“Comunidad de Alegre” refers to the Alegre Strings programs being taught at multiple sites in the Pilsen neighborhood. The students receive weekly small group instruction in violin, viola, cello or bass.  Students perform at various locations throughout the city of Chicago.


Suzuki-Alegre Strings

With a 10-year history concentrated in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, Alegre Strings is an important component of our comprehensive and inclusive music programming. The Alegre Strings curriculum uses the Suzuki method of instruction while incorporating Latin folk music. The cornerstone of the Suzuki method is that children can learn music in much the same way they learn to speak their native language—through listening, imitation and repetition. The unique Alegre curriculum is a performance-based program, and students are trained as part of an ensemble that performs across Chicago. Parent participation is an integral part of the Suzuki method, so parent attendance is required for the first three years of study.


Open to current students enrolled in the 16/17 academic year. New or beginning students must wait until the fall to register for classes.

Tuesday’s 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, June 27 – August 15
Cost: $15 registration fee payable to “Merit School of Music.”

How to Register 
Step 1: Contact Student Services to retrieve your username and password
Step 2: Click on the El Valor Summer Registration page
Step 3: Add the class to your cart and pay the $15 registration fee
* To register in-person, please visit the Student Services office in room 101 open Monday – Friday, Noon – 5:00 pm. Registration will close on June 19.

For questions, please contact the String Program Manager at 312-267-4472.