Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra serves musicians ages 7-18 through five core orchestras and supplemental programs that include chamber music ensembles, music theory and composition. The organization provides performances, special events and programming.

Offers: Orchestras, Ensembles, Music Theory and Composition, Special Events, Performances.
Location: The Loop
Ages: 7-18
Cost: Varies


Merit School of Music
Merit School of Music is a non-profit community music school that provides high-quality music education to youth regardless of their ability to pay. The organization believes that music can give youth the tools to grow, develop personal talents and discover success, no matter what path students take in life.

Offers: Early Childhood Classes, Instrumental Music Instruction, Private Lessons, Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory
Location: West Loop
Ages: Newborns to teens
Cost: Varies, Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, by audition for the most advanced and motivated young musicians


Music Institute of Chicago (and Chicago Suzuki Institute)
One of the oldest community music schools in Chicago, the Music Institute of Chicago serves students of all ages and abilities with music lessons, music ensembles, and access to world-class concerts and creative arts therapy.

Offers: Music Lessons, Ensembles, Concerts, Arts Therapy
Location: Various locations (see website)
Ages: All ages
Cost: Varies, Financial Aid and Scholarships available


PianoForte Foundation
PianoForte Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of the piano in Chicago and creating a vibrant piano community that closely connects audiences and artists.  We bring excitement and appreciation for piano music to a wide audience through high-quality concerts, festivals, competitions, education, outreach, and public broadcasts. The Foundation offers a scholarship to five students which includes instruction, access to practice rooms, lesson materials, and two concert tickets.

Offers: Performances, Education, Outreach, Rentals, Practice Rooms, Recording
Location: The Loop
Ages: Through 12th Grade
Cost: Varies, Scholarships available


Old Town School of Folk Music
Old Town School of Folk Music provides a wide range of music, dance, theater, and visual arts courses to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. They offer classes, private lessons, and workshops that span an array of artistic genres.

Offers: Classes,Lessons, Workshops, Performances
Location: Ravenswood (N)
Ages: 6-12 months on upward through adult
Cost: Varies