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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. Sidney

Singing and making music were some of Sidney’s first memories, and they’ve been active passions in her life ever since. She has been teaching privately since her college days at Elmhurst College. She currently is a private voice teacher and performs with musical groups around the Midwest. As both a music teacher and a singer, Ms. Clara’s team was a natural fit for Sidney. With both her educational and unique performing experiences, Sidney is both excited and pleased to bring a fun musical experience to children and their families.

“My 3 year old daughter LOVES her class with Ms. Sidney! Thank you to Ms. Sidney for making music class as fun and engaging as ever. My daughter loves all the dance moves and even went to bed singing the songs from class. You truly bring such joy to our lives! Thank you!” -Meg A., mom

Ms. Katherine

Ms. Katherine has a recent degree from Drew University in Theatrical performance with a minor in dance. She has been teaching at a local preschool for the past year and has grown an incredible passion for teaching little ones. She is excited to instill the joys of music and creativity in her students. Her combined loves of music, movement and teaching made this her ideal place of work. She is so excited to be joining the joyful team!

Mr. Andrew

Andrew holds a Degree in music and voice from Elmhurst College, and has been teaching music around the Chicagoland area ever since he graduated! He teaches at John Hersey High school and Glenbrook South High School, but has also taught in Montego Bay, Jamaica and in Brisbane, Australia! Andrew is very grateful to be joining Ms. Clara’s team and looks forward to making some Joyful music!

“My 8 months old loves this class! She started when she was 5 months and seeing her learn through the 10 weeks was amazing. Mr. Andrew is incredibly engaging and personable – the babies just stare at him! We just signed up for our second session. I also love that there is a wide variety of class times (particularly for working parents) and the classes are specific to age. That’s why I happily drive 30 minutes to get there. Highly recommend!” – A. V., 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.