- Bachelor of Science, University Illinois Urbana, 1974
- Master of Science, University Illinois Urbana, 1977
- Doctor of Philosophy, University North Texas, 1992
Joanne Erwin is Professor of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory. Her Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education are from University of Illinois (highest honors) and her Ph.D is in string pedagogy from University of North Texas.
At Oberlin, in addition to teaching conducting, string pedagogy and string techniques, she is founder and director of the String Preparatory Program and Artistic Director and Conductor for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras. She is principal cellist for the College Community Strings group. Prior to coming to Oberlin, Dr. Erwin taught strings in grades 4-12 in Texas and Illinois. She has served on the faculties of summer Suzuki institutes since 1982 and is an active guest conductor for honor orchestras in several states and foreign countries including Panama, Great Britain and Singapore.
Dr. Erwin has presented at national ASTA conferences, Music Educators conventions and is published in American String Teacher Journal, Suzuki Journal, Teaching Music and has co-authored the text Prelude to Music Education and the string method New Directions for Strings and A Scale in Time.