|Crossroads Learning Experience is the culmination of the talents
and passions of David Berntson, Tulsa musician and educator.
He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug counselor and a Certified
Prevention specialist, teaching Prevention Education classes,
counseling at adolescent treatment centers, facilitating Aftercare
Groups for chemical dependency units, coordinating after-school
groups for teens and elementary school children, and providing
substance abuse training to Child Welfare and Social Workers for
the state of Oklahoma.
David is also an accomplished Blues musician and blends his
passion for teaching with his passion for blues through his unique
"Blues in the Schools" program. Blending blues music with
character education, he presents his curriculum to diverse groups
ranging in age from Kindergarten-12th grade and from traditional
classrooms to teenagers who are incarcerated at L.E. Rader Center,
Oklahoma’s maximum security juvenile detention facility. He has
presented programs across the USA and Europe and has been the
keynote speaker for the Oklahoma Teen Conference and a
presenter at the National Prevention Symposium, always using the
harmonica as a means of connecting with the participants.
Berntson is a master of Chicago, Mississippi Delta style and jump
blues. For over 20 years, he has also taught blues harmonica
classes through adult continuing education and presented to groups
looking for activity that is both entertaining, stimulating and fun! As an
endorsee for Hohner harmonicas, Berntson is able to provide
harmonicas for his programs.
He and slide guitarist Bob Parker, known as the Duo-Sonics,
regularly perform in the Tulsa area. Berntson has played with
several Tulsa area bands, including the Tulsa Blues Club House
Band, the Hydramatics, and Blue Combo.
David's gifts at connecting with people, especially children, and his
passion for blues and empowering young people are apparent in
every one of his presentations.
|A Unique Blending of Music and Education
|"David Berntson is a gifted, inspirational and
powerful speaker/trainer/teacher with the
special ability to connect with young people.
He exemplifies the virtues of honor, courage
and commitment and serves as a strong,
positive and motivational role model for
Gregg Conway, CEO,
Tulsa Boys Home