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Risa Cohen

Music & Dance/Movement
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Risa Beth Cohen, M.S.Ed. is an educator, singer/songwriter, and storyteller. She works with people of all ages and abilities, leading music circles and storytelling workshops. As the Founder and Creative Director of Sing into Reading, Risa is passionate about teaching literacy through music and movement. Risa holds a B.F.A. in acting from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/ Elementary Education from Bank Street College. In 2016, she was the Featured Teller at “Tellebration” in Toledo, Ohio. She is able to craft music and movement classes to align with any topic, ensuring that they are developmentally appropriate and fun. After a music circle, Risa emails relevant resources and songbooks to participants. The text in songbooks is color-coded with red consonants and blue vowels to help teach letter differentiation.

In addition to teaching children, Risa is a sought-after speaker at edu-events of all sorts. Risa is an approved Core Knowledge & Competencies (CKC) Instructor, and Sing into Reading is an approved training organization recognized by the Ohio Professional Registry of the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA). She frequently presents and performs for children, educators, and families at schools, libraries, and museums. Risa has presented nationwide, and internationally in many countries, including Egypt, Australia, England, and South Korea. Risa and her program, Sing into Reading, have been featured on WTOL Channel 11, NBC Channel 24, 13abc, and in the Toledo Blade. You can see a couple of recent televised interviews Risa did on the Sing into Reading home page:

Risa has been called a literacy teacher “in disguise.” Her students think they just make music and have fun – and they do!

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK-Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Tables
  • Electrical Outlets


Upon Request