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Who's Who: John Bernstein

Name: John Bernstein

Position & school(s): I teach Piano, Performance Skills, Emerging Ensembles and Music Technology.

How long have you been teaching? This is my fourth year teaching at Monticello High School.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you hold? I completed my B.M in Music Education with a Piano Concentration from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. I am currently working in my M.M in Music Ed from Crane also.

Any awards/accomplishments? Any claims to fame? I’ve had several articles published in different music education publications, as well as the opportunity to present on Music Education in the 21st Century at the APME National Conference, NYSSMA Conference, and the Julia Crane Music Education Symposium. I also had the opportunity to help spread music education to several schools in Jamaica while working for the JAFSP.

What's your favorite part of your job? Getting to make music in so many different ways each and every day.

Why did you become a music teacher? I had some influential mentors in my life that showed me the excitement of music education and how it can be approached through so many diverse avenues. Being a music educator allows me to think outside the box and helps my students do the same.

In your opinion, why do you think music education is important? Music Education provides the opportunity for all people, young and old, to uncover their own musicianship.

Who is your favorite musician? I span the whole spectrum, but particularly Jimmy Buffett, Frederic Chopin, Miles Davis, Skrillex, and Trey Anastasio

What are your hobbies? Skiing, Golfing, Hiking, Biking

What advice would you offer to an aspiring musician? Decide what to be, and go be it.