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Boston Academy of Korean Traditional Arts

보스턴 한국전통에술원

The Boston Academy of Korean Traditional Arts (BAKTA) was conceived by people at the Korean Cultural Society of Boston (KCSB), who deeply respect and love music, arts, and culture.  The mission of BAKTA is to revive, reshape, and renew Korean traditional music and arts through education that corresponds with various forms of modern music and artistry around the world.

Our programs provide private and group lessons (Korean traditional instruments and dance) for young and adult students (5 years of age and older), primarily on Sunday afternoon at SCBC (Somerville Community Baptist Church) located at 31 College Ave, Somerville, MA 02144.  The curriculum is based on a 10-week program, consisting of nine regular classes and a performance presentation.  Some special workshops and activities will be provided between semesters.

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Mina Cho | 조미나
Director of Boston Academy of Korean Traditional Arts (BAKTA)

  • Founder & CEO of International Gugak Jazz Institute (IGJI)

  • Director of Gugak Jazz Society

  • Contemporary Music Director at Somerville Community Baptist Church (SCBC)

  • Faculty at Emerson College (The Department of Performing Arts)

  • Ph.D. in Musicology (ABD) at Brandeis University

  • ​D.M.A. in Jazz Studies-Composition & Musicology (minor) at New England Conservatory

  • M.M. in Jazz Studies-Composition at New England Conservatory

  • B.M. in Jazz Composition & Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music

  • B.A. in Theology at Yonsei University

*We are grateful that our vision has come to life under the umbrella of KCSB and in partnership with generous organizations in the community (e.g., Somerville Community Baptist Church, The Boston Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and International Gugak Jazz Institute). 

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