Erin Wehr is assistant professor of instrumental music education at The University of Iowa. She is returning to Iowa after having taught music education at The University of Missouri and Eastern Kentucky University. She received her doctoral degree in music education from The University of Iowa where she taught music education and conducting. Other academic experiences include a bachelor's degree from The University of Northern Iowa in trumpet performance with a minor in jazz studies, and a master's degree in music education from The University of North Texas where she was a teaching fellow in the band department.
Dr. Wehr directed elementary and secondary instrumental music in Iowa and Illinois public schools with extensive concert, jazz, and marching programs. She also has experience teaching general music, holds Orff certification, and has served as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for elementary and secondary music programs and drum and bugle corps.
Dr. Wehr also works with adult bands. Currently the director of the Iowa City New Horizons Band, she was the assistant director of the ICNH program from 2003-2007. In 2005 she started and directed the Linn Street Band (a beginning/intermediate band program for adults learning or relearning an instrument). These varied teaching settings drive her research in adult and multi-generational music learning, jazz studies, and self-efficacy issues in music education. She has presented research at state, regional, and national conferences, and is published in The Journal of Research in Music Education. She is formerly the research chair for the Iowa Music Educators Association.