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Dr. Melissa Berke

Coordinator of Music Education
Strauss PAC 214
phone: (402) 554-3609

Dr. Melissa Berke is the Coordinator of Music Education and is serving as an Administrative Faculty Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year. She has been a clinician at numerous national and regional conferences. Her current research interests include early childhood music education, music education for students with special needs, the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education, and the integration of music and the arts within the general curriculum.

Dr. Berke has taught elementary and middle school vocal/general music in Iowa, Arizona, and Nebraska. In addition to her public school teaching experience, she has taught music at the preschool level in various settings. Dr. Berke has served as President of the Society for General Music, President of the Great Plains Orff Chapter, and is a consultant for the Macmillan McGraw-Hill "Spotlight on Music" textbook series.

Each summer, Dr. Berke serves as the Director of the Nebraska Kodály Certification program that is held at UNO. She received both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Drake University, and her PhD from The University of Arizona.