2110 E. 55th St.
Tulsa, OK 74105
Music: Instrumental, Blues & Harmonica
Childhood, Adolescents, Youth at Risk, Adults and Older Adults
Schools: Elementary, Middle, High and Alternative Ed
Community Sites: Art Centers, Libraries, Senior Centers, Parks & Recreation Centers
Year round, Statewide
David Berntson is a Tulsa area educator and musician. Berntson has played blues harmonica for over 30 years, currently playing in a duo with guitarist Bob Parker. As a Prevention Educator and Drug/Alcohol Counselor, he has many opportunities to share his enthusiasm and passion for the Blues with young people. In partnership with state and local Arts organizations, Blues societies, and private funding, Berntson presents his unique "Blues in Schools" program at festivals, workshops, rehab centers, summer camps and schools, including alternative schools for at-risk students. In January, 2006, he was presented the "Keeping Blues Alive in Education" award by the National Blues Foundation in Memphis for his Blues education programs around the country. Berntson's gifts at connecting with people and his passion for Blues are apparent in every one of his presentations.
- Learn to play the major scale, a train boogiewoogie, and a blues riff on a 10 hole diatonic harmonica.
- Lean the history of Blues music.
- Participate in rhythmic clapping.
- Encourage ongoing musical development.
- Improve self control and listening skills.
- Have fun!