From September 28-30, master drummer Jeremy Cohen spent a three-day residency at USM teaching students and faculty about the art of African drumming. He was brought to USM by Miriam Altman, Middle School music teacher, who studied under Cohen during her field study in Ghana over the summer.
Cohen is a Boston-based musician and educator who has traveled to Ghana multiple times and now primarily works as a clinician around the U.S. In 2008, he founded ThisWorldMusic, an organization dedicated to bringing the joy and power of African drumming to schools nationwide. He is an expert at transmitting African musical styles from the village to the classroom and students of all ages had the opportunity to learn from him during his time at USM.
Cohen is an expert in traditional Ewe drumming and held interactive workshops for the Middle School chorus students, the eighth-grade grade world drumming students, fifth-grade social studies students, and first graders. Students used sogo drums, bells, and rattles to play Ghanaian songs and rhythms. Cohen also held several workshops for the music faculty, other fine arts faculty, and the social studies faculty, and performed at the Lower, Middle, and Upper School assemblies.