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Reese and Bernhard to present research at VMEA Annual Conference in Norfolk
Friday, November 13, 2015

Assistant Professor Jill Reese and Professor Christian Bernhard II, faculty members in Music Education, will present their research at the Virginia Music Educators Association Annual Conference (VMEA) in Norfolk from Nov. 19 to 21.

    Dr. Christian Bernhard II
     Dr. Jill Reese

Dr. Reese will present two best-practice sessions regarding vocal creativity and using iPads for musical expression. Dr. Bernhard will present his latest research study regarding music teacher burnout.

Reese earned her doctoral degree in Music Education from Temple University, master's degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan, and undergraduate degree in Music Education from Michigan State University. She previously taught vocal/general music in the public schools of Michigan, and early childhood music in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Her research interests include creativity and improvisation, early childhood music development, professional learning communities, and technology use for teaching and learning.

Dr. Bernhard 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. Prior to teaching at Fredonia, he taught band and orchestra in the public schools of Raleigh, N.C. His research interests include the uses of singing and improvisation in instrumental music education, as well as alleviation of stress and burnout among music teachers.

The conference is one of the most viable activities of the organization and its purpose is to raise the standards of music education. VMEA will provide a variety of workshops, clinics and performances to improve teacher’s skills, inform them of the latest materials available, and to encourage music educators to participate in the many different activities.

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