Music Education Major
Where degrees in music education can take you
Students in the music program at Hartwick enjoy close mentoring and a collaborative atmosphere where students and faculty perform, study, and learn together.
Close student-faculty interaction allows students the opportunity to conduct individual research and performance projects, whether at the Library of Congress or the University of Vienna, Austria. Hartwick students are afforded many opportunities for teaching and performance, both at the College and throughout the region.
Typcially, graduates pursue careers as:
- K & Elementary School Teachers
- Middle School Teachers
- High School Teachers
- Music Directors
Putting music education to work
Hartwick alumni at work.
Hartwick music students perform and teach all over the world. Our alumni work for:
- Public & Private Schools: PK-12
- Footloose national tour
- SUNY-Oneonta Music Industry Program
- Jacksonville Symphony
- Catskill Symphony Orchestra
- Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
- Altoona Symphony Orchestra
- Washington Symphony Orchestra
- Metropolitan Wind Symphony
- Blue Sky Music Studios
- South Shore Conservatory
- Questar III
- Arena Stage
- Red House Arts Center, Inc.
- Universal Studios
- Ubsorne Books and More
- Empire State Youth Orchestra
- NYC Department of Education
- Eastern U.S. Music Camp
- Skit and Kaboodle
Alumni in graduate school.
Many of our alumni have gone on to study at the nation’s top graduate schools:
- Peabody Conservatory of Music
- Columbia University
- Ithaca College
- Vanderbilt University
- Boston University
- UNC School of the Arts
- Temple University
- The University of Illinois
- Florida State University
- The University of Delaware
- University of Massachusetts, Boston
Kent State University
- Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
- University of Northern Colorado
- New Mexico State University
Beyond the basic.
Students supplement their academic programs with practica and student teaching experiences across all four years of study at Hartwick. These experiences cover all facets of PK-12 music education and offer Hartwick students a wide range of teaching experience prior to graduation. Students also take advantage of studying music abroad, including Arts Administration in Italy, advanced performance and ensemble skills in Austria, folk fiddling in Ireland, and music in Bolivia.
A closer look.
Performance opportunities include: College Choir, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Rock Ensemble, Opera Scenes, and many chamber ensembles. Learn about our Ensembles.
Facilities include a professional computer technology lab, recording and electronic music studios, a digital keyboard lab, recently-renovated recital hall and rehearsal space, sound-isolation practice booths, four baby grand Steinway pianos, one full Steinway grand piano, a music education resource library, an Orff Instrumentarium, and a world music studio. All practice rooms are equipped with an upright or baby grand piano. Digital pianos are available to students as well.
The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).