Jazz Studies

MIC Jazz Studies Program

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.


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


Summer 2022: Jazz at MIC!

Information about Summer Jazz Camps for grades 6-10 >>


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.