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Fine Arts Collective

Giving home-educated children a space to worship, create, and learn.

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We exist to partner with homeschool families to provide their children with a safe, encouraging, God-honoring place where they can learn and grow in a group setting. We recognize that there is an immediate need right now in the homeschool community for enrichment in the fine arts, as well as for a stand-out homeschool cooperative in McHenry County. We are looking forward to seeing this collective grow into something bigger in our area.
We truly believe that your child will leave enriched and inspired. In this current world climate, the arts have the potential to brighten and broaden the mind and heart of children.

We'll be meeting weekly during the school year on Wednesdays from 8:45am to 12pm. Below are semester and daily schedules with details such as start dates, times, holiday breaks, etc. Click to view or download schedules.

Semester schedule
Daily schedule

Currently, we're offering three categories of classes for both younger and older students: Music Appreciation, Worship Choir, and Art Appreciation. To read more about our classes, view the 'classes' section below. In coming semesters, we will be adding private lessons as demand increases, as well as other class categories.

  • There is an Application Fee of $45/year per family.
  • There is a per-family “Building Use Fee” ($90/if paid by semester; $150/if paid in full for the year).
  • Class fees: $10/class per week. For families with multiple children, we offer a 50% discount the cost is only $5/class meeting for each additional child.
  • All fees are non-refundable and a semester commitment is strongly encouraged.

Jerry Berger is a seasoned music educator, with over 25 years of teaching experience at the elementary level. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Millikin University and Master’s in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. A fun fact about Mr. Berger is that he had the opportunity to sing “Sweet Home, Chicago” with Michael Bublé and about 15,000 of his closest friends at the All-State Arena! Click here to watch the video.

Happi Lynn Berger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University. She has taught high school choral music and was also owner and operator of her private studio, Voices Unlimited, for twenty years. She has a passion for choral music and is thrilled to be launching the Light House Fine Arts Collective! She has been married to her college sweetheart Jerry for almost 22 years, and one of her favorite things is to worship the Lord through song with him and their three boys.

Karen Hedberg is wife and mom to two adult children and two dogs. She resides in Cary and attends The Hope Collective (formerly Alpine Chapel) in Lake Zurich since the year 2000. She loves Jesus, children, art, music and animals. Her love for art began as a child delighting in God’s beautiful creation. She hopes to spark the creative spirit she believes exists in every individual, releasing their personal expressions in various forms and techniques.


Music Appreciation

Our degreed educators instruct students in basic musical concepts, music history, composers, and great musical works. We seek to do all things for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) so our curriculum reflects a Christ-centered worldview.

Fine Arts Choir

We believe that singing is an act of worship, and our collective strives to give students the necessary skills they need to develop as young worshipers.

Art Appreciation

We believe that art is a significant part of the creative process, given to us by the Creator Himself. We have plans to offer classes in the future. Please check back for further updates.

Why music education?

We believe that music education is integral to a child’s development. Music is something that can be enjoyed by anyone. It is imperative to start music education as early as possible. Through music, children learn to broaden their imagination and intellectual curiosity. Music in a group setting teaches children the art of teamwork and fosters an appreciation of achievement.

Musical training helps students:

  • develop language and reasoning
  • Gain a mastery of memorization
  • learn to improve their work
  • Increase coordination
  • Develop a sense of achievement
  • stay engaged in school
  • Make good choices
  • Emotional development
  • learn pattern recognition
  • Fine-tune their auditory skills
  • build imagination and intellectual curiosity
  • find relaxation through music
  • develop personal discipline (especially in private lessons)
  • Prepare for the creative economy
  • Develop their creative thinking
  • develop spatial intelligence
  • learn teamwork
  • Build self-confidence
  • To learn more, visit nafme.org

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