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Summer Camps & Classes


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

Everyone knows making music is fun and enjoyable, but did you know music education also benefits your child’s brain, physical and mental health, and general well-being? In fact, the impact of music on a child or teen’s development is more than twice that of sports, theater, or dance!

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.


At Merit, we’re doing everything possible to keep you safe and healthy during in-person instruction!

→ Read about the steps we’re taking at

Merit School of Music Strings Students

Options for all ages & experience levels:


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


Join other young musicians from across Chicagoland for a fun & exciting two weeks filled with group rehearsals, practice tips, and chamber music. Choose from camps for band, choir, and orchestra!


Sign up for summer camps, classes, ensembles, and private lessons today

Questions? Browse our FAQs or email [email protected] to learn more about Merit’s summer programs.