Elissa Johnson-Green is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Program in Music Education in the Department of Music at University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is the creator and Project Lead of the EcoSonic Playground Project (ESPP) (https://sites.uml.edu/ecosonic_project/), a community engaged, inclusive program focused on immersive-integrated learning in music, sustainability, STEM, and design thinking for children of all ages. Since 2016, she has implemented 24 ESPP programs in the US, Canada, and Ireland. She has received consistent funding for this work, including a Research Grant from the International Society for Music Education, a University of Massachusetts Sustainability Grant, and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, the Boston Mayor’s Office, and University of Massachusetts Lowell. Before starting at UMass Lowell, Elissa taught for several years in public and private school music education with children in grades K-8. Her research has focused on music in human development, music use in families raising young children, children's musical lives and musical thinking, and immersive learning in music education. She has published widely on these topics and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences. She served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Music Education (2016-2022) and presently serves on the editorial board of Visions of Research in Music Education, both peer-reviewed journals. She is a Commissioner for the Early Childhood Music Education special interest group of the International Society of Music Education and the Higher Education Representative of the MMEA Northeastern Division Executive Board.
Steve Holley is a music educator/bassist/author living in Boston, MA. Steve holds a Ph.D. in Music Learning and Teaching from Arizona State University as well as a B.M. and an M.M. in Jazz/Classical Bass Performance from the University of Memphis.
As a teacher, Steve previously served as the Producer for the Commercial Music Program at the Kent Denver School outside Denver, CO, for nineteen years. During his tenure, the R&B, soul, salsa, and jazz bands of the CMP were recognized by DownBeat magazine’s Student Music Awards fifteen times. The bands performed hundreds of gigs in the U.S. and abroad, held standing gigs at local clubs, performed on dozens of radio and television broadcasts, recorded at some of the most hallowed studios in the country, and performed with dozens of Grammy-caliber artists.
As a bassist, Steve has recorded on over 100 studio projects and has played over 10,000 gigs across the world in every style of music imaginable.
As a writer, Steve authored the book Coaching a Popular Music Ensemble: Blending formal, non-formal, and informal approaches in the rehearsal and co-edited Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Education—a text featuring chapters from 26 experienced popular music educators discussing their teaching approaches to the popular music learning space.
Currently, Steve serves as the President of the Association for Popular Music Education. Steve and his family recently moved to Boston, MA, with their two rescue Boston Terriers, Matilda and Clementine.