Robert Hartwell

Professor of Music and Media Studies at Foothill College

Mozart and Mythology





Robert Hartwell holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University, and as Professor of Music at Foothill College, specializes in welcoming the uninitiated into the world of classical music.  A champion of student-centered curricula, he pioneered Foothill’s innovative coursework in popular culture, and participated in a film project on contemporary teaching practices for Laureate Education.

Dr. Hartwell has co-authored a three-volume series on the history of Western music, and was a contributory author to The Quarterly Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute and the New Pedagogies in Higher Education series.

Hartwell is a regular guest lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, and is a pre-performance lecturer for the San Francisco Opera.  He was Foothill College’s faculty commencement speaker, and as a product of the California Community College system, is wholly committed to its egalitarian mission.