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- Why Choose Merit
Individual lessons and group classes for students at any level.
- Community Programs
Bringing accessible, high-quality music education to Chicagoland communities.
- Selective Programs
- Chicago Musical Pathways
The highest level of achievement for Merit students in tuition-free, audition-based programs.
Who we are and what we believe in.
How Merit makes a difference.
Merit's supporters remove barriers to music education, ensuring access for Chicago's youth.
Additional info for current and prospective students.
Give the Gift of Music
Your tax-deductible donation helps transform the lives of thousands of Chicago children by removing barriers to high-quality music education.
Your Gift Makes This All Possible
Music education provides a lifetime of benefits—from the joy of performing with peers, to increased confidence and sense of self, to improved academic results.
With your support, we will continue to do everything we can to open doors for young people through music.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, Merit School of Music is registered as a 501(c)3 organization in the State of Illinois. Merit’s EIN is 36-3028768.
Your donation to Merit is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation that you can use for your tax records.
How do I get my gift matched by my employer?
Click here to find out if your employer will double or even triple your donation!
Or contact [email protected] to check if your employer offers a matching gift program.
Can I donate by check?
Definitely! If you prefer to donate by check, simply make it out to Merit School of Music and mail it to:
Merit School of Music
Attn: Development Department
38 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Need help making your donation?
We’re here to help! For any questions or further assistance, please email [email protected] or call 312-676-3689.
A Sound Investment
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