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Hartt Preparatory Academy

The gateway to an accelerated Bachelor of Music program

Core classes: Mondays and Thursdays, 6–8:40 p.m., September–May
Merit-based scholarships are available.

The Hartt Preparatory Academy (HPA) is a two-year, comprehensive precollege music training program for high school juniors and seniors. The program includes music theory, ear training, keyboard studies, performances, advanced ensemble, private instruction, and other classes. Students fulfill academic and musical requirements that prepare them for an accelerated college music experience.

If you would like us to contact you with more information, fill out our inquiry form. Applications for 2019-20 will be available by early 2019.

Download the 2018-19 handbook and calendar. (PDF)

Hartt Preparatory Academy


  • should plan to major/minor in music after high school

  • demonstrate exemplary skill with their primary instrument or craft

  • should have previous private music instruction experience

  • should understand basic musicianship and music theory principles

  • must have a track record of commitment, academic excellence, and a passion for the performing arts


The HPA curriculum is based on first-year courses at the University of Hartford's Hartt School, including

  • Music Theory Fundamentals
  • Diatonic and Chromatic Harmony
  • Elementary Ear-training 1 and 2
  • Piano Keyboard Class 1 and 2

Additional HPA coursework addresses Informational Literacy in the Performing Arts and selected University requirements.

Accelerated college Opportunity

At the completion of the program, HPA students may audition and apply for entrance to University of Hartford and The Hartt School. Pending acceptance, students may complete select undergraduate music degrees in three years or a significantly reduced period of study. These degree programs include:

  • BM Performance - Orchestral Instruments
    BM Performance - Voice
    BM Performance - Piano
    BM Performance - Guitar

  • BM - Composition
    BM - Theory

  • BM Music Education - Instrumental
    BM Music Education - Vocal

  • BM History - Performance Practice Emphasis
    BM History - Scholarship and Research Emphasis

  • BA in Music


Hartt Preparatory AcademyClasses run from September through May.

HPA students are assigned to one of two learning cohorts. Cohorts include up to eight students each, for a total of 16 students per class year. Core classes meet Monday and Thursday evenings from 6–8:40 p.m., in addition to private lessons and ensemble work.


The program is modeled on the first-year curriculum at the University of Hartford's The Hartt School.


First-year students attend the following classes:

  • Music Theory Fundamentals and Diatonic Harmony

  • Elementary Ear-training 1

  • Piano Keyboard Class 1
    An alternative is provided for piano students.

  • All University Curriculum Class

First-year students also participate in library skills workshops.


Students complete an online All University Curriculum (AUC) class through HPA.


Second-year students attend the following classes twice weekly:

  • Chromatic Harmony

  • Elementary Ear-training 2

  • Piano Keyboard Class 2
    An alternative is provided for piano students.

  • Academic Writing 110

Second-year students also participate in library skills workshops.

Year I and II Requirements

Students are required to attend performances each semester.

Students must complete the following performance requirements:

Students interested in participating in only the core curriculum classes may do so if space allows.  Please contact Dr. Rudman at harttprep@hartford.edu to inquire about this possibility.


Jessica Rudman, Ph.D., Program Director
Music Theory

Kathryn Swanson-Ellis, DMA
Ear Training

Greg Babal
Piano Keyboard Classes


Tuition is $5,000 per year ($10,000 in total) and includes HPA coursework, a one-hour weekly private lesson, advanced ensemble enrollment, and texts for core classes. Additional fees for field trips and additional activities or workshops may apply.

Savings for HPA students

Fees for enrollment in these courses and activities outside of HPA total over $11,000 per year.


Students apply, audition, and interview for the program after completion of their sophomore year in high school. The application process includes a letter of intent, audition on primary instrument (or craft), interview with program directors, and teacher reference.

Apply now!

About us

  • Learn more about The Hartt School Community Division.

  • Learn more about the University of Hartford's The Hartt School.

  • Learn more about the University of Hartford campus.

If you have any questions, please call us at 860.768.4451, or harttprep@hartford.edu