Dr. Hartz is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida whose research focuses on innovative means of developing music literacy and ensemble performance. His most recent appointment involved teaching instrumental methods and music technology courses and supervising student teachers at Cleveland State University, where he was awarded the university’s Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching. During his 30-year career teaching instrumental music in Ohio, his high school and middle school bands earned consistent Superior ratings in Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) adjudicated events, performed twice at OMEA conferences, and presented clinics at Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace University, and the University of Michigan. The Memorial Junior High Bands under his direction performed with guest conductors Dr. Quincy Hilliard and Dr. Deborah Sheldon, guest artists Lisa Bontrager and Dr. John Sampen, and commissioned and premiered an original work for saxophone and band by Dr. Marilyn Shrude.
Dr. Hartz earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 2015 and National Board Certification in 2007. He was recognized by OMEA as the Outstanding Music Educator for 2013. He has been an active OMEA adjudicator for over 25 years and conducted honor bands in Ohio and Kentucky. Dr. Hartz has presented clinics on innovative teaching methods for numerous state and national conferences and published articles in Contributions to Music Education and Music Educators Journal.