Welcome to the Chicago Campus!  The Chicago campus is open for in-person lessons at St. James.  The Gratz Center will open this fall. We continue to provide online lessons for those who would like to learn from the comfort and convenience of home!


Please contact Campus Director Marie Alatalo to inquire about lessons with MIC's amazing teachers!



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

Map and Parking info >>


Gratz Center

Fourth Presbyterian Church

126 East Chestnut Street

Chicago, IL  60611


Parking for Gratz Center;   MIC faculty and students may receive green card validated parking on weekdays after 5:00 pm at the parking garage located at 900 Rush Street.  The parking rate with a green card is $8.00.   Green cards are available at the Security Desk in Gratz.


Current students register here!



Music Moves Me |  Please contact Dr. Marie Alatalo for more information.





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. Marie Alatalo
Dr. Daniel Baer

Dr. Louse Chan

Weiwen Ma
Mio Nakamura 


Jazz Piano

Fred Simon



John Glew

Davis King

Sang Mee Lee

Jasmine Lin
Nobuaki "Aki" Tanaka

Addison Teng



Katelyn Lee




Suzanne Hannau



Barbara Drapcho



William Baxtresser



Jeremiah Benhan



Mio Nakamura

Dr. Daniel Baer


Music Moves Me

Kristen Regester



Suzanne Hannau


Chamber Music

Sang Mee Lee

Dr. Daniel Baer





Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Series: Summer 2021

Six of the Most Influential Big Bands with pianist Ron Surace Thursday, August 12 at 7 pm >>

MIC Names New Chamber Music Director July 22, 2021 Priority Application Deadline August 1
Special Master Class with Midori April 17, 2021 Academy students perform