Columbia College Chicago

Early Childhood Faculty

Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker


Early Childhood
Jessica Baker is a dynamic and compassionate music educator whose love and enthusiasm is truly contagious! She can be seen teaching Music Together classes on Saturdays at Sherwood. Born and raised in Minnesota, she earned degrees in both Music Education and English Literature from Concordia Colleg...

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Emmy Bean
Emmy Bean


Early Childhood
Emmy Bean received an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. from Vassar College, with a concentration in Music and Culture. Originally hailing from New York City, she is active as a singer, actor and theater artist in the Chicago area. She writes songs and performs ...

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Liz Chidester
Liz Chidester


Ukulele
My name is Liz, and I moved to Chicago three years ago from the mountains of Virginia! I have been playing my original music and performing in theatre productions throughout the city ever since. Before moving to Chicago, I was singing all over the world with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America...

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Taylor Chwae
Taylor Chwae


Early Chilhood
Dance
Taylor Chwae grew up dancing in Madison, Wisconsin, where she performed with Madison Ballet and was a member of the Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company. While still in high school, Taylor trained with the Academie Américaine de Danse de Paris and Ballet Chicago. Taylor received her BFA in...

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Lexi Fuller
Lexi Fuller


Dance
Lexi Fuller is a Michigan native who currently resides in Chicago. Lexi graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship. While studying at Columbia, she performed in works by Doron Raz, Atalee Judy, Darrell Jones...

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Reece Johns
Reece Johns


Piano
Kids Piano Lab
I graduated with a B.M. in Piano Performance from Columbia College Chicago where I studied piano with Sebastian Huydts. Originally from Louisville, KY,  I enjoy playing in a variety of styles and settings as a freelance soloist, accompanist, and collaborative pianist here in Chicago. I joined S...

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Ronnie Kuller
Ronnie Kuller


Early Childhood
Since completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in 2003, Ronnie Kuller has been working as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator in a variety of contexts. In addition to her work at Sherwood, she is a Musician-in-Residence at Snow City Arts, where she teaches one-on-...

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Emily Michielutti
Emily Michielutti


Piano
Kids Piano Lab
Emily Michielutti graduated with a B.M. in Composition and Piano Performance from Columbia College Chicago where she studied piano with Bette Coulson and composition with Drew Baker. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Emily joined Columbia College as a Teaching Assistant in 2014 and Sherwood Communi...

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Kyle Miller
Kyle Miller


Individual Trumpet Lessons
Exploring Musical Instruments
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Melissa Padgett
Melissa Padgett


Violin
Suzuki Violin
Introduced to the Suzuki Method as an adult, I was very impressed by the joyful nature in which Suzuki students performed music. Probably the most important aspect about music that I would like to share with my students and their parents, is that above all the high standards and hard work it takes t...

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Kristen Regester
Kristen Regester


Percussion
Early Childhood & Kids Classes
Kristen Regester received her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She began her career at Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago in 1999 teaching for both the Early Childhood and Percussion departments. ...

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Rhonda Wheatley
Rhonda Wheatley


Visual Arts
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