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 programs in the Museum’s pre-K, K-12, university and adult programs, on site and through distance learning, as well as community outreach programs. She also oversees the Museum’s Library and Archives. 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 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 oversees K-12 and adult education as well as public programming; and teaches regularly on-site and through distance learning. Jasonholds 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. Jason has published articles in books and journals on popular music, film music and music technology. Active in the music industry since 1988, Hanley 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.
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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 helps to oversee K-12 education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum – this includes both on-site and distance learning programming – and coordinates all professional development opportunities for educators interested in integrating rock and roll into their teaching practice. She also develops and teaches K-12 class offerings, and develops curriculum resources for both teachers and students. Stephanie holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Music from Dickinson College and an M.A. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Cleveland, Stephanie taught for the New Orleans’ Recovery School District as an elementary special education inclusion teacher, where she actively worked to integrate the arts into her own core-curriculum teaching. She also has collegiate teaching experience, in both music history and the general humanities, and has presented nationally on arts-integrated teaching practice and various popular music topics. A trained singer and pianist, Stephanie also spends her time performing.
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John Goehrke: Education Coordinator
Since joining the Rock Hall, Goehrke has helped develop the award-winning distance learning program, On the Road, and has had an active role as event manager for many of the Museum’s public programs. Goehrke holds a B.A. in Music from Kenyon College and is currently earning his M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. While at Kenyon, Goehrke 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.” Prior to joining the Rock Hall, Goehrke was a music journalist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s NEXT (News Exclusively for Teens) section.
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Dr. Kathryn Metz: Education Instructor
Kathryn Metz has worked at the Rock Hall since 2008 teaching K-12 students on-site and through distance learning and coordinating public programs and teacher professional development. Kathryn holds her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin where she focused on urban Amazonian pop music in Peru. She is an active member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. She recently published a chapter on tecnocumbia in the edited volume Cumbia!: Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre (Duke, 2013). 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. Kathryn also performs regularly around Cleveland in Trepanning Trio, Bossa Novela and Psychic Thrills.
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Max Espinosa: Education Assistant
Max coordinates and assists the Education Department with K-12 programming, public programming, and administrative day to day duties. Maxholds a B.A. in Music with an emphasis in Music Industry Studies and Technology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Espinosa previously worked for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers as the Film & Television Coordinator. He has over three years of experience working within the music industry and continues to update himself with current trends. He has been playing guitar since the age of seven and continues to write, record, and produce music.