Upcoming Events
FREE MIC Performance at the Lincoln Park Zoo December 15, 2018 4:30 pm Celebrate the holiday season with a FREE musical performance at the Lincoln Park Zoo! Trumpet students of MIC faculty member Chris Hasselbring will perform holiday tunes in the Lion House to brighten
Winter Recess begins today! December 23, 2018 8:00 am and goes through Saturday, January 5, 2019

Accessible Arts Program

The Accessible Arts program, through the Institute for Therapy through the Arts, aims to create, deliver, and support educational programming for students allowing them to take part in rich artistic experiences in the least restrictive environment so that all students may learn and love music for life. Accessible arts is the integration of therapeutic techniques, psychological approaches and educational adaptations in order to create the conditions whereby an individual who might be challenged by socioeconomic status, physical disability, mental illness or developmental delay can fully participate in the creative process. 


ITA therapists provide:

  • Assessment
  • Professional Consultation
  • Training
  • Inclusion Support
  • Self-contained and Mainstream Creative Arts groups and ensembles


Often times individuals are interested in pursuing arts education, but might have limitations which impact their ability to learn or function in a typical educational environment.  For this reason, ITA therapists are available to conduct an assessment of "readiness" identifying the level of support one may need in order to recieve arts instruction and the most appropirate enviornment for learning. 


For MIC Families & Students

At the Music Institute of Chicago there is always a place for every individual. In partnership with the Institute for Therapy through the Arts provides 4 free hours of consultative services to all registered students of MIC.  Consultation occurs between an ITA creative arts therapist and the music instructor to ensure the student's success in private or group music education experiences. Additional services might include observations of an MIC lesson or class or direct support within the educational enviornment.  Students and families of MIC are entitled to meet confidentially and privately with anyone on the ITA team to discuss concerns related to music learning and recieve recommendations on how to remediate these concerns.  If all possible accommodations have been maximized in a mainstream experience, families may consider participation in an ITA accessible arts program which are designed to meet the needs of those with special learning needs. 


For Professionals

The job of the arts educator has always been multi-faceted, but it is becoming even more complex with the demands of today’s challenging education environment. For this reason, ITA offers informational workshops and trainings shaped to meet the needs of the school district, the special educator, the arts educator, or all of the above.  Therapists are available to observe classes and offer recommendations for accomodating special learners, adapting arts-based curriculums and can provide individual consultation.  Training topics include:

  • Identifying Special Learning Needs: Beginning the Dialogue with Parents
  • An Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Special Education System
  • Exceptions or Exceptional: Teaching Children with Special Needs
  • Teaching the Arts with Intention in the Early Childhood Classroom

For more information about programs and services, contact:

Jeffrey Wolfe

Accessible Arts Coordinator


2019 Suzuki Winter Workshops

Violin, viola, flute and guitar registration deadline: January 5 Cello registration deadline: February 2