Linda A Hartley

Contact Information

  • Phone: 937-229-3232
  • Location: FH 459

Linda A Hartley

Professor; Music Education Program Coordinator

  • Full-Time Faculty


Linda A. Hartley is Professor of Music at the University of Dayton where she serves as Coordinator for Undergraduate and Graduate Music Education. She teaches a variety of music education courses, supervises student teachers, and advises music education students. Dr. Hartley was the recipient of the 2000 University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, and the University of Dayton 2003 Outstanding Teacher Award. Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Service Sorority, presented Dr. Hartley with the 2008 Outstanding Service to Music Award. Receiving her music education degrees from Bowling Green State University and Kent State University, Dr. Hartley instructed instrumental music for eight years in grades 5-12 in the Tallmadge City Schools (Ohio) where she also chaired the music department. For three years she supervised and taught instrumental music grades 5-8 at St. Patrick's Elementary School in Kent, Ohio. Prior to her appointment at UD in 1991, Dr. Hartley taught at Mount Union College and Virginia Tech.

Dr. Hartley is the liaison for a local elementary band program, where her music education students serve as primary instructors. In Fall 2000, Dr. Hartley began a band program for senior adults ages 50 and over - the UD New Horizons Bands, in which music education majors serve as instructors.


  • Ph.D., Kent State University
  • Master of Music, Kent State University
  • Bachelor in Music Education, Bowling Green State University

Professional Activities

Active professional service includes the Ohio Music Education Association as an elected member of the Board of Trustees, State Editor of Triad, District 12 President, State Advisor for the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, Research Committee, Editorial Board for Contributions in Music Education research journal, Editorial Board member for the Triad, Higher Education Committee, and is the Advisor for the UD OCMEA chapter. She was Chair of the 2007 OMEA state music education conference in Columbus and also serves as an adjudicator for OMEA solo and ensemble, and large group events. In addition, Dr. Hartley is an adjudicator for Music in the Parks National Festivals. She has been an adjudicator for the Kentucky Music Educators Association state concert band festival, and often gives clinic sessions and guest conducts for middle and high school bands. 

Dr. Hartley is a member of:

  • National Association for Music Education
  • Ohio Music Education Association
  • International Society of Music Education
  • College Music Society
  • New Horizons International Music Association
  • College Band Directors National Association

Research Interests

  • Senior adults making music – motivation, participation, benefits
  • Value of large ensembles in schools
  • Starting grade level of instrumental music
  • Gender and ethnicity imbalance of college band directors


Dr. Hartley’s publications can be found in:

  • Journal of Research in Music Education
  • Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education
  • Ohio Music Education Association Triad
  • The Instrumentalist Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent
  • Teaching Music Through Performance in Band
  • Contributions to Music Education