Adult Studies

Whether you are learning an instrument for the first time, returning after a long hiatus, or just wanting to brush up your musical skills, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) welcomes you!


The MIC Advantage:

  • A passionate, professional, and dedicated faculty attuned to working with the unique needs of the adult student. No matter your interest - private instruction, group classes, or ensemble experience. 
  • Enjoy free tickets to world-class performances at Nichols Concert Hall as an MIC student and gain access to workshops and master class opportunities.
  • Community!  Share your love of music with other adults, relax, and make new friends in a friendly, vibrant setting.

For information about flexible private lesson registration packages and discounts for adults, click here »


Adult Group Classes
From musicianship and music appreciation listening clubs, to group guitar or ukulele, to viol technique and repertoire, we have something for you!

Adult Ensembles at MIC
Community Symphony | Larry Eckerling, director
The Community Symphony is an orchestra for adult musicians who have the skills to contribute to a symphony orchestra at an intermediate level and who want music making to be a part of their lives. It is an educational orchestra, where rehearsing symphonic literature is aimed primarily for the value of learning and enjoyment in the rehearsal setting. REGISTER NOW »
Quartet Strings | Larry Eckerling, director
Quartet Strings is an intermediate level adult ensemble focusing on playing the string quartet literature of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and others. REGISTER NOW »
Music Institute Chorale (by audition) 
Daniel Wallenberg, director
Please contact Patrick O'Malley for more information or to reserve an audition time.
The Music Institute Chorale is a community chorus that provides an opportunity for adult singers with prior experience to study and perform the best in sacred and secular choral music. Celebrating more than 30 years in production, the Chorale has one continuing goal: to perform the finest sacred and secular choral music with the highest of standards in a community setting.  Performances take place at Nichols Concert Hall. REGISTER NOW »

New Horizons Band (for adults, ages 50+) 
Paul Hefner, director
Designed for adults age 50 and up, the band rehearses twice weekly. A great opportunity to meet new friends and build your musical skills, the New Horizons Band plays public concerts in MIC's historic Nichols Concert Hall and throughout the community. This band offers an opportunity for beginners through advanced students to take their instrumental skill and passion for music to the next level.

New Beginnings Band | Paul Hefner, director
New Beginnings Band is designed for those returning to their instrument after a long break. Focus is on tone production, reading music, and playing in a small group setting. REGISTER NOW »

Play it Again Swing Band | Paul Hefner, director
The Play it Again Swing Band gives musicians of all levels the opportunity to play and perform jazz standards. Focusing on different styles and periods of jazz, members will play and analyze songs based on their current skill level and achievable goals.