About Music Institute of Chicago

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that enjoying and understanding music and developing the skills to create and perform music enhance the quality of life and nourish the human spirit.

Our mission is to provide the foundation for a lifelong engagement with music by:


  -  Offering the highest quality music education for all ages and
     levels of ability.
  -  Reaching individuals with music education where opportunities
     are limited.
  -  Supporting lifelong musical learning in every community.
  -  Building upon a proud tradition of developing the
     exceptional performer.


The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music education, striving to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.


The Music Institute of Chicago includes:



The Community Music School:  with a world-class faculty, MIC provides music education for people of all ages and abilities across inner-city sites, satellite locations in Downers Grove and Chicago and five permanent campuses located in Evanston (2), Lincolnshire, Winnetka and Lake Forest. MIC is passionate about the value of music for all people and is committed to providing every student with a comprehensive music education that transforms their lives.  MIC students (ages birth to 102 years) come from neighborhoods across Chicago, and more than 138 communities and seventeen other states.

The Academy: a nationally-recognized program offering the finest and most comprehensive pre-collegiate music education for gifted pianists and string students who have made a commitment to a career in music. 

Public Performance Programs:
are offered in Nichols Concert Hall a magnificently restored and acoustically-exceptional landmark building in East Evanston. These programs provide opportunities for the public to experience world class artists, MIC artists-in-residence and faculty, student and other special events.


Arts Link: is a collection of programs which provide private music instruction, artist residencies, professional development for teachers, community performances and music education scholarships to schools and community-based organizations in Chicago and other low-income neighborhoods.

MIC Soirée II

Join MIC for a festive reception and performances by faculty, all while supporting the ongoing efforts to restore Nichols Concert Hall on Saturday, February 8 >>