Merit School of Music

Music Classes & Lessons

For every instrument, age, and skill level, Merit’s expert team of teaching artists is here to guide you on your musical journey.

Learn Music from the Best Teachers in Chicago

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Merit provides a wide array of music programming options from introductory instruction to advanced training for students of any age, instrument, or skill level.

We offer both individual lessons and group classes, including opportunities to perform with an ensemble of other Merit students.

As a Merit student, you receive personal training and encouragement every step of the way from experienced teaching artists—providing the best music education in Chicago.

Music can play a critical role in a young person’s education and personal development. It’s even linked to higher test scores in math, science, and English—all while providing a creative outlet, an opportunity to make friends, and the sense of pride that comes with musicianship.


*This discount is only available to new Merit families and can only be used once. Cannot be combined with other discounts or financial aid. Valid on Early Childhood and Instrument & Vocal Music group classes only.

The Right Music Program for Every Student

One-on-one training from an experienced teaching artist who will encourage and inpsire you

From small group classes to ensemble performance, discover the fun of playing music together

There’s still time to join select summer camps

Choose Your Instrument

Including brass like trumpet or trombone, woodwinds like flute and clarinet, and percussion

From classical and jazz, to flamenco, rock, and beyond

Master the 88 keys from classical to pop

Including cello, violin, viola, and bass

Including solo training and choral performance

Need an Instrument?

Our Music & Instrument Library hosts an inventory of more than 1,300 high-quality instruments as well as all supplies a young musician needs—strings, reeds, instrument cases, and more. Merit students are able to rent instruments for a low monthly fee.

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Why Do Students of All Ages & Experience Levels Choose Merit?

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Our 40+ Year Reputation for Excellence

As a nationally accredited music school with over 40 years of helping students reach their full musical potential, you can be confident you’re in good hands.

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The Best Music Teachers in Chicago

Merit’s passionate and highly experienced teaching artists are some of the best in the region. Parents and students alike say their teachers are what they enjoy and appreciate most about their Merit education.

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A Diverse & Welcoming Community

Music lovers come to Merit from every Chicago neighborhood and background (from over 139 zip codes!) to learn, dream, and make music together.

What We've Heard

What I like most about Merit is the amount of help and support the teachers are willing to give you.
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The Merit team is responsive, communicative, supportive, encouraging, and understanding. These are the kinds of mentors I want raising my children!
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Make Music with Merit!

Whether you’re the parent of a budding musician or a student yourself, you can sign up today to begin your journey with Merit’s dedicated team of music teachers.

Need help picking the right option? Contact us at [email protected].

Additional Resources

Financial aid is available for qualifying students. Learn more about how to apply.

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