Music Education

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Music

Master of Music Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Hartt's Music Education Division offers you 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 you for a career as an elementary and secondary school music educator. In addition to general music, choral music, wind and string instrumental pedagogy, music education majors receive training in such methodologies as Kodály, Suzuki, and Orff.

As an undergraduate, you will 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.

Learn More about the undergraduate instrumental or vocal curriculum.

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.


Hartt Music Education faculty members are experts in the field of music education, but are also 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.

Music Education Faculty & Staff

Joshua A. Russell
Professor of Music Education; Division Director, Music Education
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Vanessa Bond
Associate Professor of Music Education; Education Director and Prelude Choir Conductor: Connecticut Children's Chorus
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Julie Hagen
Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
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Dee Hansen
Professor of Music Education
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Warren Haston
Associate Professor of Music Education; Vice Chair, Faculty Senate
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Ann P. Brown
Coordinator, Music Education
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Admission and Audition Requirements

An audition and interview  is required for admission to the music education program. All music education applicants must complete a classical instrumental or vocal audition. In addition, applicants will have an interview with a music education faculty member that includes singing the patriotic song "America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)" and a test, where applicants echo-sing (a capella) 24 tonal patterns and 8 rhythmic patterns of varying difficulty.

In order to schedule an audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt supplemental application must be completed.  Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

The Hartt School conducts live auditions and interviews for dance applicants on campus as well as in select cities around the United States. Applicants who reside more than 300 miles away from campus are eligible to submit a recorded audition.

Katherine Trainer

BMus, Music Education, 2012

MMus, Music Education (Pedagogy), 2016

Band Director, North Brandford High School (CT)

The music education classes at Hartt provided me with countless invaluable hours of elementary, middle, and high school classroom experience in various public school programs. The professors at The Hartt School quickly became my close mentors throughout my education, my professional advisors throughout my job search, and now, my trusted colleagues in the world of music education.

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