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Mini Mozarts instills early passion for music

By on September 27, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Three little ones gathered in a circle around teacher Suzanne Haubein recently as she navigated them to the start of their music lesson.

“OK, why don’t we start out with a song? Are you guys ready?” the Columbia woman asked.

The kids watched her eagerly but gave no nods or verbal indicators as she began exercising her vocal chords.

“Dalton’s here today! Dalton’s here today! Let’s all clap our hands and say, ‘Hip hip hooray!’” Haubein repeated until she had included everyone in the class. 

The students who were in attendance are part of Hilltop Learning Center at Christ Community Lutheran Church in Columbia. In 2015, Haubein began her business of teaching music to children ages 3-5, with her first classes at the daycare.

She has since expanded Mini Mozarts to include classes for children who are homeschooling in Waterloo and Columbia, as well as at Columbia Kinder College, Children First Learning Center in Waterloo, and the Monroe County YMCA.

She began offering classes at the Y this fall.

“We’re growing at a comfortable rate for me,” Haubein said, adding that she runs the business only on a part-time basis.

Two spots remain at the YMCA, with classes taking place from 9:15 to 9:55 a.m. on Tuesdays. Go to or for more information, or email

Haubein also noted that children not in the previously mentioned daycares can participate in her classes if those daycares approve…>>>

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Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years.