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Merit School Of Music Open House Includes Instrument ‘Petting Zoo’

The West Loop music school's open house at 38 S. Peoria St. will include tours, demonstrations and more.

Merit School of Music students perform at the 40th Anniversary Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel.
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WEST LOOP — Folks seeking to develop musical skills or enroll their child in music classes can tour Merit School of Music during a free open house Saturday.

The event will give people a chance to explore the instrument “petting zoo,” see demonstrations from faculty and discuss classes, said Merit Vice President Meredith Barber. The open house is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday at 38 S. Peoria St.

Merit will also offer tours of private lessons and early childhood classes, Barber said. 

“We have a lot of people in our neighborhood who walk by our building, but they’ve never been inside … .This is an opportunity to open our doors and invite in our neighbors,” Barber said. 

Merit students will also perform across the street during the open house. That will kick off 9 a.m. at the Green City Market at Mary Bartelme Park, 115 S. Sangamon St.

Credit: Courtesy of Merit School of Music
Merit School of Music is hosting pop-up performances this summer.

Merit School of Music was founded more than 40 years ago and moved into the neighborhood in the mid-2000s.  

The school offers a range of classes for various instruments, vocal lessons and conducting. Fall classes are available in person and online. Discounts are available for eligible students. 

“Merit is ultimately dedicated to providing access to music education for all. We provide financial aid to a large portion of our student population,” Barber said. “You may feel music lessons are out of reach, but come to us and we can find a way to make sure you have access to that music education.”

In addition to opening their doors to the community, the events aim to dispel rumors the school is leaving the neighborhood. 

“We love the West Loop. We aren’t going anywhere,” Barber said. 

Learn more about Merit School here.

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