Jeremy Cohen is a percussionist, composer and teaching artist who specializes in African drumming. He directs the Study in Ghana, Africa program at UMass Amherst, where he is an adjunct professor in the Department of Music & Dance. After serving as music director at the Umana Middle School in East Boston, in 2007 he founded ThisWorldMusic, which partners with educational institutions and arts organizations to offer innovative, hands-on cultural learning experiences. Clients include: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The University School of Milwaukee and school districts nationwide.
Still active in the classroom, Mr. Cohen works with court-involved youth through the non-profit Unlocking the Light. He sits on the Young Audiences Board of Directors and has consulted for The Center for Music National Service and The School District of Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley and a M.M. in Composition from NEC and studied traditional African drumming and dance in Ghana.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.M., New England Conservatory. Composition studies with Lee Hyla, Bob Brookmeyer, Ken Schaphorst. Percussion studies with Emmanuel Agbeli, C.K. Ladzekpo, Jerry Leake.