Most students and their parents come to the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) with little or no experience with music. Parents enroll their children because they want their them to experience the brain-building, academic, social and creative benefits engaging with music can provide. MIC offers the most experienced teachers, a personal approach which allows us thoroughly understand the needs and learning styles of each student, five convenient campuses, and a large community of music students so that your child does not have to learn music in isolation.
As the President of MIC, I enjoy watching and hearing our students grow throughout the years. I also love our musical community which values music and music education as a community resource.
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Every student meets with one of our campus directors or department chairs to determine the best path for each student. The goals and learning styles of students vary widely, so a good student-teacher match is essential. MIC has more than 180 teachers which ensures that the best match is always possible.
Most of our teachers have a masters degree in music or a closely related field. Teachers also participate regularly in ongoing training in the field. All of our teachers have dedicated themselves to teaching as a career, not a sideline.
Private lessons are offered as a 17 week semester, with rolling registration.
30 minute lessons for 17 weeks are $828.75 or $48.75 per lessons). Every student receives complimentary 'Musicianship' or music theory classes for cost of materials. Students also receive free tickets to world-class performances at Nichols Concert Hall in downtown Evanston.
All of our teachers are lifelong musicians. Teaching is a choice they make to have a life in music. Professional teacher training and multiple years of teaching experience are pre-requisites for joining the MIC faculty.
MIC proudly teaches students of every age and level of experience. This means that students may be young beginners, adult students and everything in between. Our affiliation with the Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) also enables teachers to work with special needs children.
Last year MIC launched a community music festival. Students of all ages combined to play 125 concerts as a community service. Venues included, nursing homes, libraries, physical rehabilitation centers, churches, schools and more. The experience provided joy to listeners and taught our students that their music is very valuable.
Choose the best qualified teacher you can find. Training and experience really matter! You would not want an amateur teaching your children in reading or math. The same is true for music.
Why do I want to learn music?
What most excites me about playing and listing to music.
What kind of music do I hope to be able to play?
Would I enjoy learning and making music within a community of other like-minded students?