Welcome to Portraits of Practice: Construction Zones for Musical Understanding.
The purpose of this site is to share with others my work, as a music teacher and with colleagues that is grounded in constructivist theory of learning.
Visit The Journey, a collection of experiences and moments of discovery that have informed my beliefs about teaching and learning.
Explore Project Design, a collection of ideas that can be put into practice to create a holistic and constructive learning environment for musical understanding.
Download teaching Frameworks that are used to scaffold learning.
Look in on Portraits to view project designs and artifacts., watch students realizing their musical knowledge and skill as they engage in collaborative problem-solving.
Learn More about the theory and research that supports and validates constructive learning experiences for students in our classrooms.
Phillip Greco Ed.D. Cohort Columbia University Music Teacher Farmingdale Schools
Phillip Greco served as music educator from 2001-present where he taught K-7 general music. He has been instrumental in introducing constructivist learning theory to the music education faculty and creating curricula on projects and technology integration. In the Fall of 2017, Phil began teaching a new course in the district called "Innovation Experience". The new course offers over 500 sixth-graders an opportunity to discover their passion, create goals, and construct their understandings.
Phillip is a frequent presenter at conferences and teacher workshops devoted to re-conceptualizing music education curriculum around personalized/collaborative learning and cultivating dispositions as learning goals in music education. Recent presentations include the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), Suffolk County Music Educators' Association (SCMEA), the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Westminster Choir College-Rider University, and various public school districts throughout New York State. Most recently he has worked with the Dade County Schools, Dade County FL. In addition, Phil serves as a core member in the public school-university partnership program that serves the pre-service music education students at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
Phillip is the creator, co-founder, and Program and Alignment Manager, and Past-Chair for The Society for Ethics in Education; a non-profit organization that provides professional growth opportunities for educators and opportunities for learners to exhibit projects in music. He received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Phillip holds a certificate in educational administration and is currently a doctoral student at Columbia University.