Music Education Career


In June of 2016, Mr Hazzard accepted an offer to teach and run the music program at Granite State Arts Academy in Salem, NH. As Director of Music, he is responsible for the music curriculum, and teaching all the music classes and ensembles at this arts-focused charter high school.


In 2013, after a brief retirement during which he worked on composing and arranging commissions but missed being in the classroom, Mr. Hazzard became a substitute teacher for the Cabarrus County School System in NC and The Cannon School, Concord, NC. He primarily worked with bands and choral groups but also spent three months teaching three Intro to Theatre classes while the Theatre Director of Cox Mill High School was on maternity leave.


In 1983, Mr Hazzard left Berklee to accept a position as Director of Music at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. During his thirty years at Lawrence, Mr. Hazzard served as Musical Director for the annual school musical, directed the jazz band, and taught music theory and composition classes. He founded the school’s
a cappella group in 1986 and directed them through 2008. From 1997-1999 and 2002 to 2008 he was the Choral Director.  In 2006 Mr. Hazzard received a Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
He retired from Lawrence Academy in 2012-13.


An alumnus of Boston University and a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Mr. Hazzard was asked to join the Berklee faculty in September of 1971. During his 12 year tenure Mr. Hazzard taught Ear Training, Harmony, Contemporary Techniques in Composition, Counterpoint, and  Music History.  He was appointed Chair of the Traditional Studies Department in 1977 and Director of Special Projects in 1980. Mr. Hazzard also authored three study texts published by the Berklee Press; a two volume set History of Western Music: Middle Ages Through The Baroque and History of Western Music: Classical Period to Modern TImes, and Contemporary Techniques in Composition.  Mr. Hazzard was also appointed conductor of the Berklee Concert Wind Ensemble in 1976, a position he held until 1983.