Joanne Erwin is professor of music education at the Conservatory of Music. Her bachelor's and master’s degrees in music education are from the University of Illinois (highest honors). She earned a Doctorate in String Pedagogy at the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching conducting, string pedagogy, and string techniques at Oberlin, she is founder and director of the String Preparatory Program and artistic director and conductor for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. She is principal cellist for the College Community Strings. Prior to coming to Oberlin, Professor Erwin taught strings in grades 4-12 in Texas and Illinois.
Jody Kerchner is the division director and 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. Professor Kerchner received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education (1987) and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance (1991) at West Chester University and a Doctorate in Music Education (1996) at Northwestern University.
Peggy Bennett is professor of music education at Oberlin. Prior to joining the Oberlin faculty in 2001, Professor Bennett was professor of music and director of music education at Texas Christian University, professor of music and director of music education at the University of Texas at Arlington, teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, and associate faculty at Indiana-Purdue University-Ft. Wayne. Professor Bennett has always been committed to maintaining her work with children as she prepares teachers to teach children music.
Pam Radke is the field experience coordinator for the Music Education Division in the conservatory. She facilitates the process of student teacher placement, observes and evaluates students who will eventually become music educators, and observes and recommends future cooperating teachers. Radke received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (with honors) at Kent State University. Prior to coming to Oberlin, Radke taught K-12 vocal and instrumental music for more than 27 years and was supervisor of fine arts for Lorain City School District.
David Eddleman is teaching Instrumental Methods I and II during fall semester. To gain experience in a public school classroom, his students will travel to Avon Lake High School, where he is beginning his eighth year as director of bands. He earned a Bachelor of Music at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and a Master of Education Administration at Ashland University.