Whether you’ve played guitar for years or are just getting started, Merit’s celebrated faculty is here to help you unlock your musical potential. Our students have used their time at Merit to build their musical abilities, go on to attend some of the country’s best music conservatories, pursue careers as teaching artists and performers, and gain the confidence to chase their dreams in music and beyond.
Programs for musicians of all levels
Watch Merit Guitar students in action!
Each year, Merit guitar students of all ages come together to perform in concerts at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, venues throughout Chicago, and online.
Past performances include concerts at the Symphony Center and Millennium Park.
Chicago’s finest guitar faculty
“Merit Guitar camps, classes, and lessons help students reach their full potential as musicians and tap into their creativity. Most importantly, our classes are FUN. Students learn the technical skills needed to be top musicians while developing lasting friendships and a lifelong love of music.”
– Bob Sherman
Guitar Faculty Chair
& Jazz Guitar Faculty Member
Our celebrated teaching artists are working jazz, classical, and pop musicians who have toured nationally, led ensembles, and supported students in achieving ambitious goals. Committed to helping Merit students succeed in music and in life, our Guitar faculty provides students with the immersive training, feedback, and mentorship they need to learn and grow.