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Music and Music Education

What is this major?
Music is a profound and integral part of all human societies. Regardless of age, culture, education, economics, or politics, all people create lasting connections to this form of art. The impact of music is transformational, instigating social and political change and allowing spaces for play and creativity. The self-discipline involved in mastering an instrument cultivates a heightened sense of self-expression and develops the concept of self. Ensemble experience, ideally, requires us to release some measure of our own ego; we combine, support, and blend with others to respond to the nuances and character of their expression. An engagement with art--an aesthetic encounter--is sometimes conceptualized as the sublime, the spiritual, even compared to an understanding of the soul. Musical materials are close to that indefinable domain, embracing areas of emotional, psychological, and spiritual energy while simultaneously requiring detailed organization.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): This degree allows students to specialize within the broader context of a liberal arts and sciences education. It also prepares students for graduate work in music as well as affiliated careers in music.

Emphasis in Music Theatre: Students majoring in either Music or Theatre Arts have the opportunity to concentrate a portion of their studies in the area of music theatre.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.): The major in Music Education is an intensive and rigorous professional program that fosters individual growth. Curricular emphasis is placed on critical thinking and creativity, and students gain competency in vocal, instrumental, and general music, K-12. Student teaching placements take place in the sophomore, junior, and senior years.

What can I do with this major?

  • Music teacher
  • Recording engineer
  • Arranger
  • Sound technician
  • Accompanist
  • Band director
  • Choral director
  • Music copyist
  • Music editor
  • Session musician
  • Music journalist
  • Disc jockey
  • Business manager
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapist
  • Instrument restoration specialist
  • Arts administrator
  • Conductor

What skills will I improve/gain?
Creativity, ability to read and write music, singing/instrumental talents, entertaining skills, ability to keep audiences' interest, conducting skills, perseverance, observation skills, communication skills, basic reading, writing, editing skills, humbleness, self-discipline, versatility, good stage presence, physical stamina, teaching abilities, performance techniques, ability to use various sound equipment, adaptability and flexibility, poise

Who employs graduates from this major?
Public and private school systems, recording studios, theatres, colleges/universities, magazines/newspapers, council for the arts, music publishing companies, museums, radio

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Study with highly trained, engaging performers and scholars
  • Student-teach in the Caribbean
  • Study music history in the Czech Republic
  • Collaborate on the creation of professional CDs
  • Create internships in the recording industry, music management
  • Participate in student music, dance, and theatre clubs
  • Engage in collaborative project work with faculty
  • Workshop a Broadway musical-in-the-making
  • Learn to perform music from around the world
  • DJ at the campus radio station
  • Perform and compose unique music for student ensembles
  • Teach Jamaican folk drumming to local elementary children
  • Perform and produce a full-length musical every January

Visit the Music & Music Education Department Web page.

Department Chair
Diane Paige, 607-431-4585, paiged@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.