H. Christian Bernhard II, Ph.D. is Professor of Music Education at The State University
of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental music
methods and conducting, as well as graduate courses in music education history, philosophy,
psychology, assessment, and curriculum. He holds degrees in music performance and
education from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, The University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and taught band
and orchestra in the public schools of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dr. Bernhard’s research interests include the uses of singing and improvisation in
instrumental music education, as well as alleviation of stress and burnout among music
teachers. He has presented at conferences including The National Association for Music
Education, College Music Society, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and internationally
at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and the Liszt School
of Music in Weimar, Germany. His research has also been published in peer-reviewed
journals including College Music Symposium, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Band Research, and International Journal of Music Education, and he currently serves on the editorial committee of NAfME’s Music Educators Journal.
Dr. Bernhard remains active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and is a member
of The National Association for Music Education, New York State School Music Association,
and Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association.