Merit School of Music

Play Your Heart Out This Summer

Make memories with Merit’s line-up of music camps, classes, and more

Our Mission

Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

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Our Music Programs

For more than 40 years, Merit School of Music has offered students the highest-quality music instruction from the best music teachers in the region, both at our West Loop music center and schools and community centers across Chicagoland. We offer group music classes and private lessons for music lovers of every age and skill level—absolute beginners welcome!

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Merit By the Numbers

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Why Choose Merit?

Wondering if Merit is the right music school for you or your child? Here’s why students of all ages and experience levels choose us.

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Our 40+ Year Reputation for Excellence

As a nationally accredited Chicago music school with over 40 years of helping students reach their full musical potential, you can be confident you’re in good hands.

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The Best Music Teachers in Chicago

Merit’s passionate and highly experienced music teachers are some of the best in Chicago. Parents and students alike say their teachers are what they value most about their Merit education.

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A Diverse & Welcoming Community

Music lovers come to Merit from every Chicago neighborhood (139 zip codes to be exact!) and background to learn together, dream together, teach each other, and broaden their horizons.

What's Happening?

Gala 2024 is only days away, but there's still time to support Merit.

See 300+ students perform together at Stringtacular!

Registration for Summer 2024 at Merit is now open!

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