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.


Classes

Kindermusik Fall Term 2019

The fall Kindermusik semester starts Saturday, September 7, and Monday, September 9, and runs for 15 weeks.

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Foundations (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. 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.

Fall Term

Tuition: $300 (15 week class + home materials)
Theme: Feathers & Do-Si-Do
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.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. Non-crawling infants are welcome, however all other attendance by siblings needs prior approval of the coordinator.

Fall Term

Tuition: $300 (15 week class + home materials) 
Theme: Wiggle & Giggles
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 8:45-9:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)
Saturdays, 9:40-10:25 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
Mondays, 4:55-5:40 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. Parents and siblings join in the last 15 minutes of class. 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.

Fall Term

Tuition: $300 (15 week class + home materials)
Theme: See What I Saw
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)
Saturdays, 10:35-11:20 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
Mondays, 4:00-4:45 p.m. (Jia-Yee Tang)

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Level 4 (ages 4 1/2 - 6 years)

Level 4 introduces the child to reading and writing music, which is reinforced by playing the glockenspiel. These activities are integrated with singing and moving games as well as creating and playing of additional percussion instruments. Home materials include a carry bag, glockenspiel, folder, worksheet, CD, and games bag. Note: Level 4 is not offered during the summer term. 

Fall Term

Tuition: $355 (15 week class + home materials)
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m. (Stephanie Sylvester)
Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)

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Level 5 (5 1/2 - 7 years)

Level 5 for children 5 1/2 - 7 introduces the child to a two-stringed dulcimer in the fall and a soprano recorder in the spring term. Note reading is continued with the use of both of these instruments and also includes additional glockenspiel work. Ensemble activities are introduced related to the themes of the United States, Pacific Islands, Europe, Africa, and Central America. In addition, the folk songs and dances of these different cultures are also introduced. Level 5 is a continuation of the Level 4 class. The Level 5 class builds a secure foundation and bridge to private instruction. Home materials include a folder, games bag, CD, dulcimer (first semester) and recorder (second semester), along with a new folder, games bag, and CD. Note: Level 5 is not offered during the summer term. 

Fall Term

Tuition: $355 (15 week class + home materials)
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Stephanie Sylvester)

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Kindermusik Faculty

Kindermusik Coordinator

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Amy Shinohara

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Kindermusik Coordinator

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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Stephanie Sylvester

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Stephanie Sylvester received her Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University. During her time at MSU she gained a love for early childhood music classes teaching at the Michigan State University Community Music School. Stephanie has also taught middle school music in Michigan, Oregon, and Florida. In addition to teaching Kindermusik, Stephanie teaches private voice lessons in the North Shore area. Her performance experience includes singing with the MSU State Singers choir under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Reed and Women's Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow. Additionally, she has sung in opera choruses and pop a cappela groups.  Stephanie has traveled in performance tours to Europe, Ohio, Michigan, and New York City. In 2012, she spent the summer studying at the Centro Studi di Carlo della Giacomo in Italy to further enhance her classical music studies. Stephanie is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association and National Association for Music Education. In addition to music, Stephanie enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband, their son, and two dogs.

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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 Coordinator

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!

Stephanie Sylvester

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Stephanie Sylvester received her Bachelor of Music Education from Michigan State University. During her time at MSU she gained a love for early childhood music classes teaching at the Michigan State University Community Music School. Stephanie has also taught middle school music in Michigan, Oregon, and Florida. In addition to teaching Kindermusik, Stephanie teaches private voice lessons in the North Shore area. Her performance experience includes singing with the MSU State Singers choir under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Reed and Women's Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Sandra Snow. Additionally, she has sung in opera choruses and pop a cappela groups.  Stephanie has traveled in performance tours to Europe, Ohio, Michigan, and New York City. In 2012, she spent the summer studying at the Centro Studi di Carlo della Giacomo in Italy to further enhance her classical music studies. Stephanie is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association and National Association for Music Education. In addition to music, Stephanie enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband, their son, and two dogs.

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.


Calendar

June 15
First day of summer term - Saturday classes
June 25
First day of summer term - Tuesday classes
September 7
First day of fall term - Saturday classes
September 9
First day of fall term - Monday classes