Education Partnerships

Proven Design
Since 1992 ArtsLink has worked with teachers, schools and non-profit partners in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to deliver high quality arts integration curriculums and music instruction through K-12 residencies, workshops, sectionals, and professional development.

Highly Qualified Faculty
ArtsLink programs are created and taught by experienced educators utilizing the best practices in arts education. ArtsLink teaching artists have advanced degrees in the arts as well as significant classroom teaching experience.

A Comprehensive Fine Arts Curriculum and Innovative Framework
ArtsLink programs focus on skill development in each of the arts modalities: music, drama, dance/movement, and visual art while providing opportunities for collaborative learning and social development. Using multi-week residencies in schools and visits from MIC ensembles in residence, ArtsLink works with classroom teachers to cultivate connections between the arts and other subjects such as science, language arts, and social sciences to further the academic goals of educators. From musicals about multiplication, to symphonies about the rain forest, ArtsLink teaches the arts and teaches through the arts.


For more information contact: Matt Boresi, Director of Arts Integration

Third Coast Suzuki Strings

In collaboration with YMCA of Metro Chicago, the Third Coast program provides an education in the violin to dedicated students on Chicago's West and Northwest side.

Karin Addis and Carrie Anselmo, Program Directors.

MIC Artists in Residence

The Artists in Residence program at the Music Institute brings world-class musical artistry through concerts, master classes, and workshops to schools and the general public. The 2020-2021 roster includes:

Community Partnerships 

MIC is committed to engaging a diverse community with music at all levels. MIC maintains partnerships with a number of organizations in order to deliver a variety of music programs to families at no cost. Program are offered at area libraries and community centers and provide a great interactive introduction to music.


Music for Life

Composers from around the world and throughout history come alive through hands-on lessons and live demonstrations by MIC musicians.


Instrument Petting Zoos

Explore, touch, and play musical instruments with MIC's award-winning faculty.


Meet the Instrument

This interactive children's program introduces a musical instrument with a story, movement activities, musical performance, and opportunity to try the instrument.


Musikgarten Samplers

Sample this early childhood music and movement program designed for ages birth-6 year and see how musical play can forge the bond between parent and child and build language, listening, and social skills.


Open Houses

Meet MIC faculty and staff, try a variety of musical instruments, and see MIC students perform.