Kindermusik

Many children are first introduced to music at Northwestern in lively Kindermusik classes, where they explore music through moving, singing, and playing instruments. The focus is on whole-child development, not on musical entertainment or performance. A rich variety of activities promotes music and language development, symbolic thinking, coordination, and social interaction. Age-appropriate sequential classes are offered for children from birth through age seven.

COVID-19 Update

All participants over the age of 2 are strongly encouraged to wear a well-fitting mask for in-person activities. Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, it is possible that some instruction will shift temporarily to an online format. Please contact kindermusik@northwestern.edu with questions.

Spring 2023 Classes

The spring Kindermusik term starts January 28, 2023, and ends May 13, 2023, with May 20 reserved as a make-up week.

Registration Notes:

  • Level 1 and Level 3 classes are currently postponed for spring semester. If you are interested in enrolling a child in Levels 1 or 3, please fill out our Interest Form. We will contact you as soon as registration becomes available for those levels. 
  • Levels 2, 4 and 5 are full. Registration is closed. 

Level 2 (2-3 years with parent/caregiver)

This music-filled class celebrates the unique joys of your growing child. Each week your child will love singing, dancing, and playing instruments with you and their new friends and you’ll love helping them practice a wide variety of abilities such as gross and fine motor skills, turn-taking, social skills, and active listening. In class, we’ll also share tips and ideas for using music throughout the week. Plus, the fun (and learning!) continue with the Kindermusik at Home digital home materials, including music from class, musical activities, and each month’s story. You'll also receive instruments and books to add to your child's collections of these items.

Rhyme Around Town, Pet Parade, Go, Go, Go
Themes: Rhyme Around Town, Pet Parade, Go, Go, Go
Class times: Saturdays at 8:45-9:30 a.m. or 9:45-10:30 a.m. with Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez (FULL)
Dates: January 28 thru May 13, 2023 (15 weeks)
Price: $315


Level 4 (4-5 years with parent/caregiver)

From the moment you became a parent, you wanted the best for your child. In class, we engage your child in music and movement activities that also promote language, social and emotional skills, early math and early literacy, physical coordination, creativity, and more. Plus, your child will learn basic music vocabulary and notation—all setting the stage for future school success and formal music lessons. The Kindermusik at Home digital home materials extend the benefits all week long with music from class, activities for the whole family, and each month’s story. You'll also receive instruments and books to add to your child's collections of these items.

Feel the Music, Drums, Drums, Drums, Sing a Story
Themes: Feel the Music, Drums, Drums, Drums, Sing a Story
Class times: Saturdays at 9:00-9:45 a.m. with Jennifer Merry (FULL)
Dates: January 28 thru May 13, 2023 (15 weeks)
Price: $335


Level 5 (ages 5-6 years with parent/caregiver)

Young Child prepares the young child who is eager for first experiences with musical symbols and instrument discovery but is not yet ready for formal lessons and traditional music reading with an instrument. This is a 4-semester curriculum taught over 2 years. Each class is 60 minutes.

What a Parent and Child Will Experience in Class

  • Singing and vocal development — It may sound like a foreign language when a child sings “ta” and “ti-ti,” but this is the language of professional musicians and composers and getting young children ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
  • Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the practice they need to coordinate their body movements to the sound of music. This kind of musical play not only improves musicianship, but physical coordination as well.
  • Reading and writing — Young children will learn melodic notation and identify pitches such as the C, A, and D notes on the treble clef, plus rhythmic notation. Eventually even composing their own music.
  • Focused listening — Children will learn to identify a range of orchestra instruments and their sound qualities, while also gaining an early awareness and knowledge of composers and masterworks in Western arts tradition.
  • Exploring and playing musical instruments — Authentic percussion, string, pre-keyboard, and woodwind instruments expose children to the many choices for future musical study, and at the same time provide them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

Class time (Year 1 continuation): Saturdays at 10:00-11:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry (FULL)
Class time (Year 2 continuation): Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with Jennifer Merry (FULL)
Dates: January 28 thru May 13, 2023 (15 weeks)
Price: $380


 

Kindermusik Faculty

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Jennifer Merry

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Jennifer Merry serves as Kindermusik coordinator in the Northwestern University Music Academy, where she also teaches private and group piano lessons, and Junior Piano classes. In addition, she maintains a busy piano and vocal studio at her home in Glenview, IL. Ms. Jennifer holds master’s degrees from Northwestern University in piano performance and pedagogy, and in music education. She was the owner of Music Together of Glenview for many years, has taught general and vocal music in public and private schools and has led both youth and adult choirs. Ms. Jennifer is a published writer and has written reviews and articles for Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and Clavier magazines. She also sang alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago for over 10 years. Ms. Jennifer loves to sing, ride her bike, and hang out with her cats Romeo and Rusty!

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Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez

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Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez started playing piano at six and was immediately accepted to the prestigious Music School for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. During Tamara's study at this school, she performed in numerous concerts including several times with the Georgian State Orchestra. 

From 1986 to 1991, Tamara studied piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, earning a master’s degree under the guidance of famous Georgian pianist Nino Chirakadze. 
Tamara then started teaching piano at the college of Instrumental and Performing Art in Tbilisi and continued her performing career in Tbilisi and subsequently in London. 

In 2003, Tamara moved to Paris, where she completed the courses at Conservatoire Supérior de Région de Paris (CNR) under the guidance of famous French pianist Yves Henry. Tamara continued her teaching and performing career in Paris, including as an accompanist in ballet classes at the Russian School of Arts in Paris. 

The highlight of Tamara's teaching career was attending Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon, where her student was invited to take part by maestro Gianluca Marcianò. 

Since Tamara’s arrival in Chicago in 2016, she has been building her teaching and performance business at Domipiano.com. Tamara is fluent in English, French, Georgian, and Russian.

Jennifer Merry

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Jennifer Merry serves as Kindermusik coordinator in the Northwestern University Music Academy, where she also teaches private and group piano lessons, and Junior Piano classes. In addition, she maintains a busy piano and vocal studio at her home in Glenview, IL. Ms. Jennifer holds master’s degrees from Northwestern University in piano performance and pedagogy, and in music education. She was the owner of Music Together of Glenview for many years, has taught general and vocal music in public and private schools and has led both youth and adult choirs. Ms. Jennifer is a published writer and has written reviews and articles for Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, and Clavier magazines. She also sang alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago for over 10 years. Ms. Jennifer loves to sing, ride her bike, and hang out with her cats Romeo and Rusty!

Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez

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Tamara Sarajishvili Dominguez started playing piano at six and was immediately accepted to the prestigious Music School for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. During Tamara's study at this school, she performed in numerous concerts including several times with the Georgian State Orchestra. 

From 1986 to 1991, Tamara studied piano at the Tbilisi State Conservatoire, earning a master’s degree under the guidance of famous Georgian pianist Nino Chirakadze. 
Tamara then started teaching piano at the college of Instrumental and Performing Art in Tbilisi and continued her performing career in Tbilisi and subsequently in London. 

In 2003, Tamara moved to Paris, where she completed the courses at Conservatoire Supérior de Région de Paris (CNR) under the guidance of famous French pianist Yves Henry. Tamara continued her teaching and performing career in Paris, including as an accompanist in ballet classes at the Russian School of Arts in Paris. 

The highlight of Tamara's teaching career was attending Al Bustan International Festival in Lebanon, where her student was invited to take part by maestro Gianluca Marcianò. 

Since Tamara’s arrival in Chicago in 2016, she has been building her teaching and performance business at Domipiano.com. Tamara is fluent in English, French, Georgian, and Russian.


2022-2023 Kindermusik Calendar

Spring Semester

Week 1
January 28
Week 2
February 4
Week 3
February 11
Week 4
February 18
Week 5
February 25
Week 6
March 4
Week 7
March 11
Week 8
March 18
Week 9
April 1
Week 10
April 8
Week 11
April 15
Week 12
April 22
Week 13
April 29
Week 14
May 6
Week 15
May 13
Make-up Week
May 20