Gena R. Greher
Gena R. Greher is Professor, Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level music classes in music methods; world music for the classroom; popular culture; curriculum design; an interdisciplinary course in Computing+ Music; digital audio and technology applications in music education.
Her research interests focus on creativity and listening skill development in children and examining the influence of integrating multimedia technology in urban music classrooms, as well as in the music teacher education curriculum. 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. She is currently the Director of the UMass Lowell String Project and Lowell Youth Orchestra. She has been published in Arts Education Policy Review, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Psychology of Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, Music Educator’s Journal and General Music Today.
Gena received her Ed.D. from Teachers College Columbia University, where she was the Project Associate for the Creative Arts Laboratory (CAL), a professionaldevelopment program in arts integration. Before gaining her Doctorate in Music Education, Gena spent 20 years in advertising as a jingle producer and music director.