Greg Cooney grew up in Maryland and has been singing for over thirty years. He started his career performing in coffee houses with his twin brother at the age of thirteen. Greg's life has been surrounded with music. His mother was a Rockette and his father was the captain of the men's glee club at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in the 1940s. From 1979 to 1986, Greg entertained primarily for college audiences. He was often billed as a stand-up musical comedian. Since earning his Bachelors degree in music education in 1986 he has been composing, recording and performing his original children's music in the Mid-Atlantic stated and New England. Despite his life long struggle with learning disabilities, Greg earned his Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in media and technology from Salisbury State University in 1994.
Greg has been teaching music in public schools for 25 years. In 1999 Greg and his family moved to Rhode Island. He is currently teaching high school choir and drama at a private school in Rhode Island. Cooney teaches with the philosophy that through music, young people can develop a positive self-image and learn how to get along with others as they discover their inner gifts and talents.
In 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007, Greg performed as a touring artist for the Rhode Island Summer Program in 60 libraries throughout RI and MA. Once again, Greg will be touring many Rhode Island Libraries the summer of 2011 as part of the RI State Summer Reading program.
Greg used stories, songs, movement, and plenty of fun activities as he guided kids through adventures in reading.
He is currently writing the music for and co-producing a children’s TV show for Rhode Island PBS called Li’l Rhody.