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Dee Hansen

Professor of Music Education

Director of Graduate Studies


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Professor Dee Hansen (DMA Music Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, BMEd and MM Music History, Southern Methodist University), is the Director of Graduate Studies for The Hartt School. She served as Chair of Graduate Studies in Music Education, Coordinator of Doctoral Programs, and Director of The Hartt Summerterm for the from 2006 to 2014. She served on the Executive Board of The Connecticut Music Educators Association from 2006-2010. From 1994 to 2006, Dee was an active board member of the Kansas Music Educators Association and served as President from 2005-2006. She was an associate professor at Baker University in Kansas 2002-2006 and was the Fine Arts Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education from 1994-2002. She served as a music consultant for The Wolf Trap Foundation’s stART smART program in Washington, D.C. and a trainer for the U.S. Department of Education. She co-founded the Kansas Citizens for the Arts, a state-wide grass-roots arts advocacy organization. Dee has extensive service on national advisory boards and is a national and international guest scholar. She was an invited speaker for the 2011 The 3rd International Symposium for Assessment in Music Education (ISAME) in Bremen, Germany and an invited guest speaker for the 2014 Yale Symposium on Music. Dee regularly provides professional development training nationwide in curriculum development, assessment, and literacy.

She is widely published in the areas of curriculum and assessment, literacy and music connections, and applications of learning theory.  Her articles and book chapters can be found in The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education (early 2017), International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, Music Educators Journal,Journal of Research in Music Education, North Central Association Journal of School Improvement and othersDee is the primary author of The Music and Literacy Connection (Rowan and Littlefield, 2014). This recognized book brings clarity to the links between text reading skills and music learning. She also authored The Handbook for Music Supervisors (MENC 2002). In 2010, she was awarded University Professor of the Year by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. In 2009, Dee received the Innovations in Teaching Award from the University of Hartford. As a result of her advocacy and leadership in instituting a fine arts graduation requirement in Kansas, Dee received the 2006 of the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts Advocacy in Kansas, and the 2007 Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumnus of the Year. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.