Clarinet, First Music
Dr. Gabriela Cohen earned her D.M.A in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan, M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Yale School of Music, B.A. in English from Oberlin College and B.M. Clarinet Performance from Oberlin Conservatory. She also received Orff Schulwerk Level I training from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.
Performance and Teaching Experience
An active freelancer and private clarinet teacher, Gabriela teaches bilingual early childhood music at DC Bilingual Charter School and Kids’ Corner Day Care Center in Washington, DC. She also performs with Annapolis Symphony, Virginia Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra.
Having been on the First Music faculty since the fall of 2011, Gabriela teaches First Music with a focus on the Spanish classes, Cantemos y Bailemos. She is currently the First Music Program Chair.
“I consider myself fortunate to be a part of the Levine faculty, where I am inspired by talented colleagues as well as by the children’s contagious enthusiasm every week.”
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
“I am constantly amazed at the way children process music and I love being a part of that process. My desire as a teacher is to share music with children in such a way that, in the end, they are not only touched by the music itself, but are excited to be part of the process. As a native Spanish speaker and creator of the Cantemos y Bailemos classes at Levine, I am thrilled to help children develop a lifelong love of music through folksongs and activities from Spain and South America.”