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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.