Music Institute of Chicago

St. James Cathedral is one of eight locations for the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), which serves more than 2,000 students of all ages and ability levels. MIC offers lessons from distinguished faculty in piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, and harp.

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music by providing widely accessible resources for high quality music teaching, performing, and service activities — and harnessing the power of music to educate, inspire, and bring comfort to the communities we serve. We believe that music is an essential element of a strong, well-educated, and  compassionate community; that music bolsters the brain, strengthens community bonds, and nourishes the human spirit; and that live music and quality music education should be accessible to everyone.

 The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is open for business online. MIC’s stellar faculty is delivering hundreds of music lessons each week on the Zoom interactive videoconference platform and we are happy to offer online music instruction to people across the country and around the world. Our academic staff is ready to answer any questions you might have about beginning virtual lessons or classes in the safety of your own home.


Music Institute of Chicago's Virtual Open House

The Music Institute of Chicago hosts two free virtual Open Houses showcasing a wide variety of lesson and class opportunities on Saturday, March 20. The times are:

3 pm—for Adults interested in lessons and classes

4 pm- for families and school-aged children

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Faculty and staff will share information about educational offerings, introduce specific instruments, and provide breakout rooms for Q & A and one-on-one meetings.

The Music Institute’s Community Music School offers private music lessons and group classes to thousands of students of all ages and levels each year. In addition to classical training, program areas include Early Childhood Music and Movement (Musikgarten®), Suzuki Education, Musical Theater, Jazz Studies, Roots & Rock, and Adult Studies. Through online teaching via Zoom, Music Institute faculty are reaching local, national, and international students safely and conveniently, ensuring they are prepared for success. When it is safe to return to in-person instruction, students have a choice of campuses in downtown Chicago (two locations), Downers Grove, Evanston (two locations), Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, and Winnetka.

“Whether it’s classical piano, jazz guitar, family ukulele, or any instrument or musical style, the Music Institute provides a supportive community that fosters confidence and inspires joy and creativity through music,” said Emily Abraham, dean and vice president of academic affairs. “Our world-class, dedicated teachers specialize in giving students the building blocks they need to make their musical experience challenging, exciting, and completely their own.”