I had a really great college experience. I visited Hartt and several other schools when I was trying to decide where I wanted to apply/audition for college. I was looking for music education programs that would give me real opportunities to work with kids while I was in school, but that also had performance opportunities for non-performance majors. I knew that I didn't want to go to a conservatory, and I also didn't want to be at a really large school where I would feel lost all the time!
Hartt turned out to be the perfect fit for several reasons. While not technically a conservatory, the music school has a conservatory feel since it is on the smaller side, and is pretty intense! People knew one another throughout the different majors, and there was a real sense of community that was felt throughout the school.
I feel very lucky to have studied with some of the greatest professors who are very actively involved in the world of music education. Dr. John Feieraband and Dr. Stuart Younse both impacted me tremendously, and are truly loved not only by their students, but by the greater Hartford community, as well. Hartt has partnerships with several area schools and also has a large community programs department. I had the great opportunity to be a manager of one of the Connecticut Children's Choruses that was run through the community division, where I really learned a lot about how to run a choir.
It's important to be able to take as many opportunities as you can that may come your way. Through classes, choir, extra-curricular activities and community programs, Hartt prepared me extremely well for "real life" as a choir director!
I wouldn't hesitate to choose Hartt all over again, and if anyone is thinking of applying to this great music school...go for it! I would be happy to answer any questions if you have any :)