Minami Cohen is a music teacher at Hayward Unified School District in Hayward, California where she directs K-4 vocal music programs and 5-6 grade choirs, and mentors early career teachers. She also teaches musicianship lessons to string ensemble students at Preparatory Music Department at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.
Minami is committed to providing quality music education for public school students with culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. She believes promoting social and emotional learning through music lessons will create a safe and positive learning environment where students persevere. Her collaboration with colleagues, families, and school administration creates a community that values excellence in music education as a key to students’ achievement and well-being.
A native of Okinawa, Japan, Minami holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa and a Masters in Music in Music Education with Kodály Emphasis from Holy Names University in Oakland. She celebrates her Okinawan heritage by taking part in traditional drum dancing, performances, and cultural gatherings with the San Francisco Bay Area Okinawan community. She currently serves as President-elect for Northern California Association of Kodály Educators.