Gretchen Hary received a degree of Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from The Boston Conservatory, a Master of Music degree in Percussion Pedagogy from Belmont University, and most recently a Graduate Certificate in Music and Autism from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She has studied under Tim Genis, Nancy Zeltsman, Christopher Norton and Patrick Hollenbeck.
Gretchen has created her own drumming program, C. S. I (Communication, Socialization, Inclusion) Drumming, which includes drumming activities to help increase the skill level in those with autism. Gretchen has been teaching the program for the last 5 years through Chapel Haven as part of their first-year curriculum taught by the Speech and Language Pathologist. Gretchen is currently working on getting the program out to more areas to include students of all ages. Two of her drumming activities have been published in Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs, A Practical Resource by Alice M. Hammel.
As a freelance musician she has performed in the production orchestra for local musicals, performed with local churches and ensembles. She has been the percussion specialist at ACES ECA in New Haven, CT for the last 7 years. During this time, she has taught technique class, music theory, musicianship, percussion ensemble and rhythm classes. She has taught private lessons on drumset and orchestral percussion for the last 13 years at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. She has also coached the percussion section for the large ensembles, is director of the percussion ensembles and teaches music theory.