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Rhoda Bernard

Chair, Music Education | Director, The Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum.

Rhoda Bernard, Ed.D, is the chair of the Music Education Department at The Boston Conservatory, the leading multi-disciplinary performing arts school in Boston.

Prior to joining The Boston Conservatory in 2004, Bernard held faculty positions at the New England Conservatory (NEC), the Longy School, the Powers Music School of Belmont and the Suzuki School of Newton. She co-founded the Conservatory Lab Charter School, a music-centered charter school in Boston, where she directed the music program and the interdisciplinary Learning Through Music program for five years. She also held general music teaching positions at the Conservatory Lab Charter School, the Johnson School, the Beethoven School and the Trotter School.

As a musician, Bernard is a vocalist and pianist who specializes in jazz music, as well as Jewish music in Yiddish and Hebrew. She has performed with the klezmer bands Klezamir, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Barry Shapiro Orchestra and Mashke. She has performed as a cantorial soloist in synagogues throughout New England. She studied voice with Dominique Eade, improvisation with Ran Blake and Bevan Manson and Jewish music with Hankus Netsky, as well as Yiddish language, literature and culture at Columbia University.

Bernard holds an A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard University and a B.M. with academic honors in jazz voice from NEC. She earned both her Masters and Doctorate degrees in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Bernard is a member of Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) and serves on the board of Eastern district, on the conference committee and as the advisor to the state collegiates. She is a member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She serves on the editorial boards of Music Educators Journal, Visions of Research in Music Education and Massachusetts Music News, and she is the former president of the board of Young Audiences of Massachusetts. Bernard has presented her research in conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her work has been published in numerous journals, including Music Educators Journal, Music Education Research, Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, The Mountain Lake Reader and Arts and Learning Research Journal. With Klezamir, she recorded two CDs, entitled, Klezamir Cooks for Tante Barbara and Back in the Shtetl Again.

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