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We believe music is for everyone.

No matter your musical interests or goals, MIC will meet you where you are and take you where you want to go. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago connects people to music through high-quality teaching, exceptional performances, and important service initiatives that educate, inspire, and build strong, healthy communities.

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Community Music School

Through an extensive array of programs across a neighborhood network of conveniently located campuses, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) provides the highest quality music instruction to thousands of students each year.
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The Academy

The gold standard for training string players and pianists, the MIC Academy is a nationally recognized center for highly gifted pre-college musicians. The Academy provides a comprehensive musical education for students who aspire to be professional musicians.
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Nichols Concert Hall

Each year approximately 15,000 people attend world-class concerts, master classes and workshops, student recitals, special events and more at this architecturally stunning and acoustically magnificent 550-seat performance destination.
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MIC In the Community

MIC's community engagement initiatives traverse socio-economic and geographic barriers to provide equitable access to music education and musical performances. Through a comprehensive and flexible array of programming, the Music Institute reaches people of all ages and backgrounds and builds meaningful musical connections and paths to lifelong learning as a trusted community resource.

Music Institute of Chicago in the Community
MIC Academy 2023 Fischoff Competition Silver medalists

The Pelios String Quartet

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Join MIC this summer for camps, classes, and private lessons. With something for every age and level, you'll want to involve yourself, your children, and the entire family in playing and enjoying music with MIC this summer!
Competition & Award Winners Announcement
Please join us in congratulating violinist Julian Rhee, an Academy Alumnus and former student of Almita Vamos, on receiving the prestigious 2024 Avery Fisher Career Grant!

Looking for a summer music program? See what MIC's Academy students are up to this year!

For our Academy students, the music doesn’t stop when the season ends. Our students take the summer as an opportunity to...

What’s Happening at MIC

MIC in the Community: Wilmette Sidewalk Sale

Chicago Duo Piano Festival: Student Recital

Summer Jazz Jams