Elaine Denise Bernstorf
Inducted in 2017
Elaine Bernstorf received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music
Education, and Doctor of Philosophy from Wichita State University. She
teaches Special Music Education, Elementary Music, and Teacher
Education. She is both an author and authority on Special Needs Children
and Children with Exceptionalities. She is also nationally recognized for her
work with the Organization of American Kodály Educators. She has
been giving back to Wichita State and the entire state of Kansas and beyond
for her entire professional life.
Since 2012, Elaine has represented Kansas nationally as an NAfME team
member for Children with Exceptionalities via the Southwestern Division.
Elaine's extensive expertise with the special learner on multiple regional and
national committees since 1982 made her the perfect go-to person to initiate
KMEA's Special Needs Chair position on the Advisory Board. She has also
benefited hundreds of music teachers across the Midwest with her vision of
Kodály training to develop audiation skills and a sequential foundation
for teaching music.
Lauren Hirsh, Past President of the Kodály Music Educators of
Kansas says, "When I reflect on the influence Dr. Elaine Bernstorf has had
directly and indirectly in our state, I am so thankful that she chose to make
Wichita her home. Her long-term commitment to our field and especially our
local community has created opportunities for organizations, individual
educators, and school-age musicians here to find their places in a diverse,
connected web of thriving arts. Her contribution to our state has been
Sarah Bonner says, "Dr. Bernstorf is an ambassador for music education.
She practices connecting cultures through music experiences by her
leadership in international education settings."
Graduate teaching assistant Audrey Thomas says, "Never before have I
experienced a professor quite like Dr. Bernstorf. She enthusiastically believes
that every student can learn with the right accommodations. Dr. Bernstorf
offers her students a lifetime of experience and knowledge in music
education, a world of opportunity, and care, compassion, and dedication that
inspire the future music educators of Kansas."