H. Christian Bernhard II, Ph.D. is Associate 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, New York State School Music Association, 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 numerous professional journals, including Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, Journal of Band Research, and College Music Symposium, and he currently serves on the editorial board of NAfME’s Journal of Music Teacher Education.
Dr. Bernhard remains active as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, and is a member of The National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, New York State School Music Association, and Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association.