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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.
Personalized, one-on-one lessons with expert teachers who can meet you wherever you’re at on your musical journey and help unlock your full potential.
Personalized Instruction for Musicians at Any Age
Private music lessons offer the one-on-one attention of a teacher who understands your goals and guides you through personalized mentorship.
In this individual setting, a dedicated Merit teacher can learn your personal talents and challenges, allowing them to guide you in meeting new goals through lessons tailored just for you.
Get in touch today and we’ll connect you with the expert teacher who’s right for you.
Private Lessons by Age
- Jazz Bass
- Jazz Drumset
- Jazz Guitar
- Jazz Piano
- Jazz Saxophone
- Jazz Trombone
- Jazz Trumpet
- Voice (classical, musical theater, pop, and jazz)
What age should your child start music lessons? →
Learn why we recommend introducing kids and teens to certain instruments based on their age.
What Our Students Are Saying
By giving me individualized attention to help address my music needs, gaps, and interests, my private teachers have inspired me, motivated me, and kept me engaged with music while elevating my level of performance and mastery of music.
It’s a real treat to be able to pick up my instrument and play the sounds in my head. I started as someone who knew a few chords, and through guidance in lessons and dedication to practice, I feel I’ve earned the title of guitarist. Private lessons at Merit have helped me to develop real skills and confidence. When people ask me if I can really play, I get excited to show them that I can!
Private Lessons FAQs
How do I register for private lessons?
Registering for private lessons at Merit is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and sometimes 4)!
- Submit an inquiry form
- A program manager will contact you to match you with a teacher
- Confirm your enrollment
- Optional steps (complete at any point during your registration):
Will this be affordable?
We provide financial support through payment plans, need-based tuition relief, and low-cost instrument rental and music supplies, so that motivated students can participate in our programs regardless of economic circumstances.
Do you offer instrument rentals?
Can I change my private lesson schedule?
Yes, if you need to change the day, time, or length of your lesson or add additional lessons, we are happy to accommodate you.
What if I decide to cancel my private lessons?
Students who wish to withdraw from lessons must notify both their private teacher and the private lesson coordinator in writing.
What is the attendance policy for private lessons?
Students are expected to be present and on time for all private lessons. We are unable to provide refunds, credits, or make-ups for any lessons missed by students.
Still have questions? Visit our FAQs page or contact us at [email protected].
Financial aid is available for qualifying students. Learn more about how to apply.
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