Teaching Artist, Musicianship
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. After gaining her Music Together ® certification, Kristen developed curricula such as Percussion 4 Kids ©, Exploring Musical Instruments ©, and BE the Music! © for children ages 3-6. In 2003-2007 she first started working for ChiME teaching various early childhood classes. Since 2008, she has been working administratively both as the Early Childhood Program Manager as well as her current role as Children’s Program Chair at Sherwood/Columbia. She was very excited to return to ChiME in the fall of 2016 to teach in the General Music Program.
A percussionist, drummer, dancer, and singer, Ms. Regester has been actively involved in many different rock, blues, and drum theater bands across the Chicago-land area. As an educator, she has been very influenced by the foundation of Music Together ®, believing that all children are musical. Her most recent passion is studying towards her Dalcroze Eurhythmics certification at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. A kinesthetic music education approach, Dalcroze Eurhythmics explores the principles of music utilizing the body as the main instrument. She is very passionate about working with children and adults who are differently-abled, and finds that music is the bridge connecting her to them.