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- Group Classes & Ensembles
- Private Lessons
- Early Childhood
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- View by Instrument/Age
- 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.
Ways to Give
Make a difference in the lives of young musicians.
You Can Help with a Donation
We make it easy to donate with a one-time or recurring gift, either online or via electronic transfer.
If you prefer to donate by check, simply make it out to Merit School of Music and mail it to us at:
Merit School of Music
38 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Employer Matching Gifts
Click here to find out if your employer will double your donation!
Or contact development@
meritmusic.org to see if your employer offers a matching gift program.
Gifts of Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds
Your donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds is a great way to make an impact.
Fill out our securities transfer form or contact us at 312.676.3692 or [email protected].
Instruments, Music Supplies, and Other In-Kind Gifts
You can help our students develop as musicians by making a tax-deductible gift of property.
Read about what types of in-kind donations we need and how the process works.
Fulfill your philanthropy goals after retirement with a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA .
Learn more or contact us to get started.
Ensure access to music education for future generations through Merit’s planned giving program.
Music at Merit Makes the Difference
students learn in a diverse community of hardworking peers
of Conservatory graduates go on to college
of students learning at a reduced or no cost
Merit Is a Sound Investment
Merit boasts Candid’s (formerly GuideStar) Platinum Seal of Transparency and a 4-star rating (the highest possible) on CharityNavigator, demonstrating ongoing fiscal excellence.