Hartwick College musical ensemble rehearsal

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Study Music Education at Hartwick College and you’ll get an education that pairs contemporary teaching practices with music performance. You’ll develop the tools, knowledge and confidence, as well as a broad range of real-world work experience, to ready you for sharing the spirit of music in any K-12 classroom.

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Many Career Paths

A degree in Music Education from Hartwick College puts you on a clear path towards your career goals.
Want to get right to work? We’ll guide you through getting your teaching certification so you can get right into the classroom after graduation.

Want to get your Master’s Degree? Your FlightPath team will help you find the right graduate program for you. Hartwick even has an arrangement with Nazareth College where Music and Music Education graduates will have their application fee waived and fast-tracked – and can send their senior recital video, rather than go in for an audition.

Extraordinary Opportunities

Hartwick music education student setting up presentation about teaching opera

No need to wait to get inside the classroom. From your first year, you’ll be in local schools, building your confidence as a music educator year by year. When it comes time for your student teaching practicum in your senior year, you’ll be confident that you are prepared to lead.

Hartwick student in Ireland playing whistle

Test-drive your skills early in a one-on-one mini-practicum during your junior year, where you’ll shore up your classroom skills in a safe, personalized and flexible environment. Or spend a J Term studying the music and culture of Ireland – you could even wind up singing on stage at a local pub!

Hartwick College Honor Band Ensemble

And you’ll have plenty of chances to make music, too. Join Hartwick’s many ensembles – from choir to orchestra to rock band – or expand your repertoire by taking private lessons on a secondary instrument. No need to choose between ensembles either – they’re scheduled without conflicts, so play in as many as you want.

An Education Built For You

FlightPath’s personalized approach means your education isn’t one-size-fits-all. Your Faculty Mentor will help you find a student-teaching position to challenge and develop your strengths, while your Career Coach will guide you in preparing your resume, practicing your interviews, and helping you network with future employers. Your Alumni Mentor will share their experience or offer real-world work experience, and your Success Coach will support you the whole time.

You’ll build your presence with an online portfolio, including your teaching philosophy and performance videos. It pairs well with your Digital Resume, which compiles everything you did during your time at Hartwick.

Where Will a Hartwick Degree Take You?


Like Julia Butts ‘21, in her second second year at Nazareth College, where she is getting her Master’s in Music Education. At Hartwick, she co-authored “The Widening Research to Practice Gap: How College and K-12 educators value, use, and relate to music education research in the 2010s” with Music Education director Meghan Sheehy and Sociology professor Ryan Ceresola, which is currently under peer review, and recently accepted a full-time position as an elementary band director in the Hornell City School District.


Like Catherine Kondi, ‘18, currently building a high school choir program in Pelham, Massachusetts. While on campus, she was a John Christopher Hartwick Teacher Scholar, served as president of the National Association for Music Education, and traveled to Italy on an Emerson Scholarship to explore Arts Administration, where she developed the skills she is applying to her new choral program build.


Andrew Pease

Associate Professor of Music & Department Co-chair

Meghan Sheehy

Associate Professor of Music Education & Department Co-chair

Ana Laura González

Assistant Professor of Music