About Greta

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Named 2009 National Artist of the Year by Young Audiences, Greta is a versatile performer and music educator. She has appeared internationally in concerts, arts festivals, libraries, night clubs, and schools, as well as on radio and television, alongside luminaries as diverse as Jerry Garcia and Pete Seeger.

With her husband, Grammy-winning guitarist Mark Hanson, Greta performs an eclectic mix of styles, including blues, jazz, folk and classic rock. Learn more about their performances together here.

Awards

National Artist of the Year

2009

Award of Excellence

Film Advisory Board, for “Friendship Stew”

Classic Recording Award

Children’s Music Web, for “Music is Magic”

Hero Award

2009

Sunburst Award

2008

Curriculum Development

  • Music Education Consultant for the University of Washington’s Arts for Learning Design Team, Grade 5
  • Advisor for the national design team working in collaboration with Between the Lions®, the Emmy award-winning PBS children’s series to develop literacy and arts based residencies
  • Lead teacher for the above program’s first national pilot of the residency “Call It As You See It,” and lead subsequent training workshops at the Young Audiences of Indiana Institute for Artful Learning
  • Curriculum developer for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s online Oregon Art Beat in the Schools, creating lesson plans for grades K-8

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Education

  • Music Teaching Credential, K-12, San Jose State University
  • Bachelors in Music, emphasis Vocal Performance, Stanford University
  • Music Studies, Vienna, Austria

Instruments

Voice, piano, guitar, mountain dulcimer and ukulele. She hopes to find time to learn how to play her hammered-dulcimer – stay tuned!

Recordings

Music is Magic

What's more magical than a flying bear! These lively and upbeat songs loved by children – and their parents. Tracks include the zany “Friends Sleepin’ Over Tonight” and “Slimy Mud,” rock-oriented “Be Yourself” and “Ride My Bicycle,” plus original rounds and traditional favorites.

Buy the Album

You can buy Music is Magic as a CD at Accent on Music, and as a digital download on CD Baby.

Friendship Stew

Friendship Stew simmers with a zesty mix of musical flavors; swing, rock, and folk melodies blend with ingredients from far away places. Add a pinch of zaniness and a whole lot of sing along fun. It all boils down to sharing - ideas, games, languages, music, feelings and laughter - as we celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. The CD includes bonus tracks with a video, parent/teacher guide, puzzles, games and activities.

Buy the Album

You can buy Music is Magic as a CD at Accent on Music, and as a digital download on CD Baby.

Cinco de Mayo

Greta's song "Cinco de Mayo" is available as an individual download (with optional lyric sheets with chords) on Songs for Teaching.

Buy the Song

You can buy "Cinco de Mayo" at Songs for Teaching.

Holiday Time

Greta's song "Holiday Time" is available as an individual download (with optional lyric sheets with chords) on Songs for Teaching.

Buy the Song

You can buy "Holiday Time" at Songs for Teaching.

It's a New Year

Greta's song "It's a New Year" is available as an individual download (with optional lyric sheets with chords) on Songs for Teaching.

Buy the Song

You can buy "It's a New Year" at Songs for Teaching.

Kwanzaa is Here

Greta's song "Kwanzaa is Here" is available as an individual download (with optional lyric sheets with chords) on Songs for Teaching.

Buy the Song

You can buy "Kwanzaa is Here" at Songs for Teaching.

About Accent on Music

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Greta co-founded Accent On Music, LLC with Mark Hanson in 1985. Since then, they have published dozens of Mark’s guitar instruction books and DVDs. Their second title, Art of Solo Fingerpicking, was included in the publication 50 Greatest Guitar Books. Mark’s newest book, Travis Pick the Hits!, includes music by Sting, Cold Play, and Maroon Five.

For more information on these publications, visit AccentOnMusic.com.

For information about Mark’s teaching and performances, visit MarkHansonGuitar.com.