Professor of Music Education
Elaine Bernstorf serves as Professor of Music Education at Wichita State University. Her degrees include the BME and MME in Special Music Education and a PhD in Communicative Disorders and Sciences. As a faculty member of the School of Music (1993-current), her prior experiences include teaching Elementary General Music and Special Music Education in the Wichita Public Schools (1976-1990), teaching as a summer graduate instructor (1984-1992), and serving as Associate Dean of Fine Arts (2001-2010). As a professor and researcher, Dr. Bernstorf's specializations include elementary vocal music, special music education, early childhood arts education, speech pathology (especially in the areas of voice, fluency, and child language), literacy development, and curriculum development. Dr. Bernstorf is co-author of two editions of the book The Music and Literacy Connection (2004, 2014) published by NAfME (National Association for Music Education) through Roman and Littlefield. She has a book chapter in two recent publications: Exceptional Music Pedagogy for Children with Exceptionalities International Perspectives (2016) edited by Deborah VanderLinde Blair and Kimberly A. McCord; Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning (2017) edited by Gene Diaz and Martha McKenna.
Dr. Bernstorf has administrated the WSU Kodaly Certification Program (2003-current) and Fine Arts Summer Workshops (2005-2013). She has founded and supervised several music-based service learning programs including: the WSU speech-language preschools iSLP (2018-current) (and Kaleidoscope(1999-2016)) with their early childhood fine arts programs; Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (CPRF) Adult Learning program (2006-current); and worked as a consultant with Reading Explorers, Arts Partners, Envision and other service learning programs. Dr. Bernstorf serves as Chair for NAfME Exceptional Learners SRIG (2016-2018) and was co-chair for Kansas MEA Special Needs focus area (2013-2016). Bernstorf serves as Higher Education Advisor on the national board for Organization of American Kodaly Educators (2016-2019) and as column coordinator for the Envoy journal Administrator Connections. In 2017, the Kansas Music Educators Association inducted her in their Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement recognition.
Office: C121, Duerksen Fine Arts Center