Merit School of Music

Music Classes & Lessons

Study at a top Chicago music school where we offer music classes and lessons for kids, teens, and adults

Learn an Instrument at a Top Chicago Music School

Hurry! Last chance to join summer 2024

Save the date! Fall registration opens:

Current families: July 8
To the public: July 15

Merit School of Music provides music programming options for all ages, instruments, and skill levels. We offer private music lessons and group music classes for beginners through advanced students, including opportunities to perform with an ensemble.

As a Merit student, you receive personalized coaching and encouragement every step of the way from our passionate and experienced music teachers.

Music plays 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.


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Discover Music Programs for Kids, Teens, & Adults

Personalized private music lessons from an expert teaching artist who will encourage and inspire you on your musical journey

Make music with peers through small group classes and ensemble performances, fostering collaborative learning and enjoyment

Introduce babies, toddlers, and young kids to the fundamentals of music in our engaging classes tailored for their age group

Our enriching summer programs include 1- and 2-week camps, workshops, special guest artists, and more

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Choose Your Instrument

Featuring brass instruments such as the trumpet or trombone, woodwind instruments like the flute and clarinet, and percussion instruments

Explore a wide range of musical styles, from classical and jazz to flamenco, rock, and other genres

Master the 88 keys, delving into worlds of classical and pop music

Featuring string instruments like cello, violin, viola, and bass, essential for any orchestra

Offering individual vocal training and opportunities to participate in choir performances

Need an Instrument?

Merit’s Music & Instrument Library offers a vast selection of over 1,300 high-quality instruments along with essential supplies for students such as strings, reeds, and cases. These instrument and supplies rentals are conveniently accessible for a low monthly fee.

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Why Students Choose Merit's Music Classes & Lessons

Our 40+ Year Reputation for Excellence​

Since 1979, our nationally accredited music school has been enriching the lives of Chicago’s youth, guiding and empowering students towards realizing their full musical potential. Rest assured, you’re in good hands.

The Best Music Teachers in Chicago

Merit’s dedicated music teachers and artists are renowned for their passion and expertise. Parents and students alike express that their instructors are the cornerstone of their music education journey.

A Diverse & Welcoming Community​

Students come to Merit from all corners of Chicago, representing diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods (over 139 zip codes!), united in their pursuit of musical learning, collaboration, and creativity.

What Do Students & Parents Say About Our Music Classes & Lessons?

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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Start Music Classes & Lessons Today!

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

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