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Gena Greher

Gena Greher
Gena R. GreherProfessor; Coordinator of Music Education
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentMusic Department
  • Phone(978) 934-3893
  • EmailGena_Greher@uml.edu

Research Interests

Technology in Music Education, School University Partnerships, Interdisciplinary Studies in Computing and Music, Music Technology and students with ASD, Popular Culture in the Classroom

Recent projects include: a music mentor/partnership with UML music education students and a local K-8 school as well as the local High School; Soundscapes, a technology infused music intervention program for teenagers with autism spectrum disorders; Performamatics, NSF TUES and CPATH grants linking computer science to the arts; and a Healy grant for the investigation of iPads in the music class.

Education

  • Ph D: music and music education, (2002), Columbia University
  • MS: music and music education, (1999), Columbia University
  • MA: music and music education, (1998), Columbia University
  • MS, (1976), Boston University
  • BA: violin performance, (1974), Queens College, CUNY - new york, ny

Awards and Honors

  • Winner of CLIO awards
  • Nancy Donahue Endowed Professor of the Arts (2014)
  • UMass Lowell Innovation in Teaching Award for Interdisciplinary Work (2013)
  • UMass Lowell Service Learning Award (2013)
  • UMass Lowell Teacher Recognition Award (2008)
  • Who's Who in American Women (2007)
  • National Award for Excellence (2006)
  • UMass Lowell Student Chapter of the Year - MENC (2006)
  • Honorable Mention -UMass Assessment of Student Learning with Technology Award (2005)
  • MENC award for Outstanding Growth for a collegiate chapter (2004)
  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor (2004) - UMass Lowell
  • U.S. Department of Education Citation (2004)
  • Elihu Rose Fellowship (1999) - Teachers College Columbia University
  • Kappa Delta Pi (1999) - International Honor Society in Education
  • Who's Who in Entertainment (1990)

Publications

  • Hillier, A., Greher, G., Queenan, A., Marshall, S., Kopec, J. (2016) "Music, technology and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: The effectiveness of the touch screen interface," Music Education Research 18:3 pp. 269
  • Greher, G.R. (2016) "Review of the book Including Everyone: Creating Music Classrooms Where All Children Learn by Jellison, J. A.," American Music Teacher 2 pp. 40-41
  • Hillier, A.J., Greher, G.R., Queenan, A., Marshall, S.H., Kopec, J. (2015) "Music, Technology and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Effectiveness of the Touch Screen Interface," Music Education Research
  • Greher, G.R., Heines, J.M. (2014) "Computational Thinking in Sound: Teaching the Art and Science of Music and Technology," Oxford University Press
  • Greher, G.R. (2014) "What If . . . ? A Curriculum in Support of Technology, Curiosity, and Play in Music Teacher Education," Oxford University Press
  • Heines, J.M., Greher, G.R. (2014) "Scratch and Middle School Music," Scratch@MIT
  • Greher, G., Marshall, S., Hillier, A., Queenan, A., Prestigiovanni, A., Kopec, J. (2014) "Technology and Teens with ASD: A "Social" Project through a Music Education and Psychology Partnership," The College Music Society 2014 Summit
  • Greher, G.R. (2013) "Creating school-university partnerships to enhance learning.," Oxford University Press
  • Greher, G.R. (2012) "Informal, intuitive, interdisciplinary, and interactive: Middle school general music with a twist.," Rowman & Littlefield Education
  • Greher, G.R., Ruthmann, S. Alex, (Author), . (2012) "On chunking, simples, and paradoxes: Why Jeanne Bamberger’s research matters.," Visions of research in music education 20: pp. 11
  • Hillier, Ashleigh, (Author), ., Greher, G.R., Poto, Nataliya, (Author), ., Dougherty, Margaret, (Author), . (2012) "Positive outcomes following participation in a music intervention for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum.," Psychology of music 40:2 pp. 201 - 215
  • Heines, J.M., Greher, G.R., Ruthmann, S.A. (2012) "Techniques at the intersection of computing and music.," pp. 372
  • Greher, G.R. (2011) "Music technology partnerships: A context for music teacher preparation.," Arts education policy review 112:3 pp. 130 - 136
  • Burton, Suzanne L., (Ed., ., Forew.), ., Greher, G.R., Forew.), . (2011) "School-university partnerships: Re-envisioning music teacher education.," Taylor & Francis 112:3
  • Burton, Suzanne L., (Author), ., Greher, G.R. (2010) "Research meets reality in school-university partnerships: An analysis of two diverse school-university collaborations.,"
  • Greher, G.R., Hillier, Ashleigh, (Author), ., Dougherty, Margaret, (Author), ., Poto, Nataliya, (Author), . (2010) "SoundScape: An interdisciplinary music intervention for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum.," International journal of education and the arts 11: pp. 27
  • Heines, J.M., Greher, G.R., Kuhn, S. (2009) "Music Performamatics: Interdisciplinary Interaction,"
  • Greher, G.R. (2009) "Night & day: Cole Porter, hip hop, their shared sensibilities and their teachable moments.," College music symposium 49-50: pp. 158 - 163
  • Heines, J.M., Greher, G.R. (2009) "Sound Thinking: Conceptualizing the Art and Science of Digital Audio for an Interdisciplinary General Education Course," Association for Technology in Music Instruction 2009 Conf.
  • Heines, J.M., Greher, G.R. (2008) "Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Connecting Computer Science and Music Students to the Benefit of Both,"
  • Greher, G.R. (2008) "Response to panel: Dimensions and tensions of disconnect in music teacher preparation.," Visions of research in music education 12: pp. 3
  • Greher, G.R. (2007) "If you build it...: A distance-learning approach for music teacher licensure test preparation.," Journal of music teacher education 16:2 pp. 61 - 74
  • Burton, Suzanne L., (Author), ., Greher, G.R. (2007) "School-university partnerships: What do we know and why do they matter?.," Arts education policy review 109:1 pp. 13 - 24
  • Greher, G.R., Tobin, R. Nicholas, (Author), . (2006) "Taking the long view toward music teacher preparation: The rationale for a dual-degree program.," Music educators journal 92:5 pp. 50 - 55
  • Greher, G.R. (2006) "Transforming music teacher preparation through the lens of video technology.," Journal of music teacher education 15:2 pp. 49 - 60
  • Greher, G.R. (2003) "Multimedia in the classroom: Tapping into an adolescent’s cultural literacy.," Journal of technology in music learning 2:2 pp. 21 - 43
  • Greher, G.R. (2002) "’Picture This!’ (c)1997: An interactive listening environment for middle school general music.," University Microfilms International (UMI)
  • Greher, G.R. (2001) "Lessons in analytical listening from the reel world.," General music today 15:1 pp. 9 - 15

Presentations

  • Presented a Hands-on workshop for principals and assistant principals, linking music to literacy - District 75 Administrators-PS177Q, August
  • Professional Development Workshop for Lowell Music Teachers featuring Janice Smith & Michele Kaschub editors of Composing Out Future by Oxford University Press - Composition in the Classroom, March 2013
  • - Massachusetts Northeast District General Music Festival, April 2011
  • Workshop leader for the regional Music School Session in world music - Massachusetts Northest District General Music Festival, April 2011 - UMass Lowell
  • Workshop for String Project students, UML students, and local music teachers - Harlem String Quartet, November 2010 - Lowell, MA
  • A 3 day symposium featuring key-note address by Jeanna Bamberger, presentations to students, panel presentations, concerts, student and teacher workshops - Jeanna Bamherger Symposium on Musical Intuition, November 2009
  • Workshop for the regional Music Education Student Organization on the projects and focus on this interdisciplinary General Education course linking Digital Audio to Computer Science - CMENC Workshop-Soundthinking, April 2009
  • Hired by District Supervisor to run a Professional Development workshop for their music teachers - Malden Schools- Global Music: Exploring the Interdisciplinary Connections, January 2009
  • Hired by District Supervisor to run a Professional Development workshop for their music teachers on curriculum development in music - Wellesley Schools-An Inquiry Based Approach to Teaching and Learning, March 2008
  • This session will highlight the importance of working in a project based environment for training music education majors about interdisciplinary strategies to incorporate in their own classrooms - Technology Applications in the Classroom: It's All About the Context!, March 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Technology as a Person Centered Process: A Contextual Framework for Music Education - Toward Tanglewood II: Music as a Person Centered Process, June 2006 - Columbia University, NY
  • School University Partnerships with Suzanna Burton, April 2006 - University of Delaware
  • A Pre-Service Mentorship as Experiential Learning Lab Session will explore a year long pilot mentorship between the UMass Lowell Demonstration School and the UMass Lowell Music Education program, the lessons learned, the benefits and the pitfalls, March 2006 - Boston, MA
  • Presenter and organizer of a two day workshop geared to Lowell area Music Teachers, UML Music Education students and String Project Participants - Crossing Over: Explorations in Cross-Cultural Musical Improvisation with Jesus Eduardo Florido, March 2006
  • Presenter and organizer of all day hands-on workshop for Lowell area Music Teachers with presentations with Chuck Johnson, Mindware Music and Wayne Splettstoeszer, Connecticut music educator of the year - Becoming TechnoForward in the Music Classroom, February 2006
  • Workshop Presenter and Organizer for all day workshop for Lowell area Music Teachers in the music of India and South Africa and the connections into the classroom - World Music Workshop at UMass Lowell, April 2005
  • - Music, Literacy and Learning Standards: Exploring the Connections, March 2005 - Boston, MA
  • Strings Alive - UMass Lowell String Project Presentation with Kay G. Roberts, March 2005 - Reno, NV
  • World Music as Communal Music Making and Creation Myths: A Multicultural Association to Arts Integration, March 2004 - Danvers, MA
  • - MCMENC Opening Session, September 2003 - Lowell, MA
  • Hands-on music-making workshops for a variety of special needs students throughout the day in conjunction with NYC School District 75 - Very Special Arts Fairs, May 2003 - NYC
  • Workshop Presenter - Celluloid Illusions and the Magic of Music: Creating Analytical Listeners in Middle School, March 2003 - Danvers, MA
  • Presenter of student workshops in "Music as Soundtrack-Classical Music in Film" once every fall and spring for 4 years - Carnegie Hall Weill Institute at the High School of Economics and Finance, May 2002
  • Presented and organized a series of Professional Development workshops that were given in Queens and Brooklyn for participating teachers in the CAL program - Creative Arts Laboratory (CAL), 2001 - Teachers College
  • Presented and organized a series of Professional Development workshops that were given in Queens and Brooklyn for participating teachers in the CAL program - Creative Arts Laboratory (CAL), 2000
  • Presenter for Special Needs District 75 Teachers and Assistant Principals - Creative Arts Laboratory (CAL), 2000 - Teachers College Workshop
  • Coordinator of an interactive children's concert, given by Spirit" in collaboration with the Creative Arts Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University for students in District 75 - Very Special Arts Fairs, May 2000 - Columbia Univeristy, NYC
  • Organized and Presented hands-on professional development workshops for hospital teachers linking music to literacy - New York City Hospital Schools, December 1999
  • Organized and Presenter for hands-on workshops for 150 District 75 teachers linking literacy to movement and music. - PS 224Q, November 1999
  • Organized and Presented hands-on professional development workshops for hospital teachers linking music to literacy. - New York City Hospital Schools, September 1999
  • CAL workshop for the school's teachers on developing interdisciplinary ideas and strategies for integrating the arts - Joan of Arc Middle School, November 1997 - Manhattan

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Computational Thinking Through Computing and Music (2011), Grant -
    Greher, G.R. (Co-Principal)
  • Computational Thinking through Computing and Music (2011), Grant -
    Heines, J.M. (Principal), Greher, G.R. (Co-Principal), Ruthmann, S.A. (Co-Principal), Kuhn, S. (Other), Martin, F. (Other)
  • Performamatics: Connecting Computer Science to the Performing, Fine, and Design Arts (2007), Grant -
    Heines, J.M. (Principal), Greher, G.R. (Co-Principal), Jeffers, J. (Co-Principal), Kuhn, S. (Co-Principal), Martin, F. (Co-Principal), Roehr, K.E. (Co-Principal), Selleck, N.G. (Co-Principal)
  • Licensure Preparation Web Site for the Massachusetts Educator Certification Tests in Music (2003), Grant - UMass President’s Office 2003 Professional Development Grant Program
    Heines, J.M., Greher, G.R. (Co-Principal)