Jazz Studies

MIC Jazz Studies Program - Celebrating 10 Years!

The Music Institute of Chicago provides opportunities for students of all ages and levels to explore jazz through private instruction, combos and improvisation classes.  Work with a jazz faculty that includes some of Chicago's most respected jazz musicians as they bring their deep knowledge of both jazz history and the current scene into every class and lesson. 


MIC jazz students become leaders in their middle and high school jazz programs and enjoy performance opportunities at Nichols Concert Hall as well as community venues. Teachers nurture each student's skill and style development as they learn to play by ear and improvise.


Fall Semester Private Instruction begins September 7, 2021

Fall Semester Group Classes, Combos and Ensembles begin September 21, 2021


Questions?  Contact Audrey Morrison, Jazz Studies Director or call 847.905.1500

Private Instruction

Develop and refine jazz skills through lessons with some of Chicago's finest jazz musicians. Private jazz lessons available for piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, drum kit, vibraphone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar and electric bass.

Jazz Combos and Improvisation

Increase your knowledge of jazz theory and history while enhancing your creativity through “playing by ear” on your instrument. The Music Institute offers improv classes for youth (grades 4 and up) and adults. Latin jazz and and jazz for strings are also part of the MIC jazz program. Join a jazz combo and improvise across a variety of styles, learn standards, and perform original compositions.To get started with jazz classes at MIC, please complete the application. 

Fall Jazz Classes - Classes begin on Tuesday, September 21, 2021


Drum Styles Master Class Series (all ages)  60 minutes • $330 • 15 weeks 

Ernie Adams will present six masterclasses exploring six drum styles including the following: Jazz, Latin, Rock, Pop/Hip Hop, Fusion, and Odd Meters. Past participants are encouraged to re-register.  $30 registration fee for new students may apply.

           Thursday 5:00 - 6:00pm            Evanston East Campus          Ernie Adams


Register Now for Virtual Drum Styles Master Class Series - Jazz


Rhythmic Coordination: Make Your Body and Your Music Dance! (ages 10 and up, all instruments)  60 minutes • $300 • 15 weeks

All musicians interested in feeling rhythm more deeply are welcome to this class. Polyrhythms, cross rhythms, and other techniques will be used to improve coordination and rhythmic stability.  $30 registration fee for new students may apply.

          Thursday     6:05pm - 7:05pm    Evanston East     Ernie Adams


Register Now for Jazz Classes at Music Institute!