Juliana Cantarelli Vita

Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Music Education

Music Education

The Hartt School
400 Juliana Cantarelli Vita, Ph.D. Website

Ph.D., Music Education, University of Washington

M.M., Music Education, West Virginia University

B.M., Music Education, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Dr. Cantarelli Vita is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School. Blending her interests in music education and ethnomusicology, she has published on children’s musical cultures, community music, world music pedagogy, and feminist spaces for music-making in the Journal of Folklore Education, Malaysian Journal of Music, The Orff Echo, the International Journal of Community Music, with upcoming publications in the Journal of Popular Music Education, the Oxford Handbook of Early Childhood Music Learning and Development, and the Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Music Education.

She has given keynote addresses and has been a guest speaker at a number of selected universities and conferences around the world. Recipient of the Elizabeth May (Slater) Award from the Society for Ethnomusicology, she has received research grants from the AOSA (collective song-writing at the Yakama Nation Tribal School) and the Canadian SSHRC. As a clinician, she has given workshops in the United States, Abya Yala/Latin America, and Europe. As an active musician, she established Baque Maré Seattle, has been involved with rock camp for girls and gender-nonconforming youth, and is part of Cria.

Dr. Cantarelli Vita earned her Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, has training in the Schulwerk and Kodály Pedagogies, while also giving attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Within that work, she has been part of the Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy at West Virginia University, University of Washington, and directs the recently-launched course at The Hartt School.

  • children's musical cultures
  • ethnomusicology
  • music of the world's cultures
  • social justice