Berger received a bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa from St. Olaf College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music from the University of Minnesota. Berger is especially interested in contemporary music methods, the child voice, and Garmston and Costa’s Cognitive Coaching. She studied Dalcroze eurhythmics under Robert Abramson of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. Berger was named Minnesota Classroom Music Educator of the Year in 1990 and taught in public schools for more than twenty years before joining the St. Olaf College faculty. She chairs the group of music education faculty for the State of Minnesota (MNSMTE),  is an active keyboard performer and music education presenter.