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Elissa JohnsonGreen


Elissa Johnson-Green
Professor Elissa Ann Johnson-GreenAssistant Professor in Music

Research Interests

The EcoSonic Playground Project: PlaySpace and PlayPark; The Lowell String Project; Immersive music education using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) skills to teach children music composition; The transitional properties of music across home, school, and community; Music teacher education.

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
  • Other: 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
  • Other: 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
  • Other: Flute performance, (1992), The Peabody Institute of Music of the Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD
    Supporting Area: Voice performance
  • Other: Flute Performance, (1988), The Juilliard School of Music - New York, NY
    Supporting Area: Choral Performance

Biography

Elissa Johnson-Green is an Assistant Professor of Music and Music Education. In her earlier life, she was a professional flutist and later became a teacher in K-8 music education. She received both a professional master's degree and doctorate in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Music Educators and Teaching Artists Fellowship (2018), Teaching - Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Klarman Foundation
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2017), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Music

Selected Publications

  • Johnson-Green, E.A. (). iAssess: iPads as a tool for self-assessment in a K-5 music composition curriculum. Oxford University Press
  • Johnson-Green, E.A., Lee, C., Flannery, M. (Marino Institute of Education, Trinity College, University of Dubin) (). A musical perspective on STEM: Evaluating the EcoSonic Playground Project from a co-equal STEAM integration standpoint. International Journal of Education and the Arts.
  • Johnson-Green, E.A. (2018). Musical architects: Immersive learning through design thinking in a kindergarten music composition curriculum. (31).
  • Johnson-Green, E.A. (). From a child’s point of view: Sound perception and manipulation as artistic process in general music education. Informa UK Limited
  • Johnson-Green, E.A. (2017). The EcoSonic Playground: Project description and development (pp. 186-194). Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children
  • Johnson-Green, E. (2016). STEAM: Where A is for composition (64:4 pp. 27-29). Massachusetts Music Educators Journal
  • Custodero, L.A., Johnson-Green, E.A. (2008). Caregiving in counterpoint: Reciprocal influences in the musical parenting of younger and older infants. Early Child Development and Care, 178(7) 15-39.
  • Custodero, L.A. (Teachers College, Columbia University), 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

  • The ecosonic playground: social action through music education, sustainability, and steam immersive learning - Sustainable Sounds: Interrogating the Materials of Music Making Technologies, May 2019 - Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Children’s musical development in a composition-focused, STEAM-integrated immersion learning environment: Results from a four-year study - Visions of Research in Music Education, The Conference, May 2019 - Princeton, NJ
  • The ecosonic playground project: Social action through music education, sustainability, and STEAM immersive learning - Visions of Research in Music Education, The Conference, May 2019 - Princeton, NJ
  • iAssess: iPads as a tool for self-assessment in a K-5 music composition curriculum - Association of Technology in Music Instruction, November 2018 - Vancouver, Canada
  • I went from not knowing to understanding: Effective teaching in a music educator preparation program? - Massachusetts Music Educators Association, March 2018 - Boston, MA
  • The EcoSonic Playground: An immersive, music focused, STEAM integrated, environmentally conscious, inquiry-based community project – development and research - Massachusetts Music Educators Association, March 2018 - Boston, MA
  • The EcoSonic Playground: STEAM integration through musical instrument design - Association for Technology in Music Teaching, November 2017 - San Antonio, TX
  • Structure and play: Teaching engineering through music composition - National Science Teachers Association, STEM Symposium, October 2017 - Orlando, FL
  • The EcoSonic Playground: Project description and development - Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children, June 2017 - Cambridge, England
  • The EcoSonic Playground - Massachusetts Music Educators Association, March 2017 - Boston, MA
  • Engaging hearts and minds: Collaborative composition as teaching, learning, and performing technique in a children’s choral program - The National Association for Music Education, September 2016 - Webinar
  • It’s Greek to me: Subject integrated, project-based education in a fifth-grade music classroom - The International Society for Music Education, July 2016 - Glasgow, Scotland
  • Patterns and play: Teaching kindergarteners music composition through musical-mathematical design - The International Society for Music Education, July 2016 - Glasgow, Scotland
  • STEAM: Where A is for composition - Massachusetts Music Educators Association, March 2016 - Boston, MA
  • This is your brain on music: The emotional/social/cognitive outcomes of musical participation from prenatal to kindergarten - National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Power of The Profession, October 2015 - Orlando, FL

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • The EcoSonic Playground Project Non-Academic - Local, Other (Boston City Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics) - Boston, MA USA
    In collaboration with Anthony Beatrice, Interim Executive Director of Arts Education for Boston Public Schools, I designed, built, and installed two EcoSonic Playground Project structures at the Geneva Ave./Westville St. public school bus stop in Dorchester. In attendance opening day: Mayor Martin Walsh, Laura Perille, Interim Superintendent of BPS; Jessica Tang, President, Boston Teachers Union; and Melissa Higgins, Senior Director, STEAM at Boston Children’s Museum. Juried selection.
  • We've Got the World on a String Non-Academic - Local, Other (UMass Lowell Seed Grants and the Lowell Cultural Council) - Lowell, MA USA
    I was the Director of Research for the film. It was premiered at the Luna Theater in Lowell on April 6, 2017. This showing was free to the public.

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2018), Fellowship - Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Klarman Foundation
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2019), Grant - International Society for Music Education Research Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2018), Grant - Community Engaged Scholars Program
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2018), Grant - Boston Mayor’s Office Urban Planning Commission: Play Around the City
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Beatrice, A. (Supporting)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2018), Grant - UML Chancellor’s 2020 Community Impact Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2017), Grant - Center for Women and Work, Emerging Scholars Program
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • We've got the world on a string," Documentary Film (2016), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Internal Seed Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2017), Grant - University of Massachusetts Sustainability Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal), Flannery, M. (Co-Investigator)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2017), Grant - The Thelonious Monk Foundation
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2017), Grant - Community Engaged Scholars Program
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • "We've got the world on a string," Documentary Film (2017), Grant - Lowell Cultural Council
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2016), Grant - Center for Women and Work, Emerging Scholars Program
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2016), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell Chancellor’s 2020 Challenge Grant
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal), Lee, C. (Co-Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2016), Fellowship - Service-Learning Integrated throughout the College of Engineering (SLICE)
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)
  • The EcoSonic Playground Project (2015), Fellowship - Honors FAHSS Research and Creative Fellowship
    Johnson-Green, E.A. (Principal)