Jazz Studies

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


A faculty comprised of some of Chicago's most respected jazz musicians bring a deep knowledge of the current jazz scene and jazz history 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.


Classes via Zoom

Classes are currently being taught via Zoom in an interactive style, with the intention to gradually incorporate a combination of remote and in-person teaching (for those who are interested). MIC will proceed with an abundance of caution, basing all decisions on the most current guidelines provided by the CDC and the governor.


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


Spring Semester Begins: February 1, 2021

Summer Session Begins: June 15, 2021


Spring 2021 Jazz Combos and Impovisation classes are under way. Please contact Guinevere Grimstad for more details.


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.

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. 


Music Institute's Free Virtual Jazz Lectures Fall Series
Free Virtual Jazz Lecture Series

Dark Angels of the Violin: Jazz legends Eddie South and Stuff Smith Monday, March 15 | 7-8:30 pm >>