Richard Grennor, Ed.D. has been teaching instrumental music in New Jersey to students of all ages and grade levels for over 16 years. He holds a B.A. degree in Music Education from Kean University, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Richard earned his Ed.D. degree from Nova Southeastern Universities -National Program for Educational Leaders.
Dr. Grennor has a record of accomplishment in education and the ability to get the very best out of his pupils. Performance ensembles under his direction have consistently received first place trophies, superior or excellent ratings at the Festivals of Music Competitions. His students have been recognized for their improvised solos in the following categories: best drum set soloists, best saxophone soloists, best piano soloist, best bass soloist and best flute soloist. Dr. Grennor has conducted the Central Jersey Music Educators Association Elementary Honors band and is a well sought after private saxophone instructor and professional musician.
Dr. Grennor has presented professional development workshops for the New Jersey Music Educators Association Summer Conferences and research for the 55th Annual National Association for Music Education Biennial In-Service Conference. He is a certified by the National Judges Association as an Individual Music Analysis Judge. As an adjudicator, Dr. Grennor has adjudicated both Regional Championships and the Atlantic Coast Championships for the Tournament of Bands at Hershey Park Stadium, PA. Dr. Grennor is also an Adjunct Professor in Kean Universities Music Conservatory.
Other areas of interest include: woodwind methods, concert band and jazz pedagogy, curriculum, instruction and program development, assessment and evaluation, technology literacy, leading in a learning organization and instructional leadership. .
Publications & Presentations
Grennor, R. (2018). The beginner’s guide to improvising: A three-Step process for your beginner jazz students. [Blog] National Association for Music Education: Music in a Minuet. Available at https://nafme.org/beginners-guide-improvising/[Accessed 6 Dec. 2018].
Grennor, R. (October, 2018). Danielson toolbox for music and art educators. Union, NJ: District Staff Development Workshop at Township of Union Public Schools.
Grennor, R. (2018). Four tips for getting the most out of your marching band adjudication tapes. [Blog] National Association for Music Education: Music in a Minuet. Available at: https://nafme.org/four-tips-getting-most-your-marching-band-adjudication-tapes/ [Accessed 2 Oct. 2018].
Grennor, R. (September, 2018). Developing a growth mindset in the arts. Union, NJ: District Staff Development Workshop at Township of Union Public Schools.
Grennor, R. (August, 2018). Zero to Jazz: teaching beginning improvisation in jazz band rehearsal. Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Music Educators Association Summer Conference XI at The College of New Jersey.
Grennor, R. (2018). A summer bucket list for teachers: Seven ideas for “self-care” for teachers. [Blog] National Association for Music Education: Music in a Minuet. Available at: https://nafme.org/summer-bucket-list-for-teachers/ [Accessed 26 Jul. 2018].
Grennor, R. (April, 2017). Effects of instrumental and choral music instruction on achievement in mathematics and English Language Arts. Atlantic City, NJ: Poster Session, National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
Grennor, R. (August, 2016). More than minutes: Teaching band and orchestra students to practice effectively. Trenton, NJ: New Jersey Music Educators Association Summer Conference IX at The College of New Jersey.
Grennor, R. (2016). Effects of instrumental and choral music instruction on achievement in mathematics and English-Language Arts. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Abraham S. Fischler College of Education.
Grennor, R. (February, 2013). Kawameeh Middle School World Music Drum Ensemble. Lobby Concert, New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference at the East Brunswick Hilton.