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- Why Choose Merit
Individual lessons and group classes for students at any level.
- Community Programs
Bringing accessible, high-quality music education to Chicagoland communities.
- Selective Programs
- Chicago Musical Pathways
The highest level of achievement for Merit students in tuition-free, audition-based programs.
Who we are and what we believe in.
How Merit makes a difference.
Merit's supporters remove barriers to music education, ensuring access for Chicago's youth.
Additional info for current and prospective students.
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
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.
The Right Music Program for Every Student
Choose Your Instrument
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.
Why Do Students of All Ages & Experience Levels Choose Merit?
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.
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.
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.
The Merit team is responsive, communicative, supportive, encouraging, and understanding. These are the kinds of mentors I want raising my children!
Financial aid is available for qualifying students. Learn more about how to apply.
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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.
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