Merit School of Music

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