Joanne Erwin

Joanne Erwin, Professor Emerita of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory, earned her Bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and Master’s degree in Music Education at University of Illinois. She had the pleasure of working in the Rolland String Project upon completion of his String Pedagogy course. In addition she attended summer ASTA workshops in Europe with Rolland and Fischbach and Young. After teaching strings in public schools in Illinois and Texas she went on to earn her Ph.D. in String Pedagogy at University of North Texas. She has performed as a cellist in the Fort Worth Symphony and has directed youth orchestras in Texas and in Ohio. She has maintained a private cello studio throughout her career in traditional and Suzuki approaches. At Oberlin she taught String Methods, Conducting and String Pedagogy with an outreach project patterned after Rolland’s. She has presented at conferences and conducted festival orchestras both nationally and internationally. She is a co-author for New Directions for Strings, A Scale in Time, Strings Premiere, Prelude to Music Education and written other articles for American String Teacher and Teaching Music.