In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s current recommendations, Merit School of Music has closed the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center and suspended all in-person activities. Virtual options are now available for summer camps, private lessons, Early Childhood classes, and small group classes. We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this unprecedented situation.

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LEARN. PLAY. BLOOM.

Merit School of Music

provides access 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.

ALICE S. PFAELZER CONSERVATORY

All ages. All tuition-free.

MERIT MUSIC IN COMMUNITIES

School-age children across Chicago.

MERIT By The Numbers

3000 merit music students
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25 community sites
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WHAT’S HAPPENING?

virtual summer camps

Register today for our new lineup of ONLINE music camps, classes, workshops, and electives for students of all ages. These classes are a great way to stay social and creative while you’re at home for the summer.

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Merit students recorded a moving performance of Holst’s Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity in honor of the healthcare professionals and other essential workers who are keeping us safe. Watch it now.

online music classes

Keep your little ones creative and active over the summer with Merit’s online music classes for babies, toddlers, & kids. Sign up today to gain unlimited access to ALL of our online summer music classes for children 5 and under!

GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC.

“Merit has changed my life.

It’s changed the entire trajectory of where I’m going, who I believe I am. Merit has given me these opportunities, this vision, this hope for a better dream of myself.”

 

OSCAR, PIANO, FRESHMAN AT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

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