Dr. John T. Hart Jr. is an Adjunct Professor of Instrumental Music Education and Conducting at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School. Prior to teaching at the college level, John taught elementary, middle, and high school music in his home state of Connecticut. He has also performed with a number of the region’s top ensembles, and has guest conducted with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and Hartford Opera Theater. He is the Associate Conductor for the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble. He is an active clinician and conductor, having conducted festivals and workshops throughout the Northeast. In his roles as teacher and conductor, John enjoys working with living composers and connecting them directly with performers, especially young musicians. Composers with whom he’s worked include Jess Turner, Ryan Jesperson, Frank Ticheli, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Stephen Montague, Stephen Gryc, Donald Grantham, Paul Richards, and David Maslanka.
In addition to teaching and conducting, John designs and publishes empirical research on music teacher education and instrumental teaching methods. His publications appear in Music Educators Journal, Contributions to Music Education, and Journal of Music Teacher Education. Dr. Hart received a Ph.D. in Music Education and a Master of Music Education from The Hartt School, and a B.A. in Music from Gettysburg College. He is a member of NAfME, CMEA, SMTE, AERA, Conductors Guild, CBDNA, College Music Society, and the academic music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. John lives in CT with his talented wife Katie, a mezzo-soprano, and his charming daughter Ellie.