Michael D. Hart

Michael D. Hart, D.M.A

Associate Dean, Creative and Performing Arts; Associate Professor of Music

(805) 493-3614


Dr. Michael Hart currently serves as Associate Dean for the Creative and Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music at California Lutheran University. In his role as Associate Dean, he oversees development of long-range strategic initiatives for the Art/Multimedia, Film/Television, Music, and Theatre Departments, and works to support diversity, equity, inclusion and justice initiatives within the division.  As Associate Professor, he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches courses in conducting, music theory, and music education, and provides lessons to low brass students.  He is active throughout Southern California as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and freelance tubist.


Dr. Hart holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting with a secondary concentration in Tuba Performance from The University of Iowa. He holds the Master of Music in Conducting from the same institution and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.


Dr. Hart began his career as a band director and music educator in the Minnesota public schools.  He has taught at every level including elementary, junior high, high school, and college. While in Minnesota, his music programs grew each year and his ensembles received superior ratings at every state and local contest.  


As a freelance tubist, he performs frequently throughout Southern California as both a soloist and orchestra musician.  Additionally, he has performed several times at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference.  


Hart has been inducted into several honor societies including Phi Kappa Lambda, Phi Lambda Theta, and the Alpha Society. His professional affiliations include The National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Wind Band Conducting and Tuba Performance, The University of Iowa
  • Master of Arts, Wind Band Conducting, The University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Music, Music Education, Concordia College



  • Conducting
  • Low Brass Performance and Pedagogy
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory