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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.
Selective Music Programs
Audition-based, tuition-free programs serving Merit’s highest achievers.
The Culmination of Premier Music Study
Our selective music programs represent the highest level of achievement in Merit’s instructional continuum.
These audition-based and tuition-free programs are comprised of some of the most talented and dedicated youth musicians in Chicagoland.
Alice S. Pfaelzer Conservatory
Comprehensive youth music program delivering pre-collegiate classes in technique, music theory, ensembles, and more
Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI)
Training program for talented student musicians from traditionally under-represented backgrounds