Ms. Clara

As the daughter of 2 symphony musicians and a 5th generation musician, music has a deep and profound place in Clara D’Onofrio’s heart. In addition to “Ms. Clara’s” lifelong musical training, she has also earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University. She feels so blessed to have found a career that allows her to combine her passion for music with her knowledge of early childhood development. Ms. Clara is dedicated to living a life full of joy, laughter, love, and fun!

“I knew from day one of my daughter’s “mini musicians” class that Ms. Clara was extremely bright, talented and professional.  This class was BY FAR the most enriching of the enrichment classes in which we partook. Ms. Clara’s love of music is evident in her spirit and teaching style. She utilizes her beautiful voice and an assortment of instruments in teaching the children an array of musical terms and concepts.” – P.M., mom of one mini musician

Ms. Amy

With a Masters in Elementary Education and a B.F.A. in Music & Theatre Performance, Amy has combined her passion for the arts and her love of children to serve as an educator for numerous schools, theatres and artistic businesses for over 15 years. She is a firm believer in the benefit and power of arts education, and offers warmth, creativity and energy to students of all ages. She happily joins Ms. Clara’s team and looks forward to making learning Joyful and fun!

Ms. MacKenzie

With a heart for community and hosting spaces for artistic engagement, MacKenzie is honored to work with Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians! She holds a B.A. in Community Art & Theater and has experience as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and as a yoga instructor. Singing in choirs all her life, MacKenzie resonates with finding community through song as it brings us together in beautiful and unexpected ways. She receives immeasurable joy from the children she is privileged to teach and continues to spread that same joy as we sing songs together!

“This past session we had music class with Ms. MacKenzie. When signing up for classes I noticed that she was a new teacher and I wasn’t sure if we should sign up for one of her classes or not. I’m glad that we did! One thing I noticed right away about Ms. MacKenzie is that she is always smiling. Her calm and upbeat tone and demeanor create a positive learning space for children and their families. She is a genuinely happy person, which makes music with Ms. MacKenzie a fun and enjoyable experience for all!” – C.Y., mom of one mini musician

Ms. Melissa (sub / birthday parties)

Having been blessed with an early childhood music education herself, Melissa Larson is very excited to be sharing this gift with the next generation of children. From founding her college vocal jazz ensemble to singing professionally for the Chicago Honey Bear’s Production Company, she has a rich musical background. Melissa is endlessly inspired by the joyful and loving spirit of children and is grateful to be combining this love with her passion for singing and the gift of sharing her heartsong in her hometown.

I have been taking my three year old son to Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians for about a year and he loves it. Our teacher is Ms. Melissa at the Oak Park location and she is very sweet and has a beautiful singing voice. My son always wants to give her a hug when it’s time to leave.– S.A., mom of one mini musician

Ms. Amanda (sub / birthday parties)

As a certified music teacher and early childhood teacher, Amanda is thrilled to be able to combine her two passions at Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians. Amanda has been singing since she could make sounds, and is an active musical theatre performer around the Chicago area. By day, she works in a kindergarten classroom, and incorporates music wherever possible. She looks forward to getting to share in the joy and enthusiasm that children bring to musical expression!

Ms. Katherine (sub / birthday parties)

Music has been a lifelong passion of Ms. Katherine’s and she feels blessed to have joined Ms Clara’s Mini Musicians in 2013. She holds a Master’s Degree from Jane Addams College of Social Work and specializes in working with Children and Families. Fostering a classroom environment which promotes community ties and family memories is important to Ms. Katherine. She feels fortunate to be able to give back to the neighborhood she grew up in through building a joyful setting for early childhood development.