Helping young creative minds grow…
We firmly believe the studies which show an introduction to the arts at a young age increases such things as cognitive learning, social and personal development, and future professional growth and accomplishments. We also believe it’s a great form of self expression, and just plain fun! Our mission is to introduce the arts to kids in a way that is pressure free, educational, and affordable for the parents encouraging them.
Our Founder and Director:
Julie Maloney has over 20 years of academic and professional experience in music and the arts. Her years of creating art as a “hobby” led her to take a few college courses where many pieces from her classes were featured in various showcases. To this day, she still works on projects using different mediums like pastels, silver-point, and acrylics to name a few. An online portfolio is currently being developed and will be posted soon.
Julie’s passion, music, includes a timeline of playing on pots and pans as an infant, to snare drum in the school band. The drum set came a couple years later, as did private instruction and an entry into the Illinois Music Association’s solo contest where she took first place at age 12. As an adult she traveled for a year playing percussion in various musical projects across the country. In addition to drums and percussion, she is also a self taught guitar player, singer, and song writer. Julie currently plays the piccolo snare, cymbal, and sings in a local rockabilly band.
After working as a nanny for several years, Julie’s love for kids grew, as did her awareness of their natural creativity. In 2005, she became certified to teach the internationally accredited Music Together(R) program and opened her own center in Oak Park, IL teaching early childhood music and movement to kids from birth to age 5. After realizing she wanted to incorporate more of her own style and add something for the little artists as well as the musicians, Julie started working on her own program ideas. The result…JAM N ARTS! Music and art classes that are fun, engaging, and age appropriate.
Our Future Plans:
As we continue to grow we will have classes for kids of all ages, from infants to teens, guaranteed to bring out the creative in your child! We will also be hosting regular art exhibits, recitals, and concerts to showcase everyone’s efforts and bring all the families together to see just how amazing kids’ creativity can be!
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We are always here to help answer any questions you may have. Contact us and your email or phone call will be returned within 24 hrs, guaranteed.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Jam N Arts!