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Linda Hartley

Professor Emerita, Music Education


College of Arts and Sciences: Music


Email: Linda Hartley


  • Ph.D., Music Education, Kent State University
  • M.M., Music Education, Kent State University
  • B.M., Education, Bowling Green State University


Linda A. Hartley, Professor Emerita, held a fulltime music education faculty position from 1991-2020, and served as Associate Dean in the School of Education and Health Sciences from 2015-2020.

Dr. Hartley served as Coordinator of Music Education for 24 years, and taught a variety of music education courses, supervised student teachers, conducted university bands, advised music education students, and is the founder of the music education graduate program. From 1991-1999 she was also Director of Athletic Bands. Dr. Hartley instructed instrumental music for eight years in grades 5-12 for Tallmadge City Schools (Ohio) where she also chaired the music department. For three years, Dr. Hartley supervised and taught instrumental music for grades 5-8 at St. Patrick's Elementary School (Kent, Ohio). Prior to her appointment at UD in 1991, Dr. Hartley taught at Mount Union College (Ohio) and Virginia Tech.

In Fall 2000, Dr. Hartley began the University of Dayton's New Horizons Music Program. Designed for adults age 50 and older, New Horizons provides the opportunity for adults to learn to play an instrument for the first time, or a reentry point for those who played long ago. The program intentionally collaborates with UD music education majors who assist in instruction. New Horizons Music Program participants enjoy the experience of music making together, learning new skills, and performing for audiences throughout the Miami Valley.

Professional Activities

  • University of Dayton New Horizons Music Program Director: Geared toward senior adults learning to play an instrument; collaboration with UD music education program; ex-officio member of UD New Horizons Music Program Executive Board
  • New Horizons International Music Association: Advisory Council Member
  • Ohio Music Education Association: Positions held have included elected member of the Board of Trustees, State Editor of Triad, Higher Education Committee Chair, Chair of 2007 Professional Development State Conference, District 12 President, State Advisor for the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA), Research Committee, Editorial Board for Contributions in Music Education research journal, Editorial Board member for the Triad, Higher Education Committee Chair, and Advisor for the UD OCMEA chapter
  • Presenter: Professional associations
  • Consultant: School music programs
  • Adjudicator: Instrumental music events
  • Clinician/conductor/performer

Awards and Honors

  • University of Dayton Faculty Award in Teaching
  • University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Outstanding Service to Music Award, Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Music Sorority
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Faculty Excellence Award
  • Hall of Fame Cultural and Performing Arts Alumni Award, Ravenna High School (Ohio)
  • University of Dayton Global Education Seminar participant (South America)
  • University of Dayton e-Learning Fellow
  • University of Dayton Teaching Fellow

Research Interests

  • Adult music learning
  • Leadership diversity in instrumental music
  • Instrumental music starting grade level


Dr. Hartley’s publications can be found in:

  • Diverse Pedagogical Approaches to Experiential Learning: Intergenerational Engagement through Experiential Learning (chapter), K. Lovett, editor
  • Journal of Research in Music Education
  • Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education
  • Contributions to Music Education
  • Journal of Band Research
  • Ohio Music Education Association Triad
  • The Instrumentalist
  • College Band Directors National Association Journal
  • Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent
  • Teaching Music Through Performance in Band; Marches, R. Miles, editor
  • Musicianship-Focused Curriculum and Assessment, C. Conway, editor

Recent Presentations

Creating Positive Support for Your School Music Program. K. Carpenter, co-presenter. Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference. Cleveland, OH. (Feb. 1, 2019)

Community Music Ensembles Directors’ Panel. Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference. Cleveland, OH. (Jan. 31, 2019)

Governing Community Music Ensembles. Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference. Columbus, OH. (Feb. 10, 2018)

Relationship with Department of Teacher Education: A New and Unique Perspective. Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference, Cleveland, OH. (Feb. 3, 2017)

New Horizons Music Program: The Unanticipated and Satisfying Intersections. Music Lifelong Learning International Symposium, Ithaca College, NY, Ithaca, NY. (Oct. 14, 2016)

Applying and Interviewing for Part-time and Full-time College Teaching Positions. Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference, Cleveland, OH. (Feb. 6, 2015

Gender and Ethnicity in Band Conducting: Does Discrimination Still Exist? Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference, Cleveland, OH. (Feb. 6, 2015)