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

All participants over the age of 2 are strongly encouraged to wear as well-fitting mask for in-person activities. Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, it is possible that some instruction will shift temporarily to an online format. Please contact kindermusik@northwestern.edu with questions.

Fall 2022 Classes

NOTE: At this time, registration is only open for Kindermusik Levels 4 and 5. If you are interested in enrolling a child in Levels 1-3, please complete our Interest Form.

The fall Kindermusik term starts Saturday, September 17, 2022, and ends Saturday, January 14, 2023, with January 21, 2023 reserved as a make-up week. 

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, Playtime, Yum
Class time: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.; Instructor TBD
Price: $315
Interest Form


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 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 9:00 a.m.; Instructor TBD
Price: $315
Interest Form


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 11:00 a.m.; Instructor TBD
Price: $335
Interest Form


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. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $335
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Level 5 (ages 5-6 years with parent/caregiver)

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 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. 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 time (Year 1): Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Class time (Year 2): Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. with Jennifer Merry
Price: $380
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Kindermusik Faculty

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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 master's 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!

Jennifer Merry

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Jennifer Merry has been on the faculty of the Music Academy since 1989. She holds two master's 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!


2022-2023 Kindermusik Calendar

Fall Quarter

Week 1
September 17
Week 2
September 24
Week 3
October 1
Week 4
October 8
Week 5
October 15
Week 6
October 22
Week 7
October 29
Week 8
November 5
Week 9
November 12
Week 10
November 19
Week 11
December 3
Week 12
December 10
Week 13
December 17
Week 14
January 7
Week 15
January 14
Make-up Week
January 21

Spring Quarter

Week 1
January 28
Week 2
February 4
Week 3
February 11
Week 4
February 18
Week 5
February 25
Week 6
March 4
Week 7
March 11
Week 8
March 18
Week 9
April 1
Week 10
April 8
Week 11
April 15
Week 12
April 22
Week 13
April 29
Week 14
May 6
Week 15
May 13
Make-up Week
May 20