TC student receives Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award

| April 25, 2013

New Haven, CT | The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce that TC Ed.D. student, Cara Bernard, was among those selected to receive the 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. Bernard served as a music teacher in the New York City Department of Education and is currently pursing a Doctorate of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

The Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award is presented biennially to fifty music educators selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in the nation’s public schools. From a pool of nearly 300 nominees representing 45 states, a panel of music professionals selected this year’s 50 Distinguished Music Educators. The selected educators hail from 32 different states, including the first ever Symposium attendees from Kansas and Mississippi.

Award recipients attend, all expenses paid, the Symposium on Music in Schools, which is held every two years at the Yale School of Music as part of its Music in Schools Initiative. The honors will be conferred at the Symposium’s Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 8. Anne Midgette, the classical music critic of The Washington Post who has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Opera News, and other publications, as well as co-authoring two books, will give the keynote address.

With support from the Yale College Class of 1957, the Symposium on Music in Schools brings educators from around the country for three days of talks, intensive discussions, and other events. Workshops and discussions at this year’s symposium will focus around one main theme: The Role of Music in School Reform. Guest speakers include Richard Deasy, former director of the Arts Education Partnership; David Myers, Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music; and Scott Shuler, Arts Education specialist for the CT State Department of Education and Immediate Past President of the National Association for Music Education (NafME). The symposium also includes a performance by The Declassified, a cutting-edge chamber music society forging an integrated role for classical music in communities around the world.

The diverse Distinguished Music Educators come from thirty different states; teach both vocal and instrumental music across myriad genres; and work at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in urban, rural, and suburban school districts.

About Cara Bernard

Cara Bernard is an Ed.D. student in music education and University Distinguished Fellowship recipient at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Bernard works with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City in their Satellite School Program, working with New York City public schools to bring a choral experience to over 1,000 children throughout the city. As a choral clinician, she has given workshops and guest conducted throughout the tri-state area and New England, and has presented for and at the NYC Department of Education, College Music Society, Society for Music Teacher Education, NAfME, and Carnegie Hall. She also serves as a curriculum writer for the NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects. Ms. Bernard holds an M.M.Ed. from Westminster Choir College and a B.S. in Music Education from New York University. She studies conducting with Francisco J. Núñez and Lynnel Joy Jenkins.