Jennifer Caputo

Instructor of African Drumming
instructor in New College and New College LifeTrack


  • BM, Music, Queens College, CUNY (City University of New York)
  • MA, Ethnomusicology, Tufts University


Jennifer Caputo is an instructor in New College and New College LifeTrack at the University of Alabama. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY (City University of New York) and a Master of Arts degree in Music (ethnomusicology) from Tufts University. She completed Ph.D. coursework in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University.

Ms. Caputo is fortunate to have studied world percussion with a number of outstanding musicians including, Abraham Adzenyah, Emmanuel Agbeli, Robert Levin, Valerie Naranjo, David Locke, Glen Velez, Allesandra Belloni, Raffaele Inserra, Michael Lipsey, David Nelson, I.M. Harjito, Barry Drummond, and Sumarsam.

Her teaching and performing interests integrate music, dance, creativity in the arts, cultural studies, arts activism, community engagement, and educational outreach. Jennifer founded the UA African Drumming Ensemble that performs traditional music from Ghana. Most recently, she completed Simon Faulkner’s Rhythm2Recovery training and has been facilitating therapeutic drumming sessions with therapists in the Tuscaloosa area.

Jennifer just completed a six-year term serving on the Percussive Arts Society World Percussion Committee and served as the Secretary of the Alabama Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society from 2012-2015.