Early Childhood Music


CSA Faculty BurkhartApril Camden Burkhart, MM, BM

On faculty since 2013


  • MM, Northwestern University
  • BM, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

About April Camden Burkhart

April received her BM degree in Piano Performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and her MM degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University where she remained for 12 years teaching early childhood music and serving as an evaluator and mentor to young piano teachers in the pedagogy program.

Along with more than 25 years of experience teaching both private and group piano lessons and her considerable expertise as an active accompanist and performer, April brings to CSA her deep desire to pass on her love of music to those whom she teaches. She truly delights in seeing her students grow in their knowledge and enjoyment of music and also seeks to help them develop a heart for sharing the blessings of music with others.

Additionally, April enthusiastically serves as a church musician and is devoted to teaching future generations how to skillfully use their musical gifts in worship. Her students have advanced to become important members of various church music ministries and many of her graduates have gone on to pursue music in college. April treasures her role in guiding and training young people to become solidly equipped, well-rounded, excellent musicians and teachers.


CSA Early Childhood Music CODA Faculty Kathy CatheyKathy Cathey, BME

On faculty since 1994


  • BME, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

About Kathy Cathey

Kathy Cathey received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wheaton College, with further studies in cello performance at the Mozarteum and further studies in Music Education at the Orff Institute, both in Salzburg, Austria. Kathy has been teaching Early Childhood music classes at the Community School of the Arts (CSA) since 1994, and is certified in both Kindermusik and Musikgarten curricula. Kathy’s previous experience includes teaching in two elementary schools and at a Montessori preschool. She is part of CSA’s outreach program, CODA, and regularly travels to Africa and refugee camps in Vienna, Austria to work with children living in poverty.


CSA Faculty OuradaCarol Ourada, BME

On faculty since 1979


  • BME, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas
  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
  • American String Teachers Association

About Carol Ourada

Carol's studio consists of primarily cello students of all levels with some violin and viola students. Her students have performed in master classes at music conferences, soloed with youth orchestras, placed in music competitions, and have been section principals at school and other youth orchestras. Carol teaches string groups, reading classes and coordinates the cello workshop. In addition, she administrates and teaches early childhood music classes and violin in CSA's CODA outreach program.

In 2006, Carol presented at the biennial Suzuki Association of the Americas conference which is featured on the New Teachers portion of the SAA site. In 2007 she was awarded the ASTA Outstanding Studio Teacher of Illinois. She has served on the Suzuki Association of the Americas Board of Directors and was the coordinator for the 12th Biennial SAA Conference. She has presented at numerous national and regional conferences including SAA, ISMTA, and Musikgarten. Carol is a frequent clinician at workshops and Suzuki institutes around the country.

Carol enjoys teaching students of all ages. As a Suzuki parent of two children now in college, she treasures the many ways the Suzuki journey builds character and relationships within the family and extends the gift of music to the community.


CSA Faculty StormAnn Storm, MA, BA

On faculty since 1997


  • MA, University of Iowa
  • BA, Augustana College

Professional Memberships

  • Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

About Ann Storm

Ann teaches toddlers, preschoolers and young children within the Early Childhood program and is the Early Childhood Music Coordinator. Additionally, she is thrilled to be an instructor for CODA (Community Outreach for Developing Artists), serving children in the West Chicago area.

Ann is fully certified in Kindermusik and Musikgarten instructional methods and curricula, and she regularly participates in ongoing education initiatives in those areas. Prior to joining the faculty at CSA, her background included teaching elementary school music (K-8), private voice instruction, and various solo performances with community orchestras and choral ensembles in the Chicago area.


CSA Faculty WilderJoyce Anne Wilder, MM, BM

On faculty since 1997


  • MM, University of Michigan
  • BM, Wichita State University

Professional Memberships

  • Suzuki Association of Americas

About Joyce Anne Wilder

Joyce Anne enjoys teaching Suzuki piano groups, 3 levels of Young Musicians at the Keyboard, both pre-school and kindergarten music classes in the CODA program, and Suzuki recorder groups.

Joyce Anne was a flutist in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 30 years. She was also flute instructor at Southwestern College for 28 years and has been teaching flute for 39 years. She was principal flutist in both the Wichita Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra and the Wichita Grand Opera Orchestra until moving to Chicago in 2008. Most recently, she has performed with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Chicago on their European tour. She is also a music curriculum writer for the Rafiki Foundation in Africa.

Joyce Anne and her husband, Michael - Dean of Arts and Communication at Wheaton College, have eleven children and enjoy performing chamber music with some of them. Joyce Anne loves having the privilege of sharing music with young children.

"I love teaching at CSA because I get to know such wonderful families!  It is such a joy to watch these precious children learn and make progress, as well as have the privilege to be a part of their lives."

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