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.

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


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Summer 2024 Registration

The summer Kindermusik program at Northwestern is divided into two sessions:

Session 1: June 8-29, 2024
Session 2: July 6- 27, 2024

For the most up-to-date class availability, please see the registration form, below.
Register for Summer 2024

Fall 2024 Registration

The fall Kindermusik term begins Saturday, September 14, 2024, and ends Saturday, January 11, 2025, with January 18, 2025 reserved as a make-up week. (No classes on November 30, December 21 or 28.)

For the most up-to-date class availability, please see the registration form, below.
Register for Fall 2024


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

This 45-minute class is a lovely way for babies and parents to interact. Multi-level activities that are appropriate for each stage of a baby's development give lap babies, crawlers, and walkers a chance to experience music, touch, sound, and movement. Home materials include an instrument and a family guide related to the theme of the unit which provides additional ideas for sharing the class experience at home. Each session includes digital materials that contain all the songs used in class, a story that can be enjoyed on a digital device, as well as activity suggestions and developmental information for parents to use at home when engaging with Baby.

Family All Around MeSession 1: June 8-29, 2024
Theme: Family All Around Me
Class time: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)

Hello, Day!Session 2: July 6-27, 2024
Theme: Hello Day!
Class time: Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)


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

A lively 45-minute class that invites parents/caregivers and children to sing, move, listen to and play instruments while enjoying literature. Home materials include an instrument and a family guide related to the theme of the unit which provides additional ideas for sharing the class experience at home. Each session also includes digital materials that contain all the songs used in class, a story that can be enjoyed on a digital device, as well as activity suggestions and developmental information for parents to use at home when engaging with Toddler.

Beach DaysSession 1: June 8-29, 2024
Theme Beach Days
Class times: Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. OR 9:45 a.m. with Tamara Sarajishvili Dominiquez
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)

Go, Go, Go!Session 2: July 6-27, 2024
Theme: Go, Go, Go
Class times: Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. OR 9:45 a.m. with Tamara Sarajishvili Dominiquez
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)


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

Children's imaginations are engaged during this 45-minute class with activities that capture their creativity. Music concepts are experienced through moving, singing, listening, creating, and playing instruments. Home materials include an instrument and a family guide related to the theme of the unit which provides additional ideas for sharing the class experience at home. Each session includes digital materials that contain all the songs used in class, a story that can be enjoyed on a digital device, as well as activity suggestions and developmental information for parents to use at home when engaging with Preschooler.

Wild Animal ParkSession 1: June 8-29, 2024
Theme: Wild Animal Park
Class times: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)

Make BelieveSession 2: July 6-27, 2024
Theme: Make Believe
Class times: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)


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

In this 45-minute class, we engage your child in music and movement activities that also promote language, social and emotional skills, early math and literacy, physical coordination, creativity, and more. Your child will learn basic music vocabulary and notation, setting the stage for future school success and formal music lessons. Children come without parents for the first 30 minutes of class, then parents join the fun for the final 15 minutes. Home materials include an instrument and a family guide related to the theme of the unit which provides additional ideas for sharing the class experience at home. Also included are digital home materials which extend the benefits all week long with music from class, a story, and activities for the whole family.

Jumping BeansSession 1: June 8-29, 2024
Theme: Jumping Beans
Class times: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)

Sing a StorySession 2: July 6-27, 2024
Theme: Sing a Story
Class times: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $110 ($88 with NU discount)


Level 5 (ages 5-7 years with parent/caregiver)

Through storytelling, children will develop an early awareness of rhythm, movement, singing, and drama. Each session features new tales from around the world, explored through multi-instrument and multi-cultural elements. All told, it’s an around-the-imagination adventure of the greatest stories from Europe, Malaysia, South Africa, and more. Classes are 60 minutes long. Home materials include a pair of Lummi Sticks, a book and CD, all packed in a Kindermusik bag.

Tell Me A TaleSession 1: June 8-29, 2024
Theme: Tell Me a Tale, Part 1
Class times: Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $130 ($104 with NU discount)

Session 2: July 6-27, 2024
Theme: Tell Me a Tale, Part 2
Class times: Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $130 ($104 with NU discount)


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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 music class designed to be just right for very young children. This 45-minute class focuses on your child’s beginning movement, helping to build the muscles they need 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. Embark on Kindermusik's fun experience of singing, swaying, laughing, and playing through this mix of vocal play and language development, 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: Big Red Barn, Playtime, Yum
Class time: Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $345 (approximate)


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: Colors & Shapes on the Farm, Family & Friends, Time for Lunch
Class time: Saturdays at 8:45 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. with Tamara Sarajishvili Dominiguez
Price: $345 (approximate)


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: Around the Farm, Home Sweet Home, Outside My Window
Class times: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.; Instructor TBD
Price: $365 (approximate)


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: Jazz Kitchen, Under the Rainbow, Join the Parade
Class times: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., Instructor TBD
Price: $365 (approximate)


Kindermusik Musicians Year 1 and Year 2 (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, and it continues the fun with singing, moving and listening to music from many different cultures. 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 — Featuring folk and play songs from many cultures around the world, singing remains an essential component of each class. With a focus on matching pitch and exploring vocal range, your child will discover their own unique voice in an age-appropriate manner.
  • 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, and eventually will 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 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, at the same time providing them with the opportunity to musically succeed before taking on more formal instruction.

Class time (Year 1): Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Class time (Year 2): Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $410 (approximate)


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Summer 2024

Community student prices for the Summer 2024 session are listed.
Northwestern Affiliates receive a 25% discount on tuition. (See NU Affiliate below)

Session 1

Community

NU Affiliate

Level 1

$110

$88

Level 2

$110

$88

Level 3

$110

$88

Level 4

$110

$88

Level 5

$130

$104

 

Session 2

Community

NU Affiliate

Level 1

$110

$88

Level 2

$110

$88

Level 3

$110

$88

Level 4

$110

$88

Level 5

$130

$104

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.

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.