Welcome to the Chicago Campuses!

The Music Institute of Chicago is proud to have partnerships with both St. James Cathedral and with Fourth Presbyterian Church Gratz Center, to offer music lessons and classes to students in downtown Chicago.


St. James Cathedral

65 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL  60611


Gratz Center

Fourth Presbyterian Church

126 East Chestnut Street

Chicago, IL  60611



Music Moves Me |  Registration is still open!  

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church



Suzuki Samplers (ages 4-6)
Group classes in cello, flute, guitar, piano and violin!

Begins Tuesday, November 5 >>


Instruction is available for students of all ages and ability levels and is offered by our experienced and dedicated faculty for the following instruments:  piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and guitar. Suzuki instruction and musicianship classes are also offered to enhance your child's musical education.  All students registered for private lessons at MIC receive deeply discounted musicianship clases as an added value to their private lesson experience.


The Music Institute of Chicago experience begins with a personalized placement interview.  At this meeting, we will answer your questions about MIC and provide information about our offerings and school policies. Most importantly, the interview gives us the opportunity to learn about the personality, learning style, interests and goals of each student so that the best student-teacher match may be found.  




Campus Director, Marie Alatalo


Administrative Assistant: 847.905.1500, ext. 120


Student Recitals 

Regular recital opportunities are provided for students at the Chicago campuses These performances are free and open to the public.  





Dr. Ruti Abramovitch
Dr. Marie Alatalo
Dr. Ilya Friedberg

Dr. Soo Young Lee
Weiwen Ma
Mio Nakamura 
Marianne Parker



John Glew | Davis King | Jasmine Lin
Nobuaki "Aki" Tanaka  | Addison Teng



Dr. Daniel Hoppe



Katelyn Lee | Ryan Lustgarten | A.J. Wester



Suzanne Hannau



Barbara Drapcho



Jacinda Ripley



Jeremiah Benham



Mio Nakamura


Music Moves Me

Kristen Regester



Suzanne Hannau






Music Institute Teacher Spotlight on Joel Spoelstra, guitar
Teacher Spotlight on Joel Spoelstra, Suzuki guitar

"I listen to a huge array of music that ranges from classical guitarists, such as one of my all time favorites Julian Bream; to experimental guitarists like Derek Bailey; and to jazz players like Joe Pass, Django Reinhardt, and Marc Ribot."