Merit School of Music

Private Lessons

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.

Reach Your Full Musical Potential with Chicago's Best Instructors

Summer session starts soon!
June 11 – September 13

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.

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Private Music Lessons by Age

Ages 4+
  • Cello
  • Violin
Ages 6+
  • Piano
Ages 7+
  • Bass
  • Viola
Ages 9+
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Horn
  • Jazz Bass
  • Jazz Drumset
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Jazz Piano
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Jazz Trombone
  • Jazz Trumpet
  • Oboe
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Theory/Composition
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba/Euphonium
Ages 12+
  • 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.
Zahid, 13
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!
Crystal, 27

Private Music Lessons FAQs

Still have questions? Visit our FAQs page or contact us at

How much do private lessons cost?

Private lessons pricing for Academic Year 2023-24:

  • 30-minute lessons: $45 each  
  • 45-minute lessons: $64 each  
  • 60-minute lessons: $82 each
  • 90-minute lessons: $122 each  

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. Learn More → 

How do I register for private lessons?

Registering for private lessons at Merit is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (and sometimes 4 and 5)!

    1. Optional step: Apply for financial aid (Financial aid applications and pre-registration must be submitted before registering for any classes or lessons. Read more about financial aid.)
    2. Submit an inquiry form
    3. A program manager will contact you to match you with a teacher
    4. Confirm your enrollment
    5. Optional step: Rent an instrument

Returning students: Learn how to renew your private lesson package for the next semester.

I'm a returning private lesson student. How do I register for the next semester?

There are three easy steps to renewing your private lesson registration: 

    1. Confirm your schedule with your private lesson teacher within the first few weeks of registration opening. With your teacher, you’ll determine: What day will your summer lessons be? What time? How long?
    2. Student Services will then meet with private lesson teachers, and we will update your private lesson package based on the schedule you’ve decided upon together.
    3. Before the registration deadline, Student Services will send you a personalized link to register for private lessons in SmartRec.

Please feel free to reach out to us at with any questions.

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.

Read more about private lesson policies.

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.

Read more about private lesson cancellations and refunds.

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.

Read more about private lesson attendance policies.

Get Started by Filling Out a Private Lesson Inquiry Form

Additional Resources

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

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