The Hartt School

Music Production and Technology

Music production & technology at Hartt trains musicians to become music production professionals (i.e. recording, mixing, and mastering engineers).  Musicianship training has played an essential role for many, if not most, successful producers. Through study in music, electronics and acoustics, you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the professional audio industry.

Admission Requirements

Music production & technology applicants are required to interview with a faculty member of the department. This is the chance for the applicant to meet face to face with a member of the MPT faculty to discuss the program and a career in music production. It is also a chance for the faculty member to learn more about the applicant’s musical and technical background as well as their motivation for entering the field. While significant, previous recording experience is not necessary, some evidence of research and awareness of the field is expected.

Music production & technology is a Bachelor of Music program, and therefore requires an interview and an instrumental or vocal audition.  The audition ensures that the applicant is at the level sufficient to fulfill the performing ensemble requirement of Hartt’s MPT curriculum. The audition must be in one of the following categories: classical, jazz, or commercial music, each having its own specific guidelines.

In order to schedule an interview and audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt supplemental application must be completed. 

Justin Kurtz

Associate Professor of Music Production & Technology,

Justin Kurtz has worked as a recording engineer for the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta. His company, Laurel Hill Recording, specializes in classical and acoustic music and his projects have appeared on the Naxos, Albany, Innova, Toccata Classics, Divine Art, and New World record labels.


About the Major

133.5 credits are required to complete the Bachelor of Music in music production & technology. The curriculum includes music and industry specific courses.

In your third year, you will join a production team of two or three MPT majors for an assignment that guides you through the learning and application of the tools of the modern recording studio.

In your fourth year, each team produces a full length recording project. The team follows the project from pre-production to recording, mixing, editing, and mastering.  This project becomes a valuable tool when entering the professional world.

For more information, and to see a complete list of degree requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

Music Production and Technology Faculty

Justin Kurtz
Associate Professor of Music Production and Technology; Chair of Music Production and Technology
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Gabriel Herman
Assistant Professor of Music Production and Technology
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The Hartt Recording Studio

The Hartt Recording Studio (HRS) is an outlet for you to develop your technique and gain more experience within the studio environment. Providing recording services to any Hartt student, staff, or faculty member, as well as outside clients, the studio is staffed by music production and technology majors. You are encouraged from the time you enter The Hartt School to be an actively involved participant in the production studio.

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