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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The Founding of Merit School of Music

In 1979,  Alice S. Pfaelzer and Emma Endres-Kountz founded Merit to provide Chicago students with transformative access to high-quality music education. This is their story.