Summer Camps & Classes


Turn up the music with Merit’s line-up of summer camps, classes, & ensembles!

With options for all ages, instruments, and experience levels, summer at Merit is a great way for kids and teens to stay social and creative while school is out.

Your child will have the chance to study with some of the best music educators in the region while having fun and making friends with young music lovers from across Chicagoland.

Save $40* now through March 31 with code EARLY40.

*This discount is only available through March 31. Discount CAN be combined with financial aid, but cannot be combined with other discounts. Valid on Early Childhood, summer camps, and Instrumental & Vocal Music group classes only. Not valid on workshops or private lessons.

Options for all ages & experience levels:


Is your young musician ready to pick up a new instrument? Our beginner-friendly programs give aspiring students a creative outlet, and are a fun way to learn to read music and build strong practice habits.


Make friends, memories, and beautiful music this summer! Camp Merit brings all of Merit’s large ensembles together—band, choir, and orchestra—for 2 fun-filled weeks.

During camp, your child will build skills during rehearsals and have the opportunity to try something new in our engaging elective classes that range from West African Drumming to Songwriting.

Pick the best option for your child:

  • Band Track
  • Choir Track
  • Orchestra Track

+ After camp childcare available! Registration required.


Merit offers a wide range of instruments for every age and skill level to learn and grow through music.

Not sure how to choose an instrument for your child? Here’s a helpful guide we put together to find the right fit!


Wondering if Merit’s summer programming is right for your child? Here’s why music lovers of all ages and experience levels choose us.

The Best Music Teachers in Chicago

Merit’s passionate and highly experienced teaching artists are some of the best in the region. Parents and students alike say their teachers are what they enjoy and appreciate most about their Merit education.

Jumpstart a New Instrument

Summer is a particularly great time for beginners to pick up an instrument since they aren’t contending with school and homework. Beginners have the time to build strong practice habits and Merit’s fun, supportive environment boosts excitement for their newfound talent.

Prevent Learning Loss & Enhance Skills

For more experienced musicians, continuing music instruction over the summer prevents them from losing the gains they made with their instruments or voice during the school year. They can also build new skills and get creative with their music-making.

Have Fun & Make New Friends

For both new and experienced musicians, a relaxed summer can mean having more fun with music while making friends with young musicians from across Chicagoland.

→ Learn more about the benefits of music-making over the summer in this Chicago Parent article.

“Merit’s summer program helped my daughter rebuild her confidence and encouraged her to stick with her voice lessons. So happy to have Merit!”

– Casandra, Merit parent

“What I like most about Merit is the amount of help and support the teachers are willing to give you.”

– Karina, Merit student

“The Merit team is responsive, communicative, supportive, encouraging, and understanding. These are the kinds of mentors I want raising my children!”

– Mary, Merit parent

merit summer camp student