Recognizing the powerful role music can play in a person’s life at any age, the Music Institute of Chicago is offering a wide range of opportunities for adults to enhance their lives through musical instruction and performance in a fun, relaxed setting.

Registration for Adult Studies and Adult Enrichment programs is open. Classes begin Sept. 10 in Evanston and at MIC locations in Winnetka and Lake Forest.

The Music Institute is offering an informal exploration of a variety of musical styles in a new series of enrichment courses for adults. Sessions are not sequential, so participants have flexibility in registering according to their schedules.

Courses include:

  • Understanding Music: Like a monthly book club for music, this exploration of classical and jazz music provides a framework for the music lover who does not have a music degree.

  • The History of American Big Band Jazz: Students journey through 20th century America to explore the origins of big band jazz and discover successful, influential band leaders including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and more.

  • The History of the American Musical: These sessions provide a closer look at the origin and evolution of this uniquely American art form.

  • Adult Acting Classes: These classes are available individually or as a package for the beginner or those who want to brush up on their skills.

  • Introduction to Hand Drumming: Hand drumming is known for its power to energize, relieve stress and promote feelings of community and well-being. 

The Music Institute also offers private instruction for adults who are learning to play an instrument for the first time as well as those returning to music after a long hiatus.

“We help students discover a real and deep understanding of music through a comprehensive curriculum and strong and nurturing relationships with our professional faculty,” said President and CEO Mark George.

In addition to lessons, students have access to free musicianship classes, performance opportunities throughout the Chicago area, free master classes with renowned visiting artists and four free hours of consultation with the Music Institute’s Institute for Therapy through the Arts.

Adults interested in group musical opportunities may join an adult ensemble, including the Community Symphony in Winnetka, the New Horizons Band for adults age 50 and older in Winnetka and the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale in Evanston). Chamber music opportunities also are available for intermediate and advanced students.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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