Elaine Bernstorf

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Elaine Bernstorf serves as Professor of Music Education at Wichita State University.  Her degrees include the BME and MME in Special Music Education and a PhD in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. As a faculty member of the School of Music (1993-current), her prior experiences include teaching Elementary General Music and Special Music Education in the Wichita Public Schools (1976-1990), teaching as a summer graduate instructor (1984-1992); and serving as Associate Dean of Fine Arts (2001-2010).  As a professor and researcher, Dr. Bernstorf's specializations include elementary vocal music, special music education, early childhood arts education, speech pathology (especially in the areas of voice, fluency and child language), literacy development, and curriculum development. Dr. Bernstorf is co-author of two editions of the book The Music and Literacy Connection (2004, 2014) published by NAfME (National Association for Music Education) through Roman and Littlefield. She has a book chapter in the recent publication:  Exceptional Music Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities International Perspectives edited by Deborah VanderLinde Blair and Kimberly A. McCord.

Dr. Bernstorf has administrated the WSU Kodaly Certification Program (2003-current) and Fine Arts Summer Workshops (2005-2013).  She has founded and supervised several music-based service learning programs including:  the speech-language preschool (WSU Kaleidoscope at the Metrocomplex) with their early childhood fine arts program (1999-2015); Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (CPRF) Adult Learning program (2006-current); and worked as a consultant with Reading Explorers, Arts Partners, Envison and other service learning programs.  Dr. Bernstorf serves as Chair for NAfME Exceptional Learners SRIG (2016-2018) and was co-chair for Kansas MEA Special Needs focus area (2013-2016). Bernstorf serves on the Administrator Connections advisory board for Organization of American Kodaly Educators and as column coordinator for the Envoy journal.

Office: C125, Duerksen Fine Arts Center
E-mail: elaine.bernstorf@wichita.edu
Phone: 316.978.6953
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