Early Childhood


COVID-19 can’t stop the music! Music and playtime can continue at home for children ages 0-7 with Merit School of Music’s virtual Early Childhood music classes.

Our learning environment is playful, developmentally stimulating, and musically rich. Merit’s Early Childhood specialists incorporate song, chant, movement exercises, and instrument play to develop a child’s imagination, musical awareness, and expressiveness. Your child will have a blast learning the essential musical building blocks and taking their first steps on a lifetime journey of musical appreciation.

Fall classes are back in session, but there are still a few open spots!

Sign up for your preferred Early Childhood class today and get unlimited access to ALL of Merit’s virtual classes until Merit is able to resume in-person programming.

Merit’s Virtual Musical Storytimes are great examples of the engaging, pedagogically-rich programming you can expect from our Virtual Early Childhood classes.

Why Merit?


+ Language and literacy aptitudes
+ Spatial reasoning
+ Fine motor coordination
+ Planning, prediction, and understanding of syntax


+ Music students show better memory, vocabulary, and reading levels over the course of a year
+ Musical children are more likely to pursue higher education


+ Enhanced communication and interpersonal skills
+ Added motivation/ambition
+ Greater self-regulation, discipline, and focus


Your registration supports an AWESOME mission to provide Chicago youth with equal access to music education.

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“Through the pandemic, Merit has been there for us virtually and continues to enrich our lives and keep my littles connected with their class friends. Merit teachers routinely go above and beyond. We love them so much. 18 million thumbs up!”

“Class has definitely helped my child’s gross motor skills. She was pretty quiet before and now she’s running and dancing all over the place. It’s something she looks forward to every week.”

“Music therapy has been greatly shown in studies to help in the development of young minds, and we have seen it firsthand. Ms. Annaeka is great at incorporating not just different types of music, but also baby sign language and basic developmental skills.”

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Browse classes & register

FREE TRIAL CLASS: Trying to decide if music is the right fit for your student?  Contact Ms. Sally to schedule one free trial class before enrolling in the full session.

REGISTER AT ANY TIME: Merit accepts late registrants into classes with open spots even after classes have begun for the session.  Contact Student Services to join a class at any point with prorated tuition for your missed classes.  Subject to class availability.

REFER-A-FRIEND DISCOUNT: Receive $20 off your student’s tuition for each friend you refer who enrolls in Merit Early Childhood classes.  See Student Services for details.

SIBLING DISCOUNT: Receive $20 off your second or third child’s tuition when you enroll more than one student in Early Childhood classes.  This discount does not apply to Ukulele & You! classes.  See Student Services for details.