SUMMER COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES: Beginning June 1, Merit will be instituting new COVID protocols, including moving to masks recommended for all visitors. Current COVID protocols remains in effect through May 31, with the exception of a few special events. READ MORE »

Our Programs

At Merit School of Music, we provide a distinctive music education pathway. Our programming continuum consists of five major areas, which students may join at any stage, including Early Childhood, Group Classes (Instrumental & Vocal Music), and Private Lessons.

Merit’s programming continuum begins and concludes with two signature programs—Merit Music in Communities, an in-school music education program; and the audition-based Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory, which requires and represents the highest level of achievement.

Music and playtime for newborns, toddlers, and young children

Small group instruction and ensembles for kids and teens of all skill levels

Private instruction for students of all ages, instruments, and skill levels

Camps, classes, ensembles, and workshops to keep students engaged while school is out

Tuition-free program for the best young musicians from Chicagoland and beyond

Transformative music education in schools and community centers across the city

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