Kindermusik

Many children are first introduced to music at Northwestern in lively Kindermusik classes, where they explore music through moving, singing, and playing instruments. 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.

Summer 2020 Update: Kindermusik classes are now being offered through an online platform until in-person classes can be resumed. Please contact Amy Shinohara at kindermusik@northwestern.edu for details.
 

Kindermusik virtual class

Summer 2020 Virtual Classes

Level 1 (0-17 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 explore music, touch, sound, and movement. Each session includes digital materials that contain all the songs used in class, a story that can be enjoyed on a digital device or printed and used as a book with Baby, as well as activity suggestions and developmental information for parents to use at home when engaging with Baby.

Big Back Yard

Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 6-27 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Big Backyard
Course time/instructor:
  • Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)
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Family All Around Me

Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 4-25 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Family All Around Me
Course time/instructor:
  • Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
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Level 2 (1½ - 3½ 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 including a CD, a book related to the theme of the unit, and an instrument provide 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 or printed and used as a book with Toddler, as well as activity suggestions and developmental information for parents to use at home when engaging with Toddler.

Silly All Over

Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 6-27 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Silly All Over
Course times/instructors:
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)
  • Mondays, 4:45 p.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)
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Marvelous Me

Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 4-25 (Saturdays) or July 6-27 (Mondays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Marvelous Me
Course time/instructor:
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
  • Mondays, 4:45 p.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)
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Level 3 (ages 3 1/2 - 5 years)

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. Each session includes digital materials that contain all the songs used in class, a story that can be enjoyed on a digital device or printed and used as a book with Preschooler, as well as activity suggestions and developmental information for parents to use at home when engaging with Preschooler.

Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 6-27 (Saturdays) or June 8-29 (Mondays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: In My Garden
Course times/instructors: 
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)
  • Mondays, 5:45 p.m. (Molly Phelan)
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Carnival of Music

Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 4-25 (Saturdays) or July 6-27 (Mondays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Carnival of Music
Course time/instructor: 
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)
  • Mondays, 5:45 p.m. (Molly Phelan)
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Level 4-5 (ages 4 1/2 - 7 years)


Through storytelling, children will develop an early awareness of rhythm, movement, singing, and drama. Each 60-minute 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.

Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 6-27 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $115
Theme: Tell Me a Tale
Course times/instructors: 
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)
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Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 4-25 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $115
Theme: Tell Me a Tale Part 2
Course time/instructor: 
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. (Molly Phelan)
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Kindermusik Summer Faculty

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Amy Shinohara

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kindermusik@northwestern.edu
847-467-4739

Amy Shinohara has been an educator for the past 20 years.  A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication, she is also an accomplished classical pianist.  Amy began teaching Kindermusik classes in Connecticut as a way to combine her passions for education and music.  Her studio grew rapidly and was quickly recognized as a Kindermusik Maestro studio. She moved with her family to the Chicago area 4 years ago, where she received her Master’s degree from Erikson Institute in Early Childhood Education, specializing in children with special needs. She continues to teach preschool to children with special needs and is thrilled to resume teaching Kindermusik at Northwestern University.

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Jennifer Merry

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Jennifer Merry has been on the faculty of the Music Academy since 1989. She holds two Masters Degrees from Northwestern; one in piano performance and pedagogy, and one in music education. She also received an undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University in piano performance. Ms. Merry has been involved with early childhood music for many years. From 1992 to 2006, she coordinated the pre-piano program in the Music Academy and taught a number of classes for 5 and 6 year old beginners. She was also the founder and director for six years of Music Together of Glenview, a family music program for children ages 0 to 4 and their parents or caregivers. Most recently, she taught general music and chorus for five years at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Merry sings alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and also enjoys playing the recorder and ukulele!

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Jia-Yee Tang

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Jia-Yee Tang received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from the University of California, San Diego. Her previous teachers include Virginia Weckstrom, Marcia Bosits, Elizabeth Buccheri and Stefani Walens. She is the recipient of the Dr. Milton H Saier, Sr. Memorial Award from UCSD and the MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award from NU. Past musical activities include attending the Aspen Music Festival and giving a recital featuring the works of contemporary composer George Crumb. She is a member of MTNA and will serve as a board member for 2008-2009. She has been on faculty at the Academy since 2006 and also teaches at the Highland Park campus of the Music Institute of Chicago. In addition to teaching, she remains an active accompanist in the Chicago area, primarily working in collaboration with musicians from Northwestern University.

Amy Shinohara

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kindermusik@northwestern.edu
847-467-4739

Amy Shinohara has been an educator for the past 20 years.  A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Communication, she is also an accomplished classical pianist.  Amy began teaching Kindermusik classes in Connecticut as a way to combine her passions for education and music.  Her studio grew rapidly and was quickly recognized as a Kindermusik Maestro studio. She moved with her family to the Chicago area 4 years ago, where she received her Master’s degree from Erikson Institute in Early Childhood Education, specializing in children with special needs. She continues to teach preschool to children with special needs and is thrilled to resume teaching Kindermusik at Northwestern University.

Jennifer Merry

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Jennifer Merry has been on the faculty of the Music Academy since 1989. She holds two Masters Degrees from Northwestern; one in piano performance and pedagogy, and one in music education. She also received an undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University in piano performance. Ms. Merry has been involved with early childhood music for many years. From 1992 to 2006, she coordinated the pre-piano program in the Music Academy and taught a number of classes for 5 and 6 year old beginners. She was also the founder and director for six years of Music Together of Glenview, a family music program for children ages 0 to 4 and their parents or caregivers. Most recently, she taught general music and chorus for five years at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Glenview. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Merry sings alto in the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and also enjoys playing the recorder and ukulele!

Jia-Yee Tang

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Jia-Yee Tang received her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from the University of California, San Diego. Her previous teachers include Virginia Weckstrom, Marcia Bosits, Elizabeth Buccheri and Stefani Walens. She is the recipient of the Dr. Milton H Saier, Sr. Memorial Award from UCSD and the MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award from NU. Past musical activities include attending the Aspen Music Festival and giving a recital featuring the works of contemporary composer George Crumb. She is a member of MTNA and will serve as a board member for 2008-2009. She has been on faculty at the Academy since 2006 and also teaches at the Highland Park campus of the Music Institute of Chicago. In addition to teaching, she remains an active accompanist in the Chicago area, primarily working in collaboration with musicians from Northwestern University.