I love what I do.
Helping children Bond with their "tall aSSIStantS" and with each other THROUGH muSic iS my paSSion.
Nicole Rodin JaworSki
Hi! My name is Nicole and I am a musician and mama living in Evanston, IL. I am a trained classical singer with degrees in Vocal Performance from Rice University and the New England Conservatory of Music. After spending years traveling the country singing opera, I returned to the Chicago area and began to explore additional ways to bring joy, healing and growth to others using music. This pursuit led me to a study of music therapy and, once my son was born in 2015, led me towards teaching early childhood music.
I spent 4 years creating and growing the early childhood music program at Evanston's beloved play-space, Gather but sadly, once the pandemic hit, Gather was forced to close. This is when I took the leap to create Jamberry Music. For the last two years, I've been having the time of my life growing my own business and teaching classes in backyards, parks, park districts, synagogues, living rooms and preschools across the North Shore.
When not teaching, I love running, hiking, cooking, playing and exploring with my husband, 2 young kids and dog.
Liana is a Chicago-land Mezzo-Soprano who has a wide array of performing and interactive musical experiences. She is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Grant Park Chorus, and has performed with companies including Thompson Street Opera, Third Eye Theatre Ensemble, Utah Festival Opera, and Opera for the Young. Liana also sings daily with the Songs by Heart Foundation, using Music Therapy techniques to make music with people living with Dementia. When she isn't singing, Liana loves hiking, making candles, and watching movies with her husband Dimitri and their cat Rhaegar. Liana holds degrees from Northwestern (MM) and UMass Amherst (BM.)
At Jamberry Music, we believe that the most important goal of early childhood music is to foster a love of music in our little ones and expose them to some of the many ways they can engage with music. Music is something to be interacted with. Something we can truly experience and live in no matter our talent or experience. In our classes, we introduce children to the language of music while nurturing and encouraging their natural musical tendencies and instincts. All humans are inherently musical and if we encourage that natural tendency from an early age, all children will grow into adults with the ability to participate in our musical culture – whether it be clapping along to a beat, singing along with a simple song, or enjoying the sensitive intricacies of a live concert.
Each class is designed with age-appropriate goals in mind. Through structured group music making, your children will experience positive social interaction and learn basic life skills such as turn-taking, self-regulation, following directions and self-confidence. While many of our goals are social-emotional, we of course have musical goals as well. Children will experience steady beat, the differences between high and low and changes in tempo and dynamics. They also develop fine and gross motor skills using our instruments and guided movement.
At Jamberry Music, our classes are process oriented. There are no wrong notes or rhythms. No matter what their participation looks like, we celebrate their effort and openness and lovingly make space for any fear or timidity.
A word on behavior / expectationS
Kids this age are distractible and have lots of energy. It is okay and expected that your child may get up and want to play with a stuffed animal or a truck during class. Generally, the more the adults stay involved, the more likely children are to come back and continue to participate. Also, just because a child may not appear to be listening, does not mean they’re not soaking it all up! Distractibility is age appropriate and not in the least bit discouraging. They are still learning!
What Grown upS are saying
"I love her songs and her smile, Mama!" My children have been attending Nicole's music classes since they were babies. My three year old daughter has grown up with Nicole as her music teacher, and she has been such a wonderful teacher and inspiration for her. Within this time span, I've seen my daughter's love of music, songs and instruments greatly expand. All of Nicole's classes are engaging, fun, heartfelt, and supportive. To me, what sets Nicole's music apart from other music classes is her genuine love for the children. She has an unbelievable connection with them, whether in person or virtually. My children are hooked from the beginning of the class all the way until the end of the class, which is very difficult to do!
- Julie, Evanston
Nicole is incredibly engaging and talented! My 2-year-old is transfixed by Nicole's musical ability and playful interactions during virtual classes. Nicole uses vivid expressions and interactive props to keep children interested and learning. My daughter is learning how to keep a beat, hop like a bunny, and count to 10- all thanks to Nicole! We just love her class.
- Jenna H, Chicago
This class really helped us through a very difficult time and I am sure M will be singing some of these songs forever. You really helped me as a mom feel like I was giving her enrichment if only for that 30 minutes once a week and have truly helped foster her love of music. I really felt like you were part of our bubble getting me through and I can’t thank you enough
- Courtney G, Atlanta
As a mother of three, I’ve been to many music classes geared toward children. Yours is easily the best. My kids have a blast every time, and truly, I do as well. You inspire a love of music and create a bonding experience for the parent/caregiver and child.
Nicole is especially gifted at connecting with children. My two older children who are normally shy and slow to warm, were instantly engaged with her and happily participating
- Annie F, Skokie
I love the variety in Nicole's music class: songs with scarves, instruments for the kiddos and parents, songs where we are up out of our seats marching around, she even has a huge drum that the babies each get a turn sitting on while we all sing and bang! So much fun. But I also love that there are some repeat songs so that I can sing along with my daughter. I've been to classes with new songs each week. Most parents don't know the lyrics and we end up just watching the instructor sing by herself. Lol.
- Liz C, Skokie
Nicole is an amazing music educator on top of having a beautiful voice to listen too. She encourages healthy singing through demonstration of her own flawless technique. My little one is already mimicking the healthy, non-screaming vocal sounds and it’s a joy to listen to.
- Donatta C, Indianapolis