Merit School of Music

Merit is dedicated to helping young people transform their lives by providing equal access to a high-quality music education, with nearly 70 percent of students benefitting from need-based financial aid and low-cost instrument rental. Merit enables motivated students, regardless of economic circumstance, to develop their talent and to use music as a springboard for achieving their full personal potential, with virtually 100 percent of our conservatory graduates going on to college.

Charity Navigator Ratings

Overall Rating

(3/4)|87.3 Score


(3/4)|82.05 Score

Accountability & Transparency

(4/4)|100 Score



Headquarter Address

Joy Faith Knapp Music Center
38 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607