Music Education
Primary Contact:
Jody Kerchner

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanne Rosecrans

Division Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8297
Fax: (440) 775-6813

Joanne Erwin

Joanne Erwin

Professor of Music Education

Professor of Music Education

In Professor of Music Education Joanne Erwin’s conducting class, students learn what it's like to be "on the other side of the baton."

Contact Information


Robertson Hall 130
(440) 775-8208

Joanne Erwin

Joanne Erwin

Educational Background

  • 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.