Music Education Major

Hartwick College Wind Ensemble Performing in Anderson Theatre

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
  • Composers

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
  • Pandora
  • 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).


Daniel Hane

Department Chair & Artist in Residence

Graeme Francis

Artist in Residence

Ana Laura González

Assistant Professor of Music

Stephanie Hollander

Artist in Residence

Evan Jagels

Artist in Residence

Gregg Norris

Adjunct Instructor

Andrew Pease

Assistant Professor of Music, Artist in Residence

Allison Rubin

Artist in Residence

Meghan Sheehy

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Fideliz Sta Brigida

Artist in Residence

Ben Aldridge

Artist in Residence

Wyatt Ambrose

Artist in Residence

Ruth Berry

Artist in Residence

Paul Blake

Artist in Residence

Karlinda Caldicott

Artist in Residence

John Colonna

Artist in Residence

Steven Nanni

Visiting Assistant Professor & Artist in Residence

Jill Czarnecki

Staff Accompanist

Cindy Donaldson

Artist in Residence

Tim Horne

Staff Accompanist

William Pomares

Adjunct Instructor in Music

Giancarlo Sidoli

Artist in Residence

Uli Speth

Artist in Residence