Linda A. Hartley, Ph.D.

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Linda A. Hartley, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of Education and Health Sciences; Professor of Music, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Full-Time Faculty


Linda A. Hartley serves as Associate Dean in the School of Education and Health Sciences and is also a Professor of Music Education at the University of Dayton. Dr. Hartley has served as Coordinator of Music Education, and taught a variety of music education courses, supervised student teachers, conducted university bands, and advised music education students. She 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 (Ohio) and Virginia Tech (Virginia).

In Fall 2000, Dr. Hartley began the University of Dayton's New Horizons Music Program. Designed for senior 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 ensemble participants enjoy the experience of music making together, learning new skills, and performing for audiences throughout the Miami Valley.


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

Courses Taught

  • ASI 150: Introduction to the University Experience
  • MUS 202: Professional Development Workshop
  • MUS 231: Introduction to Music Education
  • MUS 232: Integrating the Arts: Music
  • MUS 238: Woodwind Laboratory
  • MUS 332: Instrumental Music Methods
  • MUS 336: Woodwind Pedagogy
  • MUS 390: Marching Band, University Concert Band, Pep Band, chamber ensembles
  • MUS 399: Applied performance studies
  • MUS 430: Jazz Pedagogy
  • MUS 431: Marching Band Pedagogy
  • EDT 479: Student Teacher Supervision, Student Teaching Seminar
  • MUS 531: Foundations and Current Issues in Music Education
  • MUS 560: Special Topics for graduate students
  • EDT 662: Graduate Thesis

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
  • 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, and Advisor for the UD OCMEA chapter
  • Presenter: Professional associations
  • Consultant: School music programs
  • Adjudicator: Instrumental music events
  • Clinician/conductor

Professional Memberships

  • Ohio Association of Teacher Educators
  • 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

Awards & Honors

  • University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award
  • University of Dayton Faculty Award in Teaching
  • Outstanding Service to Music Award, Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Service 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

  • Senior adults making music – motivation, participation, benefits
  • 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
  • Contributions to Music Education
  • Journal of Band Research
  • Ohio Music Education Association Triad
  • The Instrumentalist
  • Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent
  • Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, Marches, R. Miles, editor
  • Musicianship-Focused Curriculum and Assessment, C. Conway, editor

Selected presentations

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

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

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

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

Beyond K-12: Teaching Music to Adults. Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development State Conference, Columbus, OH. (February 8, 2014)