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

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

Fall 2020 Virtual Classes

The fall Kindermusik term starts September 19, 2020, and ends January 16, 2021, with January 23 reserved as a make-up week.

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Foundations (0-12 months with a parent or caregiver)

Cuddle, bounce, and bop with your baby in Kindermusik’s newest curriculum. Whether your baby is five weeks or five months, this 45-minute class will be perfect for you! With age-appropriate activities for newborns, infants and crawlers, this parent-child music and movement class will help you strengthen those early parent-child bonds, understand your baby’s development, and heavily focus on child development and communication with your baby. You and your baby will enjoy instrument play, dance, exploration time, and together time—and you’ll get expert advice and parenting resources based on the most recent research in baby development.

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: Rise & Shine, Mama Goose, Night Night
Class time: Saturdays at 10:50 a.m. with Amy Shinohara
Price: $300

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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 to be just right 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 right 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 just-right mix of early-childhood vocal play and language development, together time, and 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, Yum!, Playtime!
Class time: Saturdays at 9:55 a.m. with Amy Shinohara
Price: $300

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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 her new friends and you’ll love helping her 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 @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 times: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. with Amy Shinohara; Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with Jia-Yee Tang
Price: $300

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Level 3 (3-4 years)

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 @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 9:30 a.m. with Jia-Yee Tang; Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. with Amy Shinohara
Price: $310

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Level 4 (4-5 years)

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 @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. with Jennifer Merry; Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with Molly Phelan
Price: $310

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Level 5

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 needs 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 times: 1st year class on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry or Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. with Amy Shinohara; 2nd year class on Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. with Molly Phelan
Price: $355

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Kindermusik Fall Faculty

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Amy Shinohara

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kindermusik@northwestern.edu
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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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Molly Phelan

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Molly Phelan joined the Music Academy in 2020 as a Kindermusik instructor. She holds masters degrees in Voice (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Music Education (Northwestern University) and received her undergraduate degree in Music at Lawrence University. She has been a vocal performer across the United States, working with companies including New Orleans Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Virginia Opera. Molly has sung in a choir since she was six and now sings with Church of the Atonement in Chicago. Molly is the choral director at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. 

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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!

Molly Phelan

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Molly Phelan joined the Music Academy in 2020 as a Kindermusik instructor. She holds masters degrees in Voice (San Francisco Conservatory of Music) and Music Education (Northwestern University) and received her undergraduate degree in Music at Lawrence University. She has been a vocal performer across the United States, working with companies including New Orleans Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Virginia Opera. Molly has sung in a choir since she was six and now sings with Church of the Atonement in Chicago. Molly is the choral director at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago. 

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.


2020-2021 Kindermusik Calendar

Fall Calendar

Week Number
Date
Week 1
Sept. 19
Week 2
Sept. 26
Week 3
Oct. 3
Week 4
Oct.10
Week 5
Oct. 17
Week 6
Oct. 24
Week 7
Oct. 31
Week 8
Nov. 7
Week 9
Nov. 14
Week 10
Nov. 21
Week 11
Dec. 5
Week 12
Dec. 12
Week 13
Dec. 19
Week 14
Jan. 9
Week 15
Jan. 16
Make-up Week
Jan. 23

Spring Calendar

Week Number
Date
Week 1
Jan. 30
Week 2
Feb. 6
Week 3
Feb. 13
Week 4
Feb. 20
Week 5
Feb. 27
Week 6
March 6
Week 7
March 13
Week 8
March 20
Week 9
April 3
Week 10
April 10
Week 11
April 17
Week 12
April 24
Week 13
May 1
Week 14
May 8
Week 15
May 15
Make-up Week
May 22