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BROCHURE: Professional Development

Visit John's website here.

Musical Instruments Higher Ed

Bash the Trash has been offering programs to Higher Education Institutions for over 20 years.  Co-founder John Bertles and other Bash the Trash ensemble members regularly teach master classes at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Lehman College among others.  

John Bertles is an educator, composer and instrument-builder. He has worked in arts education since 1988 as a teaching artist, administrator, professional developer and consultant. A workshop leader with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Touring Workshops for Teachers, he is also the founder of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts LLC, which presents performances, residencies and professional development nationwide. He is a former board member of the New York City Arts-in Education Roundtable; and was nominated for the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Best Orchestration for his work on the Tony-award winning “Once on This Island.

Visit John's website here.

Here are some possible programs:


  • Master Classes, Lecture/demos and Keynote addresses

  • Arts in Education as Career (or supplemental career)

  • Putting Business in your Art

  • Arts Integration

  • Arts and the Environment


  • Engaging the Modern Audience

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