Welcome to the Chicago Campus!  The Chicago campus is open for in-person lessons at the Gratz Center and at St. James.   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 St. James Cathedral and  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! 

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.  




In-person classes at the Chicago Campus!


For Youth: 

Saturdays at 11 AM and 1 PM  in Room 5E at Gratz.  Instructor - Dr. Marie Alatalo 

These classes will continue to use the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Theory books.  Please contact to determine your level.   Please note that additional classes will be offered, if needed, to accommodate different levels and ages.  


For Adults:

Thursdays at 2 PM in the Choir Room at St. James. Instructor - Dr. Marie Alatalo

This class will focus on basic harmony, chord progressions and simple modulations,using the Royal Conservatory books.


Students enrolled in private lessons at MIC are offered Musicianship classes at a greatly reduced cost of $150 per year (materials included).   


For further information, please contact Campus Director Marie Alatalo at  


The Choir School at St. James--Participants receive a 50% MIC tuition scholarship!

The Choir School at St. James Cathedral is accepting auditions for the 2023-24 season. The Choir School offers a free, world-class music education to children in grades 3-9. Through rehearsals, private voice lessons, performances, and fellowship, choristers learn confidence, empathy, and teamwork while building musicianship to last a lifetime. In addition to a small stipend, choristers receive a 50% scholarship toward music lessons at MIC. For more information visit or email Director of Music Stephen Buzard at


Campus Director, Marie Alatalo


Direct Phone:  847. 448-8319

Administrative Assistant: 847.448.8300


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. Louise Chan

Dr. Ann Chang

Devvora Papatheodorou Schreier

Olga Rikova Ridgway

Weiwen Ma



Davis King

Jasmine Lin

Nobuaki "Aki" Tanaka

Addison Teng



Suzanne Hannau



Jeremiah Benham



Dr. Marie Alatalo



Suzanne Hannau


Chamber Music

Dr. Daniel Baer

Addison Teng





2023 Families in Concert - November 5, 2023
Save the Date for Families in Concert 2023!

Sunday, November 5 at 3 pm - celebrating students, teachers, and families!