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 Winter Term 2019

The winter Kindermusik term starts Saturday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 28, 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.

Tuition: $290 (15 week class + home materials)
Theme: "Hickory, Dickory, Tickle, & Bounce" and "Rhythm of My Day" 
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Shinohara

Mondays, 3:20-4:05 p.m.
Instructor: Jia-Yee Tang

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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.

Tuition: $290 (15 week class + home materials) 
Theme: "Fiddle-Dee-Dee"
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

(Please indicate a first and second choice for time on your application.)

Saturdays, 8:45-9:30 a.m.
Instructor: Amy Shinohara

Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. 
Instructor: Stephanie Sylvester

Saturdays, 9:40-10:25 a.m.
Instructor: Amy Shinohara

Mondays, 4:20-5:05 p.m.
Instructor: 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.

Tuition: $300 (15 week class + home materials)
Theme: "Cities! Busy Places, Friendly Faces"
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Instructor: Jennifer Merry

Saturdays, 10:30-11:15
Instructor: Jia-Yee Tang

Saturdays, 10:35-11:20 a.m.
Instructor: Amy Shinohara

Mondays, 5:20-6:05 p.m.
Instructor: 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.

Tuition: $345 (15 week class + home materials)
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Jennifer Merry

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

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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.

Tuition: $345 (15 week class + home materials)
Location: Ryan Center for the Musical Arts

Course time/instructor:

Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Pat Heineman-Vernon

Saturdays, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Instructor: Pat Heineman-Vernon

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Kindermusik Faculty

Kindermusik Coordinator

847-467-4739

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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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Pat Heineman-Vernon

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Patricia Heineman-Vernon has been teaching music to young children for over 30 years. She has a B.A. degree in music education from Mundelein College. She has been a licensed Kindermusik® educator since 1992 and was named a Kindermusik® Maestro in 2002 and 2003 for her success in sharing the Kindermusik® experience with large numbers of families. She is director of the Center for Musical Development in Skokie. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Guild of Piano Teachers and has formerly served on the faculties of the Wheaton College Suzuki Program, Mundelein College, the Suzuki Music Academy of Chicago and the Jack Benny Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Heineman-Vernon is a guest clinician at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan every summer. She is continually attending workshops and conferences to learn as much as possible about early childhood music. She is the mother of two children, a cellist, and a trombonist.

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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 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.

Pat Heineman-Vernon

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Patricia Heineman-Vernon has been teaching music to young children for over 30 years. She has a B.A. degree in music education from Mundelein College. She has been a licensed Kindermusik® educator since 1992 and was named a Kindermusik® Maestro in 2002 and 2003 for her success in sharing the Kindermusik® experience with large numbers of families. She is director of the Center for Musical Development in Skokie. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Guild of Piano Teachers and has formerly served on the faculties of the Wheaton College Suzuki Program, Mundelein College, the Suzuki Music Academy of Chicago and the Jack Benny Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Heineman-Vernon is a guest clinician at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan every summer. She is continually attending workshops and conferences to learn as much as possible about early childhood music. She is the mother of two children, a cellist, and a trombonist.

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.


Calendar

January 19
First day of winter term - Saturday classes
January 28
First day of winter term - Monday classes