Young Child ((for students: 6 months to 6 years of age)

Prelude welcomes Jung-ah Sombke

Music Academy welcomes a newly trained teacher to its Prelude: Music for Young Children program.  Jung-ah Sombke has just returned from an intensive week focused on early childhood music education held in Minneapolis.

Jung-ah believes that every child is born with great musical potential!  She looks forward to helping parents and caregivers discover and develop that innate ability.  She particularly loves that the curriculum she will use is researched based and successful because it is “truthful rather than emotional.”

Jung-ah brings a great wealth of teaching and parenting experience to Prelude and The Music Academy.  She is the parent of four children who range in age from 8 to 18 (three of whom have studied for many years at The Music Academy.)  She considers herself primarily a pianist, but is also an accomplished violinist and violist.  Previously at The Music Academy she’s taught music reading and theory and has coached various chamber ensembles.

Jung-ah was born in Korea and adopted by American parents when she was 12 years old.  Music education was an integral part of her education in America.  A music education helped shape her life goals, her aspirations and her values.  She says, “Music education is critical in life. It teaches honesty and accountability. It brings things of great beauty into an education. It  affords joy.”

meets weekly on either Tuesday or Saturday mornings and serves children 6 months to six years of age and their caregivers.  Classes begin in September, February and June each year with open registration (call anytime, 815-986-0037)  Cost is $85 for a ten week term.



Love Notes is for children six months to three years of age. Finger play, counting games, vocalization, bounces, tickles and listening experiences build musical and social skills and promote bonding between child and partner.

Kinder Kalliope is for children three to four years of age. The child and partner sing, move to, create and listen to simple chants and songs from a variety of cultures. Parents are encouraged to use music to make learning a joyful, joint and ongoing experience.

Kinder Singers is for children four to six years of age. At this age, children are more ready for precise musical and language acquisition activities. We begin listening for rhythmic patterns, matching pitches, and learning songs where pitch, rhythm, rhyme, melody and tone color are combined in an art form and in an approach to learning to read. The parent is an observer.

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