• Professor of Music Education
  • Director, Division of Music Education


  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education, West Chester Univiversity, 1987
  • Master of Music, Vocal Performance, West Chester Univiversity, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Music Education, Northwestern University, 1996


Jody L. Kerchner specializes in secondary school music and choral music education. She is founder and conductor of the Oberlin College Women’s Chorale and Oberlin Music at Grafton, a prison choir at the Grafton Correctional Institution.

Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Kerchner taught K-8 general and choral music in Swarthmore, Pa., and Winnetka, Ill.

Research Interests

As a qualitative researcher and musician-educator, Kerchner focuses on school music students’ focus of attention, perception, and multisensory (verbal, visual, kinesthetic) responses during music listening; music teacher education; music teacher identity development; reflective teacher praxis; choral music education; empathetic leadership; and portfolio music assessment.

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.

Kerchner also frequently serves as guest choral conductor for elementary, middle, and high school honors choral festivals.


  • Kerchner, J. & Strand, K. (2016). (Eds.). Musicianship: Composing in Choir. Chicago: GIA Publications.
  • Kerchner, J. (2014). Music Across the Senses: Listening, Learning, Making Meaning. NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Kerchner, J. (2009). Music Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn, Meanings We Make. Landham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Erwin, J., Edwards, K., Kerchner, J., Knight, J. (2002). Prelude to Music Education. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Chapters in Books

Kerchner, J. (2014). Music listening vistas, visions, and vim (chpt. 4). In J. Barrett & P. Webster, Eds., The Musical Experience: Rethinking Music Teaching and Learning. NY: Oxford University Press. (refereed)

Kerchner, J. (2013). Razing structure and raising creative teaching and learning in higher music education programmes (chpt. 24). In P. Burnard (Ed.), Developing Creativities in Higher Education: International Perspectives and Practices. Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. (refereed)

Kerchner, J. & Abril, C. (2012). Music teacher education: Crossing generational borders (chpt. 18). In G. McPherson & G. Welch, Eds., The Oxford Handbook of Music Education (vol. 2). London: Oxford University Press. (refereed)

Abril, C. & Kerchner, J. (2009). Musical experience in our lives (chpt.1). In J. Kerchner & C. Abril, Eds., Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (chpt.1). Landham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (refereed)

Kerchner, J. (2009). Drawing middle-schoolers’ attention to music. In J. Kerchner & C. Abril, Eds., Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (chpt. 11). Landham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Kerchner, J. (2006). Growing into the music educator identity. In M. Moore & B. Leung, Eds., School Music and Teacher Education: A Global Perspective in the New Century (chpt.1). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education & International Society for Music Education. (refereed)

Kerchner, J. (2006). Tools for developing reflective skills (chpt. 11). In P. Burnard & S. Hennessy, (Eds.). Reflective Practice in Arts Education. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. (refereed)

Kerchner, J. (2005). A world to know and feel: Exploring children’s verbal, visual, and kinesthetic responses to music. In M. Mans & B. Leung, Eds. Music in Schools for All Children: From Research to Effective Practice. Proceedings of the 14th International Seminar of the Music in the Schools and Teacher Education Commission. Granada, Spain: University of Granada. (refereed)

Kerchner, J. (2004). Portfolio assessment in music education methods courses: Experiencing, modeling, teaching, assessing. In P. Shand, Ed., Music Education Entering the 21st Century. Nedlands, Western Australia: International Society for Music Education.

Kerchner, J. (2003). Stepping off of the podium: Leveling the playing (and singing) field. In S. Leong, Ed., Musicianship for the 21st Century (chpt. 11). Sydney, Australia: Australian Music Centre. (ref.)

  • Ballantyne, J., Kerchner, J., & Arostegui, J. (2012). Developing music teacher identities: A cross-cultural study. International Journal for Music Education, 30(3), 211-226.
  • Kerchner, J. (2010). Mapping informance as general music performance. General Music Today, 23(3), 15-19.
  • Kerchner, J. (2006). Collegiate metamorphosis: Tracking the transformation from female music education student to teacher. Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, 169, 7-24.
  • Kerchner, J. (2004). Singing visions: Metaphors for teaching students with visual impairments. Choral Journal, 45(5), 26-36.
  • Kerchner, J. (2002). Keeping the artistry: Modeling the professional life. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 11(2), 14-21.
  • Kerchner, J. (2001). Children's verbal, visual, and kinesthetic responses: Insight into their music listening experience. Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, 146, 31-50.
  • Kerchner, J. (2001). Incorporating the National Standards into a band rehearsal. Teaching Music, 9(1), 40-44.
  • Kerchner, J. (1998). A model for educational partnerships. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 8(1), 7-14.
  • Kjelland, J. & Kerchner, J. (Eds.). (1998).The effect of music performance on music listening. Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, 1-55.
  • Kerchner, J. (Spring 1997). Portfolio assessment: Tracking development, Journal of Music Teacher Education, 6(2), 19-22.

Professional Affiliations

Kerchner is on the editorial board for the International Journal for Music Education: Practice Journal. She is currently the chair of the Music in the Schools & Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) of the International Society for Music Education (ISME).