Level 1 (ages 4-5):
Wednesdays with Miss Brenna
Level 2 (ages 5-8):
Tuesdays with Miss Katie
Winter Semester: 10 weeks, January 13-March 20
Spring Semester: 10 weeks, March 30-June 5
Minimum 4, Maximum 10
Tuition Per Semester:
$200 – Includes music, songbook, materials, online videos and more
Prorated if you begin mid-term
Drum fee your first semester (djembe drum required): $40
Mattix Music Studio – Located at the Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs – 5140 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558
What is Rhythm Kids®?
Rhythm Kids classes for pre-K and early elementary students tap into how children this age are wired to learn, with music games, animal rhythm stories, and lots of stomping-flying-climbing fun.
In each weekly class, we drum, sing, move, and play to rhythms inspired by musical traditions around the world.
As your child learns to think and create like a musician, they’ll also gain valuable skills they’ll take to the elementary school classroom and beyond: confidence, focus, leadership, cognitive flexibility, and more.
Reserve your spot today!
What will students do in class?
Rhythm Kids classes are designed to help children develop their rhythm skills and gain a deeper level of musical understanding, preparing them for formal music instruction.
- Learning drumming patterns through playful animal-themed rhythmic chants
- Experiencing and improvising with new repertoire using a range of percussion instruments
- Ensemble and solo singing and drumming
- Playing dynamic group and partner music and drumming games
- Engaging in group movement activities and folk dances
- Creating imaginative movements, improvising patterns, and sharing ideas with the group
- Learning to take charge and lead others (like a conductor) as well as listen respectfully and follow peers/teacher when it is their turn to lead
What ages can participate?
Level 1: Ages 4-5
Younger students will be appropriately challenged in our Level 1 classes. Parents are encouraged to attend. Level 1 students receive:
- Rhythm Kids® Level 1 CD and download code
- Rhythm Kids® Level 1 songbook with activities
- 6 Interactive online video tutorials, accessible through our app Hello Everybody
Level 2: Ages 5-8
Older students will have a little more challenge in our Level 2 classes. Parent are invited to attend but not required. Level 2 students receive:
- Rhythm Kids® Level 2 CD and download code
- Rhythm Kids® Level 2 songbook with activities
- 12 Interactive online video tutorials, accessible through our app Hello Everybody
Do we need a drum?
Your first semester will include a new djembe drum that your child will receive at their first class ($40 drum fee). The drum is yours to keep and perfectly sized for a 4-8 year old. Practice at home with our cool online videos. We provide a classroom set of drums so you don’t need to bring it with you to class.
In class, students will learn drumming patterns adapted from or inspired by multicultural drumming traditions. About half of our class time is spent drumming and the rest is spent singing, dancing and exploring other aspects of our music.
Do parents stay or drop off kids?
Parents are welcome to decide what is best for their child – to stay or to drop them off. If your child needs extra help with their behavior, please stay for class. We ask that one parent stays in the room each week as the assistant, so plan on volunteering for one or two weeks. Level 1 parents are encouraged to attend to help their 4-5 year olds. Level 2 parents are always invited but not required. We have found most parents want to stay during class because it is so much fun to watch and parents learn almost as much as the kids do!
What if I have younger kids with me?
Parents with younger siblings are welcome to wait and play in one of our other classrooms while their Rhythm Kid is busy at work. If your little one can handle watching class without being too disruptive, we encourage you to sit in class so everyone in the family can soak up the great rhythms and musical development.
What if we miss a class?
We offer unlimited make-up classes within each Rhythm Kids semester. Simply fill out our online make-up class form and come to another class time, up to 10 visits each semester as space allows.
Katie Mattix, director
Miss Katie has been a fun-loving Music Together® teacher and director since 2013. She is also a registered Suzuki violin and piano teacher and specializes in early childhood education. Katie has a bachelor and master’s degree in violin performance and pedagogy and enjoys playing viola and piano, as well. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, going to the opera, and making music with her family.
Contact Katie at Katie@mattixmusic.com.
Brenna Boncosky, teacher
Originally from the Chicago area, Brenna received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She is also compleated Certification I through Music Together. Brenna has enjoyed a successful career as a voice teacher, performer, and nanny over the last several years. More than anything, Brenna loves bringing her love and knowledge of music to children and families through teaching Music Together and Rhythm Kids.
Contact Brenna at Brenna@mattixmusic.com.