The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Education Department

Meet the education staff of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dr. Lauren Onkey: Vice President of Education and Public Programs

Lauren Onkey is responsible for educational programming in the Museum’s pre-K, K-12, university and adult programs – both on site and online – as well as community outreach programs. Lauren also oversees K-12 curriculum development and online learning initiatives for both teachers and students. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and has been at the Museum since 2008. Prior to coming to the Museum, she was an associate professor of English at Ball State University for fourteen years. In addition to teaching rock history, Lauren has taught units on popular music in cultural studies, literature, and women’s studies classes.

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Dr. Jason Hanley: Director of Education

Jason Hanley oversees K-12 and adult education as well as public programming; and teaches regularly on-site and through distance learning.  Jason helps to oversee K-12 curriculum development and online learning initiatives. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with a sub-emphasis in Composition from Stony Brook University and has been at the Museum since 2004. He has taught courses in music history, electronic music, and popular music studies and has published on popular music, film music and music technology. Active in the music industry since 1988, Jason has performed on, composed for, and produced numerous recordings and has performed live with many bands.
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Ruthie Brown: Director of Community Programs

Ruthie Brown oversees  the Museum’s award winning pre-school music therapy program, Toddler Rock. Ruthie also produces the Museum’s five community festivals, which center around music and dance and are designed to appreciate and showcase the vast array of cultures in the greater Cleveland community. Ruthie largely  connects the Museum with the grassroots community through community outreach endeavors

Ruthie holds a BA in Education and taught taught primary students (first grade) in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Ruthie joined the Rock Hall’s Education Department 3 weeks after the Museum’s opening in September, 1995.

Stephanie Heriger: Education Programs Manager

Stephanie Heriger manages on-site and online K-12 education and coordinates all professional development opportunities for educators interested in integrating rock and roll into their teaching. She also helps to develop and teach K-12 class offerings, and develops curriculum resources for both teachers and students. She holds an M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan.  Before coming to the Museum in 2009, Stephanie taught for the New Orleans’ Recovery School District as an elementary special education inclusion teacher. She has presented nationally on arts-integrated teaching practice and various popular music topics.

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John Goehrke: Public Programs Manager

John Goehrke manages all adult public programs at the Museum and the Library and Archives. John also teaches regularly – both on-site and through distance learning. He helps develop K-12 curriculum, teaching materials, and metrics to evaluate and forecast the Museum’s K-12 offerings. John manages the Museum’s K-12 distance learning program, while also helping to direct online learning initiatives for both teachers and students. He holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and has been at the Museum since 2005. John has presented on topics ranging from interactive videoconferencing to project-based learning at conferences across the country.

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Dr. Kathryn Metz: Head Education Instructor

Kathryn Metz has worked at the Rock Hall since 2008 teaching K-12 students on-site and through distance learning.  She also helps to coordinate teacher professional development and adult public programming. Kathryn oversees the development of printed K-12 educational materials, as well as online learning design. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has published and presented internationally on various rock history and Latin American pop music topics.  Kathryn also performs regularly around Cleveland in Trepanning Trio, Bossa Novela and Psychic Thrills.

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