Music Education
Primary Contact:
Jody Kerchner

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanne Rosecrans

Division Email:

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

John Knight

John Knight

Professor of Music Education

John Knight, Professor of Music Education

Professor of Music Education John Knight draws inspiration from a wide range of writers, thinkers, and musicians. Teaching music is its own art, he concludes—distinct from performing, but equally challenging and rewarding.

Contact Information


Central 5C
(440) 775-8270

John Knight

John Knight

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music Education, University Central Arkansas, 1969
  • Master of Music, Louisiana State University, 1973
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 1979


Winds/Conducting/Instrumental Music Education Specialist

Instructor:  APST 274, APST 275, APST 276, APST 277, APST 305, APST 274, MUED 304, MUED 101 (with other Music Education faculty)

Founder and Conductor of the Oberlin College Community Winds


Professor of Music Education and Conducting, Oberlin College, 1978 – present

Visiting Professor of Conducting: Birmingham Conservatory of Music, England, January 1991-92; Salford College of Technology, Manchester, England, January 1987, 1991-92

Head, Department of Music: Cassville R-4 Schools, Missouri, 1969-77


  • Conductor, Oberlin College Community Winds, 1978 – present
  • Guest Conductor, Avon Lake Wind Ensemble – 2006
  • Guest Conductor, Oberlin Wind Ensemble – 2006
  • Guest Conductor, Cleveland State University Wind Ensemble – 2006
  • Presentation, Interpretations of March, Oberlin – 2006
  • Guest Conductor, Connecticut All-State band – 2000
  • Presentation:  "The Art of Conducting" Connecticut MENC Convention
  • Guest Conductor, Oregon All State Band -- 2000
  • Presentation:  "Preparing Bands for a Musical Performance," Oregon MENC Conference
  • Guest Conductor, High School Band Festival of Twenty Bands – 2000
  • Cleveland State University
  • Guest Conductor, Elkhart Indiana High School Orchestra and Wind Ensemble – 2000
  • Guest Conductor, Elkhart Indiana High School Orchestra and Wind Ensemble – 1999
  • Lorain Community College, Workshop, "Intonation and Interpretation"
  • Guest Conductor, Four Honor Bands, Kansas City, Missouri – 1999
  • Guest Conductor All County Symphonic Band, Long Island, New York – 1999
  • Guest Conductor, Shaker Heights Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band – 1997
  • Guest Conductor, Elyria High School Wind Ensemble, Oberlin Concert Band,
  •    Wellington High School Band, Clearview Concert Band – 1997
  • Guest Conductor, Cleveland State University High School Band Festival – 1997
  • North Central Association Evaluation Team – 1997
  • Report given to OMEA, Toledo, Ohio – 1997
  • Guest Conductor, Berea High School Symphonic Winds – 1996
  • Ohio Music Education Association Conference – 1996
  • Guest Conductor, Elkhart Central Symphony Orchestra & Elkhart Central Wind Ensemble – 1996
  • Presentation:  "Techniques to Keeping a Rehearsal Alive,"  Oberlin Music Education Reunion –1996
  • Guest Conductor, Frederick County Maryland, Honor Band – 1995
  • Guest Conductor, Edgewood, Ohio Wind Ensemble, Berea, Ohio, Wind Ensemble, Brookside, Ohio Band – 1995
  • Presentation:  "Creative Conducting Techniques," OMEA District IV – 1995
  • Preparing Ensembles, OMEA – 1995


Guest Conductor:

  • Birmingham Conservatory Orchestra
  • Birmingham Conservatory Wind Band
  • Salford College Wind Band
  • Adamson Professional Wind Band, Manchester, England


  • National Wind Band Festival, Cheshire, England


  • Master Classes in Conducting, Birmingham Conservatory, Salford College
  • European Council of International Schools, The Hague, 1985


  • "Preparing Bands for Contests," "Creative Conducting Techniques," "Arranging for American Wind Band," Birmingham Conservatory 1991
  • "Interpretation of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments," "Wind Music of Vincent Persichetti," "American Conductor Looks at Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst," "Music of Francis McBeth and Vaclav Nelhybel for Wind Band," "Interpretation of Paul Hindemith’s ‘Symphony in B-flat’,", Salford College of Technology 1987, 1991
  • "Competencies for Teachers and Performers" and "Creative Conducting Techniques"
  • European Council of International Schools Conference, The Hague 1985
  • "Instrumental Music teaching in the United States," Staatliche Hochschule, Freiburg, Germany, 1985
  • "Modified Instrumental Pedagogy for the Physically Handicapped,"  Koblenz Conservatory, Germany, 1985
  • "Music Education in America, " Gutenberg Universitat, Mainz, Germany, 1985




Legacy of the Maestros, 2006, Meredith Publications

The Creative Wind Conductor, 2006, Meredith Publications

Articles in The Instrumentalist:

Evaluating Conductors from the Trombone Section: An Interview with James DeSano; 59:5 December 2004

Tom Dvorak Leads Groups from College Ensembles to Middle School Winds; 59:2 September 2004

Reviews: Mahler Symphony No. 3; 59:1 August 2004

Reviews: Simon Rattle: From Birmingham to Berlin, by Nicholas Kenyon; 58:11 June 2004

Reviews: Pierre Monteux Maître, by John Canarina; 58:11 June 2004

Reviews: Drama and the World of Richard Wagner, by Dieter Borchmeyer, 58:11 June 2004

The Mahler Fifth Symphony Became Georg Solti's Trademark; 58:5 December 2003

Notes from Northfield: Tea Time in London; 58:3 October 2003

From Vaughn WIlliams to Elgar with Conductor Richard Hickox; 58:3 October 2003

Evaluating Conductors from the Orchestra: An Interview with Michel Debost; 57:10 May 2003

Review: Mahler and His World, edited by Karen Painter; 57:6 January 2003

The Enduring Value of Great Masterpieces; 57:6 January 2003

The Haunting Beauty of Tchaikovsky in the Hands of Herbert von Karajan; 56:12 July 2002

Notes from Northfield: Music of the Heart; 56:11

Review: Boston Symphony Orchestra; 56:8 March 2002

Starting the Journey; 56:7 February 2002

The Perils of Overconducting; 56:7 February 2002

Review: Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique; 56:5 December 2001

Conducting Clinic: The Genius of Willem Mengelberg in a Classic Strauss Recording; 56:4 NOvember 2001

Teaching Wisdom; 56:2 September 2001

Copland's Outdoor Overture: One Piece for Two Ensembles; 56:1 August 2001

A Gathering of Composer's for Middle School Bands; 55:12 July 2001

My Second Chance; 55:11 June 2001

Notes from Northfield: Clear Vision; 55:8 March 2001