MME Symposium Presenters

Dr. Marian Dura - co-coordinator
Dr. Dura has over 30 years of experience in music education. She has taught strings and general music in grades preK-8, and a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her previous faculty appointments have included Clarion University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Texas Tech University, Illinois State University, and Northwestern University. She holds memberships in the College Music Society, MENC, ASTA/NSOA, and AOSA. Dr. Dura is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma (National Chapter and Delta Omicron Chapter).
Dr. Peter Webster - co-coordinator

Peter Webster is a Scholar-in-Residence in Music Education at the Thornton School (University of Southern California) with special expertise in music creative thinking, assessment, and music technology. He is an Emeritus Professor at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, where he was a music professor and administrator for 25 years prior to his work at USC.

Dr. Andrew Bishop

Andrew Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, clarinet, flute), composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in a wide array of musical idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He studied jazz and improvised music with David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Tom Fowler, Dave Liebman, Craig Owens, Ellen Rowe, Ed Sarath, and Reggie Workman; saxophone with Donald Sinta and Jean Lansing; and composition with William Albright, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Walter Mays. Bishop earned five degrees in music, including a DMA in music composition from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jody Kerchner
Jody L. Kerchner is 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. Dr. Kerchner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (1987) and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance (1991) from West Chester University and a Ph.D. in Music Education (1996) from Northwestern University. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Dr. Kerchner taught K-8 general and choral music in Swarthmore, PA, and Winnetka, IL. Her research interests include children’s responses during music listening, choral music education, empathetic leadership, teacher identity development, assessment, and reflective thinking. She is co-author and -editor of Musical Experience in Our Lives: Things We Learn and Meanings We Make (2009) and Prelude to Music Education (2002) and has contributed chapters in several research and pedagogy texts and articles in professional journals. Kerchner is on the editorial board for the International Journal for Music Education: Practice journal. 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. She is currently the chairperson of the Music in the Schools & Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) of the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Kerchner also frequently serves as guest choral conductor for elementary-, middle-, and high school honors choral festivals.

Dr. Michele Kaschub
Michele Kaschub serves as Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Teacher Education at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in music education philosophy, research and curriculum as well as PreK-12 choral/vocal methods and composition methods. Publications include articles in a variety of national and international journals and chapters in several books, while clinics, papers and workshops have been presented at multiple state, national, and international conferences. In 2007 she launched “Composing Together” – the first certificate of advanced study program in the United States focused on preparing teachers to lead composition in PreK-12 settings. In 2009 she coauthored Minds on Music: Composition for Creative and Critical Thinking (Rowman & Littlefield) with Janice Smith. The text presents both theory and guidelines to help PreK-12 teachers develop and deliver composition curriculum. Her most recent writing project, co-edited with Janice Smith, is Composing Our Future (Oxford 2012), a text for music teacher educators addressing the need for, and means for implementing, composition pedagogy in undergraduate and graduate music education programs. In addition to her work with music teacher education and composition, Michele also serves as the Artistic Director/Conductor for the Concert Choir of The Boy Singers of Maine and as Immediate Past-President of the Maine Music Educators Association.
Dr. Janice Smith
Dr. Smith’s research addresses the impact of teacher imposed structure on children’s musical compositions. Her work also focuses on the revision process in children’s compositions and the effect scaffolding can have on that process. Another area of research interest is the professional experiences of beginning music educators in urban settings.  Dr. Smith is on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York.