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.

Please contact Jennifer Merry at kindermusik@northwestern.edu with any questions.


Spring 2024 Registration Top

The spring Kindermusik term starts February 10, 2024, and ends May 25, 2024, with June 1 and 8 reserved as make-up days. There is no class on March 23 because of Spring Break.

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Level 1 (12-24 months with parent/caregiver)

Get ready to sing, play, and move with your little one in this high-energy music class designed for very young children. This 45-minute class focuses on your child’s beginning movement, helping to build the muscles your young toddler needs to walk, run, and climb; and on vocal development, helping to nurture your child’s speaking and singing voice. With a mix of both parent-child joint activities and child-focused activities, you’ll be able to join in on all the singing and dancing while also getting the chance to observe how your young toddler learns on his or her own. Experience singing, swaying, laughing, and playing, along with early-childhood vocal play and language development, together time, music and movement activities!

Each semester includes digital materials that contain all the songs and stories used in class, plus fun activities to keep the learning happening all week. You'll also receive instruments and books to begin building your child's collections of these items.


Themes: Way Up High/On the Town with Bear/Big Back Yard
Class time: Saturdays from 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. with Jennifer Merry - CLASS FULL
Price: $330 ($263 with NU discount)


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.


Themes: Silly All Over/Marvelous Me/Up in the Sky
Class times: Saturdays from 8:45–9:30 a.m. OR from 9:45–10:30 a.m. (9:45 CLASS FULL) with Tamara Sarajishvili Dominiquez
Price: $330 ($263 with NU discount)

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Level 3 (3-4 years with parent/caregiver)

Each week in class we combine your preschooler’s natural love of music, storytelling, and imaginative play with age-appropriate activities that introduce early music concepts and foster independence, social and emotional skills, language growth, and self-control. We also connect you with other parents who share in the wonder of parenting a preschooler. The Kindermusik at Home digital home materials bring the music, activities, and each month’s story everywhere you go. The repetition enhances the learning—and the fun! You'll also receive instruments and books to add to your child's collections of these items.


Themes: Carnival of Music/In My Garden/Out and About
Class times: Saturdays from 10:00–10:45 a.m. with Hannah Sobelman - CLASS FULL
Price: $350 ($280 with NU discount)


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.


Themes: Dance with Me/All Keyed Up/Sounds Abound
Class times: Saturdays from 9:00–9:45 a.m. with Hannah Sobelman - CLASS FULL
Price: $350 ($280 with NU discount)


Kindermusik Musicians (formerly Young Child) (ages 5-7 years with parent/caregiver)

Kindermusik Musicians 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 helps young children get ready to read and write simple rhythm patterns.
  • Movement — See children dance expressively to music, giving them the opportunity 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 they will even compose 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 the 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): Saturdays from 9:00–10:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry - CLASS FULL
Class time (Year 2): Saturdays from 10:15–11:15 a.m. with Jennifer Merry - CLASS FULL
Price: $395 ($315 with NU discount)


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Community student prices for the 2023-24 Academic year are listed.
Northwestern Affiliates receive a 25% discount on tuition. (See Northwestern Affiliates below)

Kindermusik classes follow the 15-week semester schedule (2 semesters per year: Fall and Spring). Summer session prices may vary.

Tuition Rates

Kindermusik Class Name

Community

NU Affiliate

Level 1

$330

$263

Level 2

$330

$263

Level 3

$350

$280

Level 4

$350

$280

Kindermusik Musicians (Year 1)

$395

$315

Kindermusik Musicians (Year 2)

$395

$315

Northwestern Affiliates

Northwestern Affiliates receive a 25% discount on their tuition as part of their benefits package.

Eligible Northwestern Affiliates include:

  • Full-time benefits-eligible Northwestern employee (faculty or staff)

  • Spouse and dependents of full-time benefits-eligible employees

  • Full-time Northwestern students

Note that visiting scholars and Northwestern hospital employees are not eligible for tuition benefits in the Academy. Please check with HR Benefits if you are unsure of your eligibility.

Tuition Payment Policy

All tuition and fees are due to the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.

  • The Kindermusik Coordinator will process registration and email billing notices a few weeks prior to the start of each semester. Billing notices will provide links to the payment pages and list payment deadlines.

  • Payment is due in full before the first class of the semester. No books or materials will be distributed until payment is made. Missed classes will not be made up.

  • Credit/debit card payments (Visa/Mastercard/Discover/AmEx) are accepted on the Academy’s payment webpages. There are no convenience fees for credit/debit card transactions.

  • Checks are no longer accepted.

  • Music Academy tuition is non-refundable.

Contact the Kindermusik Coordinator, Jennifer Merry at kindermusik@northwestern.edu.


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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 is a longtime member of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the oldest musical organization in the city, which presents a variety of concerts in and around Chicagoland. Ms. Jennifer loves to sing, ride her bike, and hang out with her cat Romeo.

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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.

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Hannah Sobelman

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Hannah graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Bachelor of Music Performance in saxophone with a minor in jazz studies. She recently moved to Evanston from California to pursue her master’s in music education at Northwestern University. During her time at USC, she was involved with several different music education and general education programs. In her sophomore year she became a part of the “Thornton Community Engagement Program,” where music majors go out into the community of Los Angeles and provide free music education to schools and students who have limited access to it. This included providing private lessons on saxophone and clarinet to high school students, and general music appreciation classes to elementary school students. During her time in Los Angeles, she also became a K-12 general-ed substitute teacher. This experience allowed her to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as become skilled in creating lesson plans.

The types of ensembles she has participated in include Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet and Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Ensemble, the USC Marching Band, and Musical Theatre Pit Orchestras (the last being her personal favorite!). In the marching band she was a squad leader for the Tenor Saxophone section and had responsibilities such as running sectionals, teaching new players one-on-one, and organizing social gatherings. She also enjoys composing for short films and for pleasure.

Hannah has enjoyed the new Midwest journey thus far. She is currently student teaching at New Trier High School and plans to become a K-12 accredited music educator in the spring of 2024. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, going to the farmers market, and discovering the crazy weather of the Midwest that is nonexistent in California.

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 is a longtime member of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the oldest musical organization in the city, which presents a variety of concerts in and around Chicagoland. Ms. Jennifer loves to sing, ride her bike, and hang out with her cat Romeo.

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.

Hannah Sobelman

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Hannah graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with her Bachelor of Music Performance in saxophone with a minor in jazz studies. She recently moved to Evanston from California to pursue her master’s in music education at Northwestern University. During her time at USC, she was involved with several different music education and general education programs. In her sophomore year she became a part of the “Thornton Community Engagement Program,” where music majors go out into the community of Los Angeles and provide free music education to schools and students who have limited access to it. This included providing private lessons on saxophone and clarinet to high school students, and general music appreciation classes to elementary school students. During her time in Los Angeles, she also became a K-12 general-ed substitute teacher. This experience allowed her to teach students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as become skilled in creating lesson plans.

The types of ensembles she has participated in include Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Saxophone Quartet and Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Ensemble, the USC Marching Band, and Musical Theatre Pit Orchestras (the last being her personal favorite!). In the marching band she was a squad leader for the Tenor Saxophone section and had responsibilities such as running sectionals, teaching new players one-on-one, and organizing social gatherings. She also enjoys composing for short films and for pleasure.

Hannah has enjoyed the new Midwest journey thus far. She is currently student teaching at New Trier High School and plans to become a K-12 accredited music educator in the spring of 2024. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, going to the farmers market, and discovering the crazy weather of the Midwest that is nonexistent in California.