Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. We believe that enjoying and understanding music, and developing the skills to create and perform music, enhance the quality of life and nourish the human spirit. More than entertainment or ambient sound, music is a vehicle for understanding, communicating, and self-improvement, as intrinsic to the human experience as language. Through joyful music learning, listening and playing, MIC students make themselves better and better able to contribute to the world.
Today, MIC is one of the oldest and most respected community music schools in the country, and its reach extends to more than 7,500 students annually. With a world-renowned faculty who recognize the potential in their students, MIC serves people of all ages and abilities at campuses located in Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire and Winnetka. MIC students come from Chicago neighborhoods and dozens of other communities across Illinois and the Midwest. Four program areas combine to serve a diverse and widespread community:
The Community Music School annually provides music instruction to approximately 2,500 students of all ages, abilities and levels of experience. Curriculum includes private instruction, musicianship (music theory), chamber music and other ensemble opportunities.
The Academy is an elite training center for a select number of highly gifted pre-collegiate string players and pianists. The program offers private lessons, chamber music, chamber orchestra, music theory and literature classes, weekly master classes and extensive performance opportunities.
Arts Link is a collection of programs, which provide private music instruction, artist residencies, professional development for teachers, community performances and music education scholarships to schools and community-based organizations in Chicago and other low-income neighborhoods.
Nichols Concert Hall presents scores of musical performances, master classes and lectures by world-class guest artists, MIC artists-in-residence, faculty and students. Most events are offered free to the community. – less