Music Education
Primary Contact:
Jody Kerchner

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanne Rosecrans

Division Email:

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

Jody Kerchner

Jody Kerchner

Director, Division of Music Education
Professor of Music Education

Associate Professor of Music Education

Associate Professor of Music Education Jody Kerchner helps Oberlin students learn how to teach many different kinds of pupils, in part because she believe that "every child is innately born a musician."

Contact Information


Kohl 330
(440) 775-8267

Jody Kerchner

Jody Kerchner

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science, West Chester Univ Pennsylvania, 1987
  • Master of Music, West Chester Univ Pennsylvania, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1996

Jody L. Kerchner is Professor of Music Education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she is the secondary-school music and choral music education specialist. She is founder and conductor of the Oberlin College Women’s Chorale.  Dr. Kerchner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (1987) and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance (1991) from West Chester University and a Ph.D. in Music Education (1996) from Northwestern University. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Dr. Kerchner taught K-8 general and choral music in Swarthmore, PA, and Winnetka, IL. Her research interests include children’s responses during music listening, choral music education, empathetic leadership, teacher identity development, assessment, and reflective thinking.  She is co-author and -editor of Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (2009) and Prelude to Music Education (2002) and has contributed chapters in several research and pedagogy texts and articles in professional journals. Kerchner is on the editorial board for the International Journal for Music Education: Practice journal. An active clinician, she has presented keynote addresses, research papers, and pedagogy workshops nationally and internationally at conferences in North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She is currently the chairperson of the Music in the Schools & Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) of the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Kerchner also frequently serves as guest choral conductor for elementary-, middle-, and high school honors choral festivals.