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.

Summer 2021 Update

We are so excited to be offering our summer classes in-person on the lawn outside of the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts! Families will be asked to bring their own towel or blanket to sit on and to facilitate social-distancing requirements. All family members (except children under the age of 2) are required to wear masks.

Please contact Amy Shinohara at kindermusik@northwestern.edu with any questions.

Summer 2021 Classes

Level 1 (ages 12-24 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.


Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 5-26 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: I Can Do That!
Course time/instructor:
  • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
Register Online


Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 10-31 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Rain or Shine
Course time/instructor:
  • Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
Register Online


Level 2 (2-year-olds 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.


Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 5-26 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Down on the Ground
Course times/instructors:
  • Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
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Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 10-31 (Saturdays) or July 6-27 (Mondays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: How Do You Feel?
Course time/instructor:
  • Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
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Level 3 (3-year-olds with parent/caregiver)

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 5-26 (Saturdays)
Tuition: $95
Theme: Splash
Course times/instructors: 
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)
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Level 4 (4-year-olds with parent/caregiver)

Classes are 45 minutes long.


Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 5-26 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $95
Theme: Giggles
Course times/instructors: 
  • Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. (Jennifer Merry)
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Level 5 (ages 5-6 years with parent/caregiver)

Through storytelling, children will develop an early awareness of rhythm, movement, singing, and drama. Each 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. Classes are 60 minutes long.

Summer Term - Session I
Dates: June 5-26 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $115
Theme: Tell Me a Tale
Course times/instructors: 
  • Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
Register Online

Summer Term - Session II
Dates: July 10-31 (Saturdays) - 4 weeks
Tuition: $115
Theme: Tell Me a Tale Part 2
Course times/instructors: 
  • Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. (Amy Shinohara)
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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!

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!