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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Merit School of Music offers solo practice rooms fitting 1-3 people. There are several rooms available to rent with grand pianos, upright pianos, and mirrors. Merit’s West Loop location, a short distance from downtown suburban commuter stations and CTA trains and buses, makes it a convenient destination for anyone in the Chicago metro area.


  • Individual rooms for 1-3 people
  • All rooms have tuned pianos with mirrors available to monitor technique


  • Due to high demand, Merit School of Music requires all requests for practice rooms be made 24 hours in advance.  Please submit a rental inquiry form for fastest response.
  • Practice rooms are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for $15/hour, with a one-hour minimum.