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Hi! I'm Risa,

a literacy teacher “in disguise.” My students think we just make music and fun - and we do! I started as a performer, and when I jumped into teaching, I discovered the magic of music and movement in the classroom, especially for teaching literacy. That’s why I use an integrated curriculum in my programs. I keep things fun, lively, and loving, so that your child can’t wait to learn more.


This is "I love you" in ASL (American Sign Language).

Love is the driving force behind my work. 

I have been teaching since 1994. I hold an M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Bank Street College. I studied at The Reading and Writing Project (TRWP) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I served on leadership groups. As a classroom teacher, teaching a K-1 loop in NYC public schools, my classroom served as a labsite for Writing Workshop. I taught Music/Literacy at Hamilton Heights Academy at P.S. 28, and I served West Side Montessori for ten years as the Music/Literacy Co-Curricular. I am a Mama of two boys who I adore; I know how hard you are working, and how much you care. And I know I can make learning more fun and loving for both you and your little one.


"Thank you, Risa. I was a Kindermusik educator for 20 years, so I have a good variety of songs...but love more and fresh ideas. I have my favorite back pocket oldies but goodies. BUT, new ideas are always welcome. I am back to teaching in the classroom now, and still LOVE music, but am not doing just that. When you talked about adding the literacy component in your training, I felt like that was the missing piece for me that was needed. We do a "journal" reading, but it just didn't fit who I was. I think doing the music is doing the same thing...but adding an element of what was really missing and what I know is SO good for the classroom and kids. THANK YOU! The kids are LOVING Peter Rabbit. :)"

Darcy Logan
Lead Teacher, Little Hawks Discovery Preschool

"Risa, is that look you in the eye kind of musical master that makes not only the children mesmerized but parents tapping their toes in their shoes as they watch the kids hold onto her words and rhythm....only to find yourself singing and humming long after the lesson or show"

Kathleen Rice-Mierzwiak
Mom of a student

"Risa Cohen is a talented musician and vocalist. She is kind, caring and has a natural way of connecting with children. I have seen firsthand the way my children and their classmates hang on her every word and note. Risa is an exemplary teacher and outstanding individual!"

Michael Rowland
Dad of two students

"Risa has an amazing class! She does a combination of new songs and old favorites and we love singing them when we are at home."

Holly Allen
Mom of three studnets

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