Music Department Mission


College level study of music goes well beyond the practice room, rehearsal hall, or concert stage. Majoring in music at Hartwick means developing your musical abilities as a performer, thinker, communicator, creator, and teacher.

Students receive close faculty mentoring and are nurtured in a collaborative atmosphere where students and faculty alike perform, study, and learn together. The commitment to student learning beyond the classroom, means that students have the opportunity to conduct research or engage in special performance projects, whether they be the Library of Congress or the University of Vienna.

So that our graduates leave Hartwick fully prepared for career success, we strive to produce:

  • Musicians of a high level of performing abilities with a solid command of their performance area and of the rudiments of music.
  • Intellectuals who think deeply about the music from a range of cultural and geographical regions and throughout historical time in a variety of ways.
  • Creative individuals who can demonstrate content mastery through creative applications and embody the ideals of the liberal arts in practice.
  • Communicators who can impart beliefs and knowledge about music to others with clarity and ease.
  • Teaching abilities through a study of music education methodology and its application to real-world classroom settings through practicum experiences for those who pursue the BS in Music Education.


The Hartwick College music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The Department of Music is a member of NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association), NYSACMP (New York State Association of College Music Programs), and Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.