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 holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She taught in the English department at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for fourteen years. While at Ball State, she taught courses in postcolonial literature, cultural studies and writing at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was the recipient of research fellowships at Oxford University and Boston College. She also served for five years as Director of Graduate Programs in English. She is currently appointed as a Presidential Fellow and teaches in the SAGES general education program at Case Western Reserve University, as well as rock history classes at Cleveland State University. In addition to teaching rock history, Lauren has taught units on popular music in cultural studies, literature, and women’s studies classes throughout her career. She has published Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity: Celtic Soul Brothers (Routledge 2009) and many essays and book chapters. She has also presented numerous papers at national and international literature, popular music studies, cultural studies, and pedagogy conferences.
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Dr. Jason Hanley: Director of Education
Jason Hanley holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with a sub-emphasis in Composition from Stony Brook University, where he completed his dissertation entitled “Metal Machine Music: Technology, Noise, and Modernism in Industrial Music 1975-1996.” He has taught courses in music history, electronic music, and popular music studies at Hofstra University, Stony Brook University (including the Stony Brook Pre-College Program and the Humanities Institute), Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Jason has published articles in books and journals on the topics of popular music, film music and music technology, and has delivered papers at meetings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Society for Ethnomusicology, American Musicological Society, Americana Music Association, Feminist Theory and Music and numerous other conferences. Active in the music industry since 1988, Jason has played on, composed for, and produced numerous recordings and has performed live with many bands. He continues to record with his current musical project Radiophonic (on Intentcity Records). In 2009 he was a guest editor for a special issue on pedagogy for the Journal of Popular Music Studies where he currently serves as an editorial board member. Hanley is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music where he has served many years as an executive committee member of the US branch.
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Stephanie Heriger: Education Programs Manager
Stephanie Heriger holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Music from Dickinson College and an M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Ph.D. candidate. She has taught general humanities courses at Wayne State University and music history and appreciation classes as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Michigan, and has presented nationally on arts-integrated teaching practice and various popular music topics. Before coming to Cleveland, Stephanie taught for the New Orleans’ Recovery School District as an elementary special education inclusion teacher, post-Katrina, where she actively worked to integrate the arts into her own core-curriculum teaching. Stephanie has worked alongside both music and visual arts organizations in New Orleans, Southeast Michigan and her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A trained pianist and singer, she is also an active performer.
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John Goehrke: Education Coordinator
John Goehrke holds a B.A. in Music from Kenyon College, where he graduated cum laude in May 2005, and is currently earning his M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. He volunteered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a member of the Teen Advisory Board in 1999 and interned for the education and development departments in the summers of 2003 and 2004. Between 1998-2000, John was a music journalist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s NEXT (News Exclusively for Teens) section. During his senior year at Kenyon, John was awarded distinction by the music department for his thesis entitled, “The Message: A Study of Authenticity and Stylistic Change Within Hip-Hop as a Cultural Movement.” John has made several public presentations to universities, most recently as a keynote speaker at Denison University’s “Culture Jam Week” in 2009 where he discussed the origins of hip-hop culture. Since joining the Rock Hall, John has helped develop the award-winning distance learning program, On the Road, and has had an active role in the Museum’s public programs, serving as the Event Manager for the American Music Masters tributes since 2007. John is also a two-term member of the CILC (Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration) Advisory Board.
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Dr. Kathryn Metz: Education Instructor
Kathryn Metz holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from The University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, “Music from Amazonia: Roots, Cosmopolitanism, and Regional Expression in Iquitos, Peru” is about pop music in the urban Peruvian Amazon. Her research has focused on Latin American popular musics, bluegrass, cosmopolitanism, indie rock and women in punk rock. Kathryn was a Teaching Assistant for the History of Rock at UT for several years, where she also directed the Brazilian Popular Music Ensemble. She is a trained flutist, has performed in bossa nova and Afro-pop groups in Austin, Texas and has played some bluegrass mandolin. Kathryn has guest lectured at The University of Texas at Austin, Southwestern University, the Universidad Particular de Iquitos in Peru, Tulane University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She was also the Assistant Editor at the Latin American Music Review, a music journal that focuses on topics as diverse as hip-hop, salsa, cathedral music, and folk music, published by The University of Texas Press. Kathryn has a chapter about tecnocumbia in an edited volume forthcoming from Duke University Press. In May, 2011, Kathryn delivered the commencement address to the College of Education and the College of Music at Bowling Green State University, her alma mater.
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