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Our Teachers

Meet our joyful teachers!

Ms. Clara

Director

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

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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 love of music, movement, and teaching made this her ideal place of work. She is so excited to be joining the joyful team!

Ms. Katherine teaches all classes on Friday mornings. 

“We love music class with Ms. Katherine! My two-year-old daughter jumps for joy when I tell her it’s music class day. We love all the songs and stories, and especially love playing the instruments! Ms. Katherine is joyful, warm, and engaging.” - Camille C., mom

Ms. Nina

Nina is so excited to be able to pursue her passions of music, children, and teaching at the Brookfield Academy of Mini Musicians!  She has taught preschool, nannied for children, and has two young children of her own with whom she has loved sharing the joy of music. Nina has enjoyed singing in different Chicagoland choirs and performing with many different theatre companies. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in music from Concordia University in River Forest.  She can’t wait to share her love of music with little ones!

 

Ms. Nina teaches all classes on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, as well as Monday afternoons / evenings. 
 

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Ms. Susan

Having dedicated her professional life to musical and performing pursuits, music education has figured prominently in Susan’s work. She has taught music from Kindergarten through college level and conducted a number of children’s choirs, instructing pre-schoolers through high schoolers in singing, handbells, hand chimes and percussion instruments. Susan has an infectious enthusiasm and a capacity for storytelling through music that appeals to young and old alike. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and created a video series for children that can be found on youtube.  Susan is so excited to become part of the family at BAMM and can’t wait to make music!!

 

Ms. Susan teaches all classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  

Ms. Clare

Music has always been an important part of Clare's life starting at a young age. Clare is a board certified Music Therapist with a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University and has also completed classes in infant & child development. She has worked with infants, toddlers, and children in multiple settings including schools, summer camps, and hospitals. She enjoys leading music groups that incorporate fundamental skills such as cognition, movement, communication, and socialization. Clare is thrilled to be teaching at the Brookfield Academy for Mini Musicians and looks forward to teaching, singing, dancing, and having fun with her students!

Ms. Clare teaches all classes on Saturday mornings. 

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