumental pedagogy, receive training in such methodologies as Kodály, Suzuki, and Orff.

As an undergraduate, students may pursue a four-year instrumental or vocal emphasis. Students interested in jazz (saxophone, trumpet, and trombone) can pursue a double major in Music Education and Jazz Studies (5-year program). Please note that students interested in this double major must perform a jazz and classical audition because they will receive private instruction in both areas.

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. Faculty are nationally recognized for their research, teaching, and publications. Instructional materials written by Hartt Music Education faculty are published by Oxford University Press, Boosey and Hawkes; Holt, Rinehart and Winston; and GIA; and they are utilized nationally as teacher-training models.

The Hartt School's Music Education Division enjoys a vibrant collaboration with several area school programs. For example, at the University of Hartford 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.

Upon successful completion of any of the undergraduate music education degree programs at Hartt, students are eligible for certification from the Connecticut State Board of Education to teach Music in grades PK-12 (a 3-year Initial Educator Certificate is the first conferred by the state). Students wishing to teach in states other than Connecticut can take advantage of reciprocity agreements between the Connecticut State Board of Education and states throughout the country.

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