Chicago Music Schools Offering Online Classes

A woman playing a ukulele at home while following a lesson on her laptop

Music schools across Chicago are now offering virtual classes for students of all levels. This makes it easier than ever to learn an instrument without leaving the comfort of our Chicago apartments. So consult your closet, dig out that old instrument, and start your musical journey. Check out these Chicago music schools offering online classes.


Since 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago has served the local community as a hub for music education. Learn the basics of Hawaiian music with a virtual intro ukulele class or find your inner guitar god with one of their rock courses. If you’re interested in music theory, The Music Institute of Chicago also hosts virtual listening clubs for those who’d rather talk than rock.


Access Contemporary Music is a non-profit Chicago music center with a focus on contemporary composers. While composition courses are available, they also feature a full schedule of music lessons. Online offerings cover a wide spectrum of private music lessons, including piano, guitar, violin, and voice. Choose between short-term (four weeks) and long-term (ongoing) courses that both feature an introductory trial lesson.


The Old Town School of Folk Music is a cherished Chicago music school known for its classes and cultural events. Even though this vibrant community has moved online, it still offers a robust menu of lessons, both private and group oriented. For more experienced musicians, Old Town School of Folk Music continues to host free online jam sessions. Just don’t wake the neighbors!

Chicago music schools offering online classes are a great way to learn a new skill while supporting local music teachers. If you’re looking for other ways to uplift local organizations, be sure to explore these Chicago non-profits for more outreach opportunities. 

Learn more about the Catalyst Apartment community by taking a virtual tour or contacting us today!

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