Music Institute of Chicago
St. James Cathedral is one of the teaching locations for the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC), which annually 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.
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience through private lessons; its early childhood program, Musikgarten®; and its Suzuki Education, Musical Theater, Jazz Studies and Adult Studies programs. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.