The Chicago Academy of Music


THE CHICAGO ACADEMY OF MUSIC was founded with the goal of offering a well-rounded music education to children, teenagers and adults from all backgrounds, through private and group instrumental lessons, orchestra and choir participation, and classes on general knowledge of musical culture and theory. Beginners and students of any level are welcome, and benefit from Chicago’s top musicians as faculty members. As public school funding for the arts dwindles, countless Chicago children are left without any means to explore their musical talents with good teachers. We at CAM believe that all children and adults deserve the chance to hone their skills and engage in their passions. The Chicago Academy of Music is designed to give underserved communities this chance. Furthermore, CAM offers a conservatory track for the most gifted and committed students, who wish to pursue music at the highest level of practice and achievement.


Additionally to hands-on music education, students, their families, and the community at large will benefit from regular concerts and arts programming designed by the International Beethoven Project, CAM’s strategic partner, which will showcase the joys and rewards of music-making with critically-acclaimed professionals in all genres, from classical to blues, cabaret to flamenco, hip-hop to electronic music. Furthermore, special collaborations with artists in other disciplines, from the visual arts to theater, dance and fashion, media and technology, will take place on a regular basis at CAM headquarters in Hyde Park, and in other locations throughout the city and beyond.


Our aim is to welcome every motivated child, regardless of his and her ability to pay tuition. In order to make this possible, we continue to seek donors and sponsors as well as in-kind support through tax-deductible donation of instruments, equipment and other supplies, as well as through the help of volunteers. Please let us know if you would like to help in any way.


Please explore our website to learn more about our offerings, our community and our artistic philosophy.


We look forward to meeting you!



Donate your unused instrument!


Do you or anyone you know have an instrument collecting dust? Do you have a piano you have been planning to sell or give away for many years? Please donate your instruments to CAM for the benefit of its students! Your instrument donation is completely tax deductible and will make a difference in our community.


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