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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!

Share your love of music with other adults

  • Meet a friendly, vibrant, and supportive community of adult music learners
  • Take advantage of passionate, professional, and dedicated faculty attuned to working with the unique needs of the adult student
  • Choose from a comprehensive set of offerings including private lessons, group classes, small and large ensembles
  • Enjoy deeply discounted musicianship classes, three complimentary tickets to all MIC-sponsored concerts at Nichols Concert Hall, and free master classes featuring renowned visiting artists
  • Perform at beautiful Nichols Concert Hall and throughout Chicagoland
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Offering the Flexiblity Busy Adults Need

We know you've got a lot on your plate! Choose the lesson package that works to meet your goals and schedule.

Adult Private Lesson Packages

# of Lessons Lesson Length Tuition Reduced Tuition
20% discount (weekdays before 3:30 pm)
4 30 min $265.60 $212.48
8 30 min $531.20 $424.96
17 30 min $1,128.80 $903.04
4 45 min $370.00 $296.00
8 45 min $740.00 $592.00
17 45 min $1572.50 $1258.00
4 60 min $474.80 $379.84
8 60 min $949.60 $759.68
17 60 min $2,017.90 $1,614.32

Discounts

  • Adults (age 19+), taking a private lesson before 3:30 pm Monday - Friday in MIC studios, receive a 20% reduction in tuition.
    This discount does not apply to special rate faculty.
     
  • Senior Citizens (age 65+) receive a 15% discount on private lessons.

Get Started Today!

Complete a short inquiry form and a campus director will follow up with you shortly to learn more or schedule a placement meeting.  Our Campus Directors will take time to learn about the personality, learning style, interests and goals of each student so that the best student-teacher match can be arranged. In addition, we will answer all your questions and provide more information about our offerings and school policies.

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MIC adult students at Nichols Concert Hall

Summer Camps for Adults

Piano at Nichols Concert Hall

Adult Piano Camp: June 13-16, 2024

Enjoy a long weekend piano intensive in a fun and supportive environment. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to study and meet adult pianists at all proficiency levels!

Location:  Evanston East and Winnetka campuses
Registration Deadline:  May 15, 2024 (registration may close sooner if capacity is met)
Prerequisite: at least two years of piano study
Tuition: $550
Director: Elaine Felder, Piano Department Chair

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Daily Schedule

Thursday, June 13 - Evanston
5:00 – 6:00 PM  Camp Orientation followed by a Meet & Greet with wine and cheese
6:00 – 7:15 PM   Faculty Recital at Nichols Concert Hall
7:30 – 9:00 PM  Dinner at Reza’s (walking distance from Nichols Concert Hall)

Friday, June 14  - Winnetka
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM  Private and semi-private lessons, assigned practice time, interactive symposium, and performance classes

Saturday, June 15 - Winnetka
9:00 am – 5:00 PM  Private and semi-private lessons, assigned practice time, interactive symposium, and performance classes    

Sunday, June 16 - Evanston
12:45 – 3:00 PM   Student Sound Check at Nichols Concert Hall    
3:00 – 5:00 PM    Closing Student Recital at Nichols Concert Hall        

Camp Components for Each Participant
•    Faculty recital: Thursday, June 13
•    Dinner on Thursday, June 13
•    Three 60-minute private lessons - June 14 and 15 (each with a different teacher)
•    Two semi-private lessons, each with two participants, one each day - June 14 and 15
•    Assigned 1-2 hours of personal practice daily - June 14 and 15
•    One large group symposium
•    Two performance workshops (maximum 8 participants in each) - June 14 and 15
•    Lunch on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15
•    Final student recital in Nichols Concert Hall: Sunday, June 16, 3 – 5 pm

For additional details or a complete schedule, please contact piano department chair, Elaine Felder.

Small Ensembles for Adults

Chamber Music

Explore the rich and varied chamber music repertoire through weekly coachings and enjoy regular performance opportunities in informal settings and through community outreach, recitals at beautiful Nichols Concert Hall in downtown Evanston twice a year, and chamber music master classes are hosted by MIC for participants. MIC's Chamber Music program is available for string, piano, woodwind, brass, harp, guitar, percussion, and voice students.

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Jazz Studies

Jazz Combos & Improvisation

Roots & Rock

Bluegrass Ensemble
Music Institute Klezmer Ensemble (MIKE)

Large Ensembles for Adults

MIC Concert Band-adult brass and percussion

MIC Concert Band

Timothy Cook, Conductor

The Music Institute of Chicago invites you to join the MIC Concert Band, an ensemble designed for adults of all ages. The band rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and participants also receive a weekly sectional. Members of Music Institute of Chicago's Concert Band find this experience to be enjoyable, healthful, musically and personally satisfying, and a wonderful opportunity for social interaction. Our Concert Band plays public concerts in MIC's historic Nichols Concert Hall and in local communities. If you played an instrument earlier in life and are ready to take it up again, MIC can help you get back in shape quickly and recapture the excitement of playing music. If you have never played an instrument before, it's never too late to give it a try. MIC's highly experienced staff of professional musicians/teachers will guide you every step of the way from producing your first sounds, through learning to read music, to developing your technical skills to the very best of your ability. This is a terrific opportunity to engage in a low-stress physical and mental exercise, and to meet people and enjoy new experiences in a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere.

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Music Institute Chorale presents a concert of "Romance", March 17 at 3 pm, in Nichols Concert Hall

MIC Chorale

Daniel Wallenberg, conductor | Gregory Shifrin, pianist

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. Since it began in 1987, the Chorale has one continuing goal: to perform the finest sacred and secular choral music with the highest of standards in a community setting.

Under the leadership of Conductor Daniel Wallenberg, the Chorale has developed a wide range of repertoire, including motets, madrigals, part-songs, folk songs, and larger choral-orchestral works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Duruflé, and many others. Throughout the years, the Chorale has collaborated with local choirs and symphony orchestras and has produced two fully costumed Elizabethan madrigal dinners. In addition, the Chorale has collaborated several times with the Music Institute’s voice faculty for concerts of opera and Broadway music.

Concert Dates: December 3, 2023 | March 17, 2024 | June 2, 2024

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We have adult students of all ages, some in their 40's, and even a few around 100 years old. It is remarkable, and is a testament to the fact that these students have found music to be a necessity in their lives.

Larry Eckerling
Conductor, MIC Strings

Campus Directors

Dr. Marie Alatalo
Campus Director, Chicago

Dr. Sung Hoon Mo
Site Coordinator, Downers Grove

Patrick O'Malley
Campus Director, Evanston

Timothy Cook
Lake Forest & Lake Bluff Campus Director

Clem Leek
Campus Director, Winnetka