Jazz Studies

The Music Institute of Chicago provides students of all ages and levels opportunities to explore jazz through private instruction, combos and improvisation classes.

Private Instruction

Master your instrument! Develop and refine jazz skills through lessons with some of Chicago's finest jazz musicians.  Private jazz lessons available for winds, brass, percussion and strings.

Spring Jazz Combos and Improvisation

Fall group classes & ensembles begin:
Monday, January 28, 2019


Jazz Improvisation

(grades 4-12 & adult)  |  Class 45 minutes 

Tuition:  $120 annual tuition for students enrolled in private instruction or a jazz combo; $258.75 for all others

$30 annual registration fee for new students

Learn to play by ear, increase your knowledge of jazz theory and history, and learn to interpret great jazz recordings. Latin Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Improvisation for Strings also available.  All instruments are welcome.


Jazz Combos

(grades 5-12 & adult)  | Class 60 minutes

Tuition:  $279.75 per 15-week semester

$30 annual registration fee for new students

Improvise in styles including swing, bebop, Dixieland, Latin, modal, jazz-rock (fusion) and contemporary. Emphasis will include a working knowledge of jazz standards, as well as the opportunity to perform original compositions.  Latin Jazz and Jazz Combo for string plays also available. Student placement based on age and level.



Please contact Jazz Studies Director, Audrey Morrison, or call 847.905.1500, ext. 576.

Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Jam Sessions at Nichols Concert Hall
Jazz Jam Sessions!

Jazz Jam Sessions - Summer 2019 Come jam with the best! May 23 | June 10 | July 1 | August 5 | August 26       Jam sessions take place from 6:30-8:30 pm Free and open to the public.  Open to play