The Music Institute of Chicago uses the power of music to educate, inspire and bring comfort to the communities we serve. Through Music as Service, MIC partners with organizations serving the aged, homeless, disabled, sick, or lonely and connects them with MIC student musicians of all ages and levels interested in sharing music as volunteers to those in our community who need music most.
MIC has worked with organizations including Connections for the Homeless, Epiphany United Church of Christ, Meals on Wheels, Glenkirk Next Generational Services, and Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly and continues to develop new partners.
Music as Service
Through Music as Service, MIC partners with organizations serving the aged, homeless, disabled, sick, or lonely and connects them with MIC student musicians of all ages and levels interested in sharing music as volunteers to those in our community who need music most.
Third Coast Suzuki Program
Karin Addis , Chicago Program Coordinator Director
Bianca d’Avila do Prado, Evanston Program Coordinator
In collaboration with YMCA of Metro Chicago and St. John XXIII Parish (Evanston), the Third Coast program provides violin and viola lessons and classes violin to dedicated students on Chicago's West and Northwest side and cello lessons to students in Evanston.
Music for Life: Meet the Composer
Composers from around the world and throughout history come alive through hands-on lessons and live demonstrations by MIC musicians.
Music for Life is a 45 to 60 minute program offering people of all ages a compelling introduction to important people in music history using a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion framework. Each program features a single composer of influence on the world stage.
- LISTEN to a great piece of music.
- LEARN about the composer and the historical and cultural setting of the music.
- EXPLORE the music further with a related visual art, movement, or dramatic activity.
Each program also features interactive games, movement activities, a musical story about the composer and their country of origin, a musical performance of the composer's work by a professional musician, a craft activity, and the chance to try a musical instrument with an MIC faculty member.
Music in the Community
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.