In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC’s current recommendations, Merit School of Music has closed the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center and suspended all in-person activities. Virtual options are now available for summer camps, private lessons, Early Childhood classes, and small group classes. We thank you for your understanding and continued support during this unprecedented situation.

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Heroes: Role Models in Music

Mentorship matters!

This year, Mr. Gooden‘s Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy band spent a day speaking, teaching, and playing for younger Merit students — showing them how heroes help us set high goals and reach them.

“They see me, who looks like them, come in and play all these instruments. And they say, ‘Here’s a guy who looks like me doing this, and he’s fun and he’s funny and he’s cool, so I want to do that.’ And so they do.”

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