MUSICAL ARTS INSTITUTE

Rating: 4.93 stars   45 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 9244 S Lafayette Ave Chicago IL 60620 USA

Mission: MAI is a nonprofit, 501 c 3, community-minded organization, that assists local schools and other community organizations with goal of providing exceptional music instruction. Through our extensive outreach program, we provide performance opportunities to students to engage in intensified music studies. MAI is located on the south side of Chicago where music lessons are unavailable or unaffordable.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Musical Arts Institute really helped me become a much more proficient trombone player and I really needed it especially since I go to ChiArts, which is a performing arts high school here in Chicago. The help I receive from my private lessons teacher helps me with all the music I see from school. Me, family, and friends all noticed improvements in how I play and thats because of my work, but also the environment here at the Musical Arts Institute.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

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Rating: 5 stars  

At first I thought I didn't need lessons. I thought that my playing was already at it's peak. But, after coming to the Musical Arts Institute, I learned I was extremely far from what I thought. I learned how difficult it was for me to play with two hands. My teacher Ms. Lindsey helped me improve a lot with using both hands on the piano. But, even with all my experience, simple looking songs were surprisingly difficult to actually play. I was surprised with how much I did not know about playing the piano. I now know that I have learned a lot and still have a lot to learn. I am glad that I came to the Musical Arts Institute to greatly improve my abilities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have two children taking music lesson with Mr. Manson, the school has helped them a lot in developing their music skills. Mr. Manson is very patient with them and has taught them how to read music, which they did not know prior to attending the school which was done quickly. What I like most about this school is the ability to play all kinds of music. Musical Arts Institute is a great school to attend if you wish to see growth with your child/children they will be groom to be an excellent musician. The school has high expectations for all students. Mr. Manson, shows a lot of concern for the kids and goes out of his way to meet every child needs to make sure they have a pleasant experience at the school. I recommend this school to everyone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter loves music and asked for me to sign her up for voice lessons. The transformation in her once quiet voice, which now fills the room is absolutely amazing. She is learning about technique and her voice as an instrument. The Musical Arts Institute has helped her to gain both confidence and provided for her a nurturing environment to develop her talent. I would highly recommend the school to any parent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being a student at Musical Arts Institute for many years now, I have grown so much in regards to learning and experience in the music field. All of the instructors that I have been in contact with have helped me in tremendous way to exceed in music. I have recieved so many opportunities being a part of this organization. I sang with an amazing saxophonist, Kirk Whalm. Along with so many other events I have participated in, above all I have a expanded my horizon as far a music as a whole.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been attending Musical Arts Institute for about 3 and a half years. From the time I started to now, I feel I have truly grown with my musicianship and musical knowledge overall. My music teachers are Ms. Lana Manson and Mr. Michael Manson and they have both been very supportive of me with every lesson. I have learned much repertoire in Italian songs and spirituals in my vocal lessons which helped me get into my dream high school, ChiArts. I have learned scales and bass fitness in my bass guitar lessons. MAI has taught me to be confident and expressive with my music and to just make it my own when I perform. I love the performance opportunities they provide throughout the year. It's a really warm and hardworking place for anyone, any age, wanting to soar in this art. They also are preparing me for college.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have 2 sons that attend the Musical Arts Institute. My oldest son Jared is 15 years old and he plays the trombone. My youngest son Jasiah is 13 years old and he plays the piano. My sons have been taking lessons at the Musical Arts Institute for more than a year now, and I am so impressed with the progress that both of them have made so far. The Musical Arts Institute has a very home-like atmosphere and all the instructors are very professional and down to earth. My husband and I have made a great choice in choosing Musical Arts Institute as a place where our sons are not only learning how to play music, but they are getting educated in the theory of music as well. Kudos to Mr. and Mrs. Manson for opening this school and to Mr Berry and Mrs. Lindsey for being great instructors!!! We are very satisfied with the
Musical Arts Institute.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son, Maxwell, is learning to play the viola with Michael Manson at Musical Arts Institute (MAI). My husband and I wanted our son to learn to play an instrument in an effort to increase his ability to focus as well as his determination to learn new skills. Maxwell's experience with MAI has exceeded our expectations. Maxwell is learning to play the viola, attending lessons and practicing at home with great ease. This has also translated into him starting his homework on his own and taking more ownership of his elementary school education.

I must also praise the teachers and staff at MAI, they are consistently pleasant and informative. It is simply a wonderful, approachable experience. I highly recommend MAI for anyone--young and not-so-young--who would like to learn to play an instrument and/or receive voice lessons.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter is currently takes violin lessons at the Music and Arts Institute. Her teacher Mr. Manson is wonderful. He has brought out a confidence and talent in my daughter that I did not know was there. All the staff and teachers are very patient, personable and supportive of their students and do their best to take them to a different level in music. Their recitals that they showcase the students' talents are beyond words. They teach the students how to present themselves and do their best, which is awesome. My child is very shy and I see a difference in her pose and attitude towards herself and it has spilled over into her social life. Even her teachers and counselor at school are seeing a subtile difference in her confidence and have comment on it. Her grades are even better because she believes in herself. This is a great Music school and I would recommend it to all potential music student of any age.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is wonderful. My child has really benefitted double from learning piano. First, she is doing something that she really enjoys. She's learning alongside with her friends and having fun. Secondly, she seems to be more focus at school and her grades seems to be better. The classes are also affordable and within my budget. This is a great experience for her and I'm glad that she is exposed to it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes, other than spread this program to more elementary schools.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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