David Berntson

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.