Merit School of Music

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Basic Information

Address: Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone Number: 312-786-9428
Fax Number: 312-267-4489

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Additional Information

Focus: Merit School of Music provides high-quality music instruction to students in metropolitan Chicago. Its primary goals are to help young people achieve their full musical potential, to remove economic barriers to participation, and to stimulate personal and educational growth through music
Director: Duffie Adelson, Executive Director
Schedule: Schedule varies by program. Please visit our website at or call 312.786.9428 for a current program schedule
Ages: All ages
Membership/Pricing: Price varies by program. For more information, please call 312.786.9428 or visit our website at

In June 2005, Merit moved into the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, a state-of-the-art facility in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood that more than doubled the School's instructional space, allowing generous space for current programs and for future growth. In addition to more classrooms and larger rehearsal halls, the building features a recording studio, Clavinova piano lab, music library, and Anne & Howard Gottlieb Hall, an impressive, 372-seat concert hall. Merit also offers instruction at more than 80 sites throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs through Merit's Bridges: Partners in Music program


In 1979, when the Chicago Public Schools eliminated music from the elementary school curriculum, Alice Pfaelzer and Emma Endres-Kountz founded Merit School of Music. For a complete history of Merit School of Music, please visit our website at

Program Highlights:

Merit provides a full continuum of classes from early childhood programming and beginner classes to intermediate and advanced instruction. Merit also offers private lessons for adult students

Slogan: Making Music.Building Lives