T. Clark Saunders


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2014; term ends November 2017

T. Clark Saunders is Acting Dean at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. He previously served as Associate Dean, The Hartt School’s administrator for academic affairs, including the oversight of undergraduate and graduate curricula and instruction. As a professor of music education, Dean Saunders has taught advanced courses in performance assessment, music education research and the psychology of music learning. Prior to coming to The Hartt School, he taught at The University of Maryland at College Park and Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA.

In addition to his teaching, Dean Saunders has pursued a research agenda related to methods and procedures for the valid assessment of music performance skills. He has completed a series of studies that demonstrate useful techniques for the measurement of student growth of music skill learning. Articles related to his work have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, CMEA News, Early Childhood Connections, Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Update, and The Quarterly.

Dean Saunders received Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and a Ph.D. from Temple University.

Dean Saunders served as a member of the 2013 NASM Nominating Committee and has participated as an Annual Meeting presenter.
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Updated December 2014