Music professor to discuss alternative music programs

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, October 27, 2014/Categories: 2014

Dr. David Berberick will discuss alternative music programs during the November Celebrating Accomplishments series at BHSU.

Dr. David Berberick, assistant professor of music at Black Hills State University, will be featured at the Celebrating Accomplishment series, from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall, room 202.

Berberick, who earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education this past year, will discuss his dissertation "Music Opportunities in Schools Outside Traditional Large Ensembles in Minnesota: A Multiple Case Study."

Berberick said schools are exploring alternative music programs outside the traditional large ensemble bands to aid students that want to take music education courses, but don't necessarily want to partake in a large ensemble like band, choir and orchestra. Alternative music programs include show choir, guitar club and jazz bands.

"The reason for my inquiry is that for those who believe music education should be for all students, schools have historically only offered a few areas for which students can learn music at the secondary level," Berberick said. "Research revealed a trend that more and more school-aged people have a desire to learn music outside of traditional ensemble programs."

Through his interviews with teachers and students, as well as other research, Berberick found that teachers are developing initiatives to reach more students through these alternative music programs.

Dr. David Wolff, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at BHSU, said Berberick's knowledge and passion for music education serves the University well.

Berberick is the director of bands at BHSU and has offered other musical opportunities for students through the implementation of a pep band and the BHSU drum line, known as the Beeline.

"His work with the bands and implementing new music opportunities is a tremendous asset," Wolff said. "We have a strong vocal component to our music department and Dr. Berberick has brought renewed enthusiasm to those involved in the band."

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