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Elissa JohnsonGreen

Elissa Johnson-Green
Elissa Ann Johnson-Green, Ed.D. Assistant Professor

Expertise

Music's function in human development from the perspective of music education

Research Interests

The EcoSonic Playground Project; The Lowell String Project; Immersive music education using music+STEM+Design (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to teach children music composition; The transitional properties of music across home, school, and community.

Projects

  • The EcoSonic Playground Project
  • Children's Music Composition Laboratory
  • The Lowell String Project
  • Studying how music functions in families raising young children

Education

  • EDD: Music and Music Education, (2012), Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, NY
    Supporting Area: Childhood Development and Parenting
    Dissertation/Thesis Title:Ordinary magic: The musical foundations of transition in family life
  • M.Ed.: Music Education, (2003), Teachers College, Columbia University - New York, NY
    Supporting Area: Childhood Development
    Dissertation/Thesis Title:"One more thing": Parents reflect on musical parenting of infants
  • M.M.: Baroque Flute Performance, (1994), Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Oberlin, OH
    Supporting Area: Musicology
    Dissertation/Thesis Title:Lecture recital on the "gigue" dance form in historical performance
  • B.A.: Flute Performance, (1992), The Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
    Supporting Area: Voice performance
  • Performance Certificate: Flute Performance, (1988), The Juilliard School of Music - New York, NY
    Supporting Area: Choral Performance

Biosketch

Elissa Johnson-Green is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Program in Music Education at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a scholar of music and its function in human development. She explores and analyzes children's musical interactions from social, emotional, and cognitive perspectives through the following research: The EcoSonic Playground Project, a music-focused, STEM+Design+sustainability program for children in underserved communities; children's composition in the music classroom; the ecology of community music ensembles; and music's function in families raising young children. She has received several grants and fellowships for her work on the EcoSonic Playground Project, which has been implemented with diverse groups of children in the US, Canada, and Ireland. In addition, she has presented her work at national and international conferences and has published on all her areas of interest.

Selected Awards and Honors

2018-2020

  • The Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Klarman Foundation; Music Educators and Teaching Artists Fellowship. Nominated for the EcoSonic Playground Project

2017

  • UML Music Department Excellence in Teaching Award<

2016

  • National and International Partnerships in Sustainability Workshop

Selected Publications

  • Johnson-Green, E. (Accepted). Keep singing out: Families' use of popular music in parenting for resilience. Journal of Popular Music Education.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (In process). Synthesis and embodiment: The Lowell String Project as complex musical ecosystem. In J. Southcott & L. d. Bruin (Eds.), Community music: Musical ecologies in action. Routledge.
  • Johnson-Green, E. A. (In press). iAssess: Using mobile technology for student self-assessment in a k-5 music composition curriculum. In Greher, G. R. and Burton, S. L. (Eds.), Creative Music Making at Your Fingertips! A Mobile Technology Guide for Music Educators. Oxford University Press.
  • Custodero, L. A. & Johnson-Green, E. A. (2020). Caregiving in counterpoint: Reciprocal influences in the musical parenting of younger and older infants. In, W. Gruhn & W. Brodsky (Eds.), Music in the Lives of Young Children: An Annotated Anthology of Research Papers from Early Child Development and Care (pp. 33-58). Routledge.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2020). The child as musical affector: Sound perception and manipulation as artistic process in primary school music education. In Walzer, D. A. and Lopez, M. J. (Eds.), Audio Education: Theory, Culture, and Practice (pp. 17-44). Routledge.
  • Johnson-Green, E., Lee, C. & Flannery, M. (2020). A musical perspective on STEM: Evaluating the EcoSonic Playground Project from a co-equal STEAM integration standpoint. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 21(14), 1-52.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2020). Music composition as immersive learning in K-5 music education: Results of a 4-year study. Visions of Research in Music Education, 35(Special conference issue), 1-41.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2018). Musical architects: Immersive learning through design thinking in a kindergarten music composition curriculum. Visions of Research in Music Education, 31, 1-38.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2018). From not knowing to understanding: An exploration of effective teaching in a music educator preparation program. Massachusetts Music Educators Journal, 66(3), 17-18.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2017). The EcoSonic Playground: Project description and development. The 8th Conference of the European Network of Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children, 186-194.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2016). STEAM: Where A is for composition. Massachusetts Music Educators Journal, 64(4), 27-29.
  • Johnson-Green, E. A. (2013). Beyond Bebop: Iconic composition as music curriculum. In Educating the Creative Mind Conference Report. Kean University: Union, NJ.
  • Johnson-Green, E. A. (2012). Musical transitions: Parenting practices through change. In International Society for Music Education, Early Childhood Music Education Conference Proceedings. Corfu, Greece.
  • Custodero, L. A., & Johnson-Green, E. A. (2006). Caregiving in counterpoint: Reciprocal influences in the musical parenting of younger and older infants. Early Child Development and Care, 176(1), 1-25.
  • Custodero, L. A., & Johnson-Green, E. A. (2003). Passing the cultural torch: Musical experience and musical parenting of infants. Journal of Research in Music Education, 51(2), 102-114.

Selected Presentations

  • Johnson-Green, E. (August 2020). The EcoSonic Playground Project: Impact of an open-access, community outreach, music education program. Paper accepted for the International Society of Music Education: Visions of Equity and Diversity. Helsinki, Finland. (Conference online due to COVID-19).
  • Cali, C., Sole, M., & Johnson-Green, E. (August 2020). Observing children's spontaneous music making: Current developments and impact on research and teaching. Symposium accepted for the International Society of Music Education: Visions of Equity and Diversity. Helsinki, Finland. (Conference online due to COVID-19).
  • Johnson-Green, E. (July 2020). Composing for inclusion: Immersive music education in a kindergarten general music classroom. Poster accepted for the Early Childhood Music Education Commission, International Society of Music Education: Visions of Equity and Diversity. Helsinki, Finland. (Conference online due to COVID-19).
  • Johnson-Green, E. & Rosales, R. (April 2020). The EcoSonic Playground Project: STEAM education for children with ASD. Paper accepted for the ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone. Boston, MA. (Conference postponed due to COVID-19).
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2020). Building Immersive Musical Experiences through the EcoSonic Playground Project. Workshop presented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, All State Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (October 2019). Music at the Center: Creating Meaningful and Relevant Music Education through STEAM Immersion Learning. Paper presented at the Association of Technology in Music Instruction: The College Music Society, National Conference. Louisville, KY.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (May 2019). Children's musical development in a composition-focused, STEAM- integrated immersion learning environment: Results from a four-year study. Paper presented at the Visions of Research in Music Education, the Conference. Princeton, NJ.
  • Johnson-Green, E. & Lee, C. (May 2019). The EcoSonic Playground: Social action through music education, sustainability, and STEAM immersive learning. Paper presented at the Visions of Research in Music Education, the Conference. Princeton, NJ.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2019). Music at the foundation of being human: Studying children's development in and through music. Talk given at University of Massachusetts Lowell River Talks Symposium. Lowell, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (October 2018). iAssess: iPads as a tool for self-assessment in a K-5 music composition curriculum. Paper presented at the Association of Technology in Music Instruction: The College Music Society, National Conference. Vancouver, Canada.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2018). "I went from not knowing to understanding:" Effective teaching in a music educator preparation program? Paper presented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, All State Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2018). The EcoSonic Playground: An immersive, music focused, STEAM integrated, environmentally conscious, inquiry-based community project - development and research. Paper presented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, All State Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2018). The EcoSonic Playground Project: Where music education meets sustainability and STEAM. Talk given at University of Massachusetts Lowell River Talks Symposium. Lowell, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (October 2017). The EcoSonic Playground: STEAM integration through musical instrument design. Paper presented at the Association for Technology in Music Teaching, College Music Society national conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (July 2017). Structure and play: Teaching engineering through music composition. Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association, STEM Symposium. Orlando, FL.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (June 2017). The EcoSonic Playground: Project description and development. Paper presented at the Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC) Conference. Cambridge University, England.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2017). The EcoSonic Playground. Paper presented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, All State Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (July 2016). Patterns and play: Teaching kindergarteners music composition through musical-mathematical design. Paper presented at the International Society for Music Education. Edinburg, Scotland.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (July 2016). It's Greek to me: Subject integrated, project-based education in a fifth-grade music classroom. Poster presented at the International Society for Music Education. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (June 2016). Engaging hearts and minds: Collaborative composition as teaching, learning, and performing technique in a children's choral program. Webinar given for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), In-service Conference.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2016). STEAM: Where A is for composition. Paper presented at the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, All State Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (March 2016). The Musical Playground. Talk given and poster presented at the UMass Lowell Faculty Research Symposium. Lowell, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (February 2016). The Musical Playground (Pilot 1). Talk given at University of Massachusetts Lowell River Talks Symposium. Lowell, MA.
  • Johnson-Green, E. (July 2015). This is your brain on music: The emotional/social/cognitive outcomes of musical participation from prenatal to kindergarten. Paper presented at the National Association for the Education of young Children: The Power of The Profession, Orlando, FL.

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Johnson-Green, E. & Beatrice, A. (2018). Juried competition. The EcoSonic Playground Project sound sculpture installation at a public-school bus stop at the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Westville Street, Dorchester, MA. The Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Play Around the City initiative.

Director of Research and Executive Producer, "We've got the world on a string"
Documentary film on the Lowell String Project
Community premiere at the Luna Theater, Lowell, MA, April 2017

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grants:

2020-2021
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Grant: $5000.00

2019-2020
International Society for Music Education Research Grant
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Grant: $6000.00

2018
Boston Mayor's Office Urban Planning Commission: Play Around the City Community installation of the EcoSonic Playground Project in Dorchester, MA
Juried Selection
Grant: $2000.00

2018
UML 2020 Community Impact Grant
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell
Grant: $2000.00

2017-2018
University of Massachusetts Sustainability Grant
In support of the EcoSonic Playground project international partnership with Michael Flannery of the Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Grant: $8500.00

2017
The Thelonious Monk Foundation
Support to develop a website for the EcoSonic Playground Project
Gena Greher, PI
Grant: $1500.00

2016
University of Massachusetts Lowell Internal Seed Grant
Supporting funds for The Lowell String Project Documentary
Grant: $5000.00

2016
Lowell Cultural Council Grant
Supporting funds for The Lowell String Project Documentary
Grant: $1500.00

2015-2016
University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor's 2020 Challenge Grant
Start-up grant for The Musical Playground project
Grant: $1000.00

Fellowships:

2016-2018; 2019-2021
Emerging Scholars Program
UML Sociology Department, Center for Women and Work
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Undergraduate research assistantships totalling: $10,500.00

Summer 2020
Immersive Scholars Program
UML Provost's Office of Signature Programs and Experiential Learning
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Undergraduate research assistantship: $4000.00

Spring 2020
FAHSS Student Assistantship Program
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Undergraduate research assistantship: $1530.00

2019-2020
Honors College Fellowship
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Undergraduate research assistantship: $1200.00

2017-2019
Community Engaged Scholars Program
Interdisciplinary, research development peer cohort
The EcoSonic Playground Project: 2018-2019
We've got the world on a string documentary film: 2017-2018
Grants totaling: $2000.00

2016
Service-Learning Integrated throughout the College of Engineering (SLICE) Co-op Fellowship
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Undergraduate research assistantship: $2500.00

2015
University of Massachusetts Lowell FAHSS Honors College Fellowship
In support of the EcoSonic Playground Project
Undergraduate research assistantship: $1000.00

Research Currently in Progress

Inventor, Project Lead, and Lead Investigator: The EcoSonic Playground Project (ESPP)

The ESPP focuses on working with children of all ages to design, build, and play large-scale, multi-player musical instrument structures made from reusable materials. It incorporates musical exploration, engineering, science, math, design thinking, and open creativity into an immersion learning curriculum. The ESPP is open access; materials and teaching are provided at no cost to project partners. To date, I have implemented the ESPP with twelve schools in the US, Canada, and Ireland and I am in the process of implementing three programs in Lowell, one in Seattle, WA, and one in Croatia. Research on the ESPP focuses on its impact on its participant students and communities.

Lead Investigator:
Children's Composition Laboratory
Immersion learning in the composition-focused music classroom; a 4-year longitudinal study of children's musical development and thinking, with participants ages 5-10 years.

Lead Investigator:
The Lowell String Project (LSP). Study in process on the LSP as an ecological entity, with far-reaching impact on its participants and community.