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Individual lessons and group classes for students at any level.
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Bringing accessible, high-quality music education to Chicagoland communities.
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The highest level of achievement for Merit students in tuition-free, audition-based programs.
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Additional info for current and prospective students.
Instrument Library & Rentals
Merit’s Glasser-Rosenthal Library supports our students with a catalog of circulating sheet music, books, recordings, equipment, instruments, and formal concert clothing. The library houses two computers; a digital piano, listening station, and printer/copier for public use; and an inventory of reeds, strings, instrument accessories.
Library Open Window Hours
Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday: By Appointment
Saturday: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
** Library will also have open hours from 4:30 – 6:30 pm on Monday, September 26.
Library support is always available by appointment! Please email us at least 2 business days in advance to schedule your appointment. Contact us at [email protected].
Instrumental Rental Program | Submit an Application to Rent
Merit’s instrument rental program is administered through the Glasser-Rosenthal Library.
Our rental program is open to students who are currently enrolled and receiving financial aid. Please note that rentals are subject to availability, so you are encouraged to see the librarian about instrument needs soon after completing class registration!
Academic Year 2022 – 2023 Rental Fee = $50 – $200 (sliding scale, based on financial aid)
Library Search Access
You can access Merit’s Glasser-Rosenthal Library catalog at any time here.
Please note you are welcome to search the catalog as a general reference, but if you need something specific, please come to the library to locate the item. (to search by composer, use “author”).