Practicum in Music Pedagogy

Offering a two-pronged approach that incorporates collaborative master classes and in-depth engagement with pedagogical literature to support early-career music educators in creating more dynamic teaching and learning settings for their students. 

Course content is also appropriate as a “check-in” for more experienced teachers.

Taught by Jody Kerchner, Professor of Music Education
June 6 - 9 and June 13 - 16, 2022
7:30-9 p.m.

Course Fee: $350
CEU: Documentation offered for two (2) Continuing Education Units*

Registration is now closed.


woman with a mid-length bob wearing an orange sweater and black shell
Jody Kerchner is director of the Division of Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement at Oberlin College and Conservatory.
Photo credit: Jennifer Manna


Very rarely do we have the opportunity to share a snapshot of our teaching with others in a safe, professional space, for the purpose of receiving feedback that informs our teaching strategies and presentational style. Sometimes we need an extra pair of eyes and ears.

In this synchronous virtual course, you will have the opportunity to submit a video recording of your teaching (any grade level, any teaching and learning setting) for a group of peers and experienced facilitator to observe, reflect on, and provide feedback that supports your teaching goals.

You will also read and discuss professional pedagogy literature, create literature lists for use in your classroom or studio, and think deeply about creating dynamic teaching and learning settings for you and your students to thrive musically.



Teaching Video Submission Deadline: Each participant is encouraged to submit a quality video recording of their teaching (classroom or studio) or conducting a rehearsal no later than May 15, 2022. Video recordings should not exceed 30 minutes in length.


Class Topics

June 6: 
Sharing the context of participants’ teaching situations

June 7:
Creating inclusive teaching-learning spaces

June 8: 
Supporting students’ social-emotional learning

June 9:
Incorporating composition and improvisation into the learning process

June 13:
Extending the studio: Moving beyond “traditional” lessons and using technology to enhance learning

June 14:
Incorporating music listening as an educational opportunity

June 15:
Sharing lists of pieces created by marginalized composers

June 16:
Developing teacher resilience, well-being, and professionalism


Participant Outcomes 

You will experience and use reflective thinking tools to inform and develop your personal teaching style.

You will read and discuss scholarly literature dealing with current trends in teaching.

You will compile a list, analyze, and design lesson strategies for musics composed by traditionally marginalized people in the Western musical traditions.

You will analyze video recordings of peer teachings, providing observations and feedback for teacher reflection and consideration.


*Oberlin Conservatory Global does not grant CEUs but does provide verification of course content, participant attendance and hours of engagement. Participants are responsible for conveying this information to their Local Professional Development Committee in a manner consistent with their local guidelines.