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Stress and Burnout Management

Dr. Christian Bernhard

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In this day and age, artists and arts administrators face a challenging climate of potential stressors. From political and media perspectives to interactions with colleagues, there exists a culture that can lead to stress and burnout. However, there are many out there who thrive in these environments, and enjoy fulfilling careers in their professions. In this session, Dr. Christian Bernhard, professor of Music Education at SUNY Fredonia, will present research, theory, and best practices about potential pitfalls as well as strategies for navigating these issues, both on a daily and long term basis. Topics addressed include sleep, physical movement, nutrition, happiness, gratitude, and mindfulness. Attendees will examine new techniques and classic reminders for healthy enjoyment of work and life.

During this session, attendees will:

  • Explore research-based approaches for navigating stress and burnout

  • Learn how to apply these methods to their own routines for a balanced lifestyle

H. Christian Bernhard II, Ph.D. is Professor of Music Education at The State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches undergraduate courses in instrumental music methods and conducting, as well as graduate courses in music education history, philosophy, psychology, assessment, and curriculum. He holds degrees in music performance and education from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and taught band and orchestra in the public schools of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Bernhard has presented at conferences including the National Association for Music Education, College Music Society, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and internationally at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, Liszt School of Music in Weimar, Germany, and Nordoff Robbins Center in London, UK. He authored a book through Routledge publications; Managing Stress in Music Education, co-edited a book through GIA publications; Musicianship: Improvising in Band and Orchestra, and served for ten years on the editorial boards of Journal of Music Teacher Education and Music Educators Journal. Dr. Bernhard's research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including College Music Symposium, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Band Research, and International Journal of Music Education.