EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC. EXCELLENCE IN LIFE.

Merit School of Music

removes barriers to high-quality music education so that all children can experience the transformative power of music.

OUR PROGRAMS

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Newborns – 8 years

PRIVATE LESSONS

Ages 4+

GROUP CLASSES

Ages 4+

SUMMER CAMPS

All ages. By experience.

TUITION-FREE CONSERVATORY

All ages. By audition.

MERIT MUSIC IN COMMUNITIES

School-age children across Chicago.

MERIT By The Numbers

70%-financial-aid
30-partner-sites
100%-TFC-grads
1000-instruments-rented

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

cmpi merit music school

We are looking for 12 additional high school musicians to complete CMPI’s inaugural 2019-20 cohort group. Apply today!

Hear how Merit helped Oscar, Daniel, Irene, and Daniela forge their identities and pave a path toward happy and fulfilled futures.

early childhood merit music

We’ve added a NEW! Early Childhood session just for you. Sign up today for late summer at Merit, running 8/17 – 9/19.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE AN ORCHESTRA.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP

For 40 years, Merit School of Music has been known as “Chicago’s best kept secret.”

With your help, we can be known simply as “Chicago’s best.”

We ask all of our friends and followers to give within their means to support our mission, whether by donation, volunteerism, or telling their neighbor about Merit.

Make a gift. See a concert. Share a video on social.

Thank you for believing in our students! They appreciate your support.