Cara Bernard is Assistant Clinical Professor of Music Education at the University of Connecticut in the Neag School of Education, where she teaches courses in choral and elementary methods, curriculum, and supervises student teaching. Dr. Bernard has given workshops and led festival performances for students and teachers across the country. She has conducted, performed, and prepared choruses for performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, in addition to a number of other venues throughout the Northeast. She is currently President-Elect of CT ACDA.
Dr. Bernard serves on the editorial committees of Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, and Visions of Research in Music Education, and was a writer for the MusicFirst Junior curriculum. She was a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Council of Research in Music Education and the 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, and is co-author of the recently released book Teacher Evaluation in Music: A Guide for Teachers in the US, published by Oxford University Press.
Dr. Bernard was the director and conductor of the Count Me In program at Carnegie Hall where she designed a vocal/choral curriculum for beginning-level middle school music students. Additionally, she worked with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City™ School Choral Program to bring a choral experience to over 1,000 children throughout the New York City public schools. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Bernard enjoyed many years of teaching music in the New York City public schools.