Press Kit


  • Boilerplate: Merit School of Music is dedicated to helping young people transform their lives by removing barriers to high-quality music education, with nearly 70 percent of students benefiting from need-based financial aid and low-cost instrument rental. Merit enables motivated students, regardless of economic circumstance, to develop their talent and to use music as a springboard for achieving their full personal potential. Learn more at
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  • Videos: Performances, student and alum stories, and more

Quick Facts

  • Founded: 1979
  • Located: Chicago, IL
  • Student size: 2,500
  • Programs: Group classes, private lessons, summer camps, Early Childhood music classes, Conservatory, in-school music programming
  • For ages: 0-100
  • Topics: music education, arts non-profits, classical music, DEI in music education and classical music, early childhood development, and more

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