Merit Music in Communities (MMiC)

Bringing transformative, high-quality music education to schools and community centers across Chicago.

We’re Teaming Up with Schools & Community Centers

Launched in 1984, Merit Music in Communities (MMiC) provides high-quality music education at 30 schools and community centers throughout Chicago. 

In many cases, the MMiC program serves as a student’s first step on a lifetime journey of musical involvement and appreciation. 

Motivated students are encouraged to continue their studies by enrolling in Merit’s group classes and private lessons, or auditioning for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory.

MMiC Impact

MMiC continually engages children and families in underrepresented and often under-resourced communities where the need is greatest and access most limited.

Merit and MMiC have filled this need for tens of thousands of children over nearly 40 years.

Special thanks to the Ralla Klepak Merit Music in Communities Sustainability and Innovation Fund for its generous support of all MMiC activities.

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Merit offers a wide variety of programming options for our community partners.

We work with each school or community center to tailor programming to their individual preferences and resources.

Program Line-Up

MMiC offers group instruction for:

  • General music
  • Band
  • Strings
  • Orchestra
  • Choir
  • World percussion
Ensembles, Group Classes, & Private Lessons

Our most intensive programs provide:

  • Large ensemble rehearsals (band/orchestra/choir)
  • Smaller sectional rehearsals
  • Group classes
  • Individual lessons
Removing Additional Barriers

In order to further reduce financial barriers to music education, in some cases, Merit offers:

  • Low-cost or free instrument rentals
  • Discounted music supplies
  • Transportation assistance
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Interested in Partnering with Merit at Your School?

Give the Gift of Music

Your support helps provide high-quality music education in schools and community centers across Chicago.