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 on campus for senior adults ages 50 and over - the UD New Horizons Bands, in which music education majors serve as instructors. The UD New Horizons Band performs for local events and was featured at sessions for the 2002 and 2007 Ohio Music Education Association State Conferences in Cincinnati and Columbus. The New Horizons program includes a Concert Band, Jazz Band, as well as several small ensembles. UD music education students assist as conductors, private teachers, and small group coaches.

Dr. Hartley has served 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. She 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 honors 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, and the College Band Directors National Association. She recently served a 3-year elected appointment on the Board of Directors for New Horizons International Music Association.

This year Dr. Hartley is a member of a university faculty cohort for the Global Education Seminar, with plans to travel to Argentina and Peru at the end of the spring semester. Dr. Hartley was the 2011-13 Co-Chair for the Stander Symposium, a campus-wide annual academic symposium showcasing student research and performance. She is an elected member of the University Academic Senate, serving as Vice President and also chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, serves on the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Committee, and is leading the Department of Music’s accreditation renewal process and Strategic Planning. 

Recent Funded Grants

“Seniors Making Music”, Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District (2010-2011). Co-writer.

"Exploration of Curricular Development and Redesign of Intercultural Music Course Offerings for the University", Learning Teaching Center Innovations Grant, University of Dayton, (December 2008-August 2009).

"Creating a World Music Ensemble Experience", University of Dayton, University of Dayton. (May 2008-April 2009). Co-writer.

"Developing Avenues to Strengthen the Summer-Only Graduate Student Experiences and Support Services", UD Graduate Program, University of Dayton. (May 15, 2008-September 15, 2008).


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

Professional Activities


  • North Central MENC New Horizons Band. Ohio Music Education Association/MENC Regional Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio (January 2011)
  • Bowling Green State University Middle School Honors Band. BGSU New Music Reading and Directors' Clinic, Bowling Green, Ohio (January 2011)
  • New Horizons International Music Camp, Chautauqua, NY. (October 2010). 
  • New Horizons Music Camp, Chautauqua, NY. (October 2009).

University of Dayton Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dayton, OH (April 2008).

New Horizons Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. (June 2007).

Sanibel Island New Horizons Band, Florida, February 2007, February 2006, March 2005.

Dixie High School Concert Band, Ohio Music Education Association State Conference, 2005.

Darke County Fair Band Spectacular, Greenville, Ohio, August, 2004.

Tri State Honor Band Clinic, Morehead State University, November, 2004.

Pit orchestra conductor for Jane Eyre, community musical theatre production at Epiphany Lutheran Church - Centerville, July 2004.

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

Selected Publications

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