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Musical Arts Institute

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

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.

Target demographics: students discover their self expression through the power and disipline of music

Direct beneficiaries per year: 430 students.

Geographic areas served: The South Side Of Chicago

Programs: Private one on one instruction in all instruments and voice. Group instruction in piano and guitar. We also offer a school Orchestra, Jazz combo, Choir and Drum Line (marching percussion ensemble).

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started Musical Arts two years and the progress that she has made is incredible. The sacrifice and determination it takes is demanding on both her and I. This is an institute of higher learning for her future and the dedication it takes will enhance her ability to share/ make music for the world. Musical Arts Institute has awarded her a scholarship for piano and music theory classes for better understanding. Instructors are professional and patient willing to help in every way possible. Encouragement and praises are given for a better performer. Kudos to Musical Arts Institute

Melanie & Maryah

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is more than good, it is outstanding!!!! In a day and time when music has been removed from many schools, please know that all is not lost... MAI offers the perfect solution!!! My daughter attends a private school that offers music and art, but her school does not have an orchestra. Since my child plays violin, she needed to be in a group with stringed instruments. I was elated when I discovered MAI and have been quite pleased with the program. Not only are the founders musically talented, their daughter is a little musical genius! If my child continues to be surrounded by such great talent, of course I know that it will rub off on her!!! Greatness begets Greatness!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has grown tremendously, in music theory and vocals and bass guitar, since coming to Musical Art Institute. The staff really cares about her and her future endeavors as a musician. They truly believe in a complete musical education and experience. They are supporting our family by helping make sure she is prepared for college (their goal is to help her get college scholarships). I would absolutely recommend MAI to anyone who is serious about mastering the craft of music.

Bert A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Musical Arts Institute (MAI) is changing lives on the Southside of Chicago! By providing music instruction for youth, MAI compensates for a critical element that is missing in public schools today. Learning music is only the tip of the iceberg. MAI's music instruction causes the students to be exposed to other languages, world history, geography, and math to name a few disciplines. And speaking of discipline, the school helps students build study skills and demonstrates how hard work pays off. Mike and Lana Manson are doing a fantastic job! I am honored to be a Board Member (and one of the adult students at MAI).

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be associated with the Musical Art Institute (MAI). As a Board member, I have seen first-hand the musical impact they have had on students of all ages, including families and the community. MAI is one of the best musical schools to breakthrough in the Chicago area in recent years. Their instructors and staff have passion for their students and are dictated to the community they serve. Their staff is highly qualified and all are professional musicians.
Michael and Lana Manson, the directors, could have opened the school in the suburbs where they grew and live. However, they chose to open the school in the inner city of Chicago, where the need is greater. As a result, they are able to offer musical training to those that may not otherwise be able to afford it or have the artistic experience of the musical arts.
I plan to continue to contribute my time and resources to this much needed organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was honored when asked to become a part of the Musical Arts Institute. There is a genuine desire to mold students into proficient artist in the field of music. Mike and Lana Manson have a heartfelt desire to instill in students the same level of excellence that they are known for.

Board Member

Rating: 5

i am so proud to be associated with this organization. to see the young students perform and to watch their growth is a wonderful experience for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son real enjoy himself when he, is here. Davione choir teacher told me he would be awesome because he has ADD which has help him in school also at home. Music arts institute has help me a great deal to help my son deal with his ADD i'm really greatfully to his choir teacher for her help with him.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The musical arts institute has offered me a golden opportunity to express my feelings in song. I love singing but in order to project my voice to its corrective range, voice lessen has taught me ranges I never new I had. I use to sing in my comfort level which in the past was fine, but learning how to sing the right way has open up venues that I had only dream of involving myself in.

Andrea56

Client Served

Rating: 3

I wanted to start back playing the violin. I started playing in high school but the program was canceled. I took lessons on and off but either I couldn't afford lesson, or the instructor wasn't a match for me. However, The Musical Arts Institute provides a convenient location, is affordable, flexible, and the instructor is a good match for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter goes to the school they are excellent everyone is friendly and very strategic in the furthering of education and musical education. I have noticed a change in how my daughter learns and operates in school. I am very happy with the school.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Musical Arts Institute is a wonderful school for learning music. The staff is highly qualified. All musical instruments are taught as well as vocal studies by music industry experts. Being a board member allows me to help MAI provide musical training to students to pursue their dreams. By supporting MAI, I see first hand the impact of grassroots efforts in filling the gaps left by budget cuts and the lack of resources for children in areas of Chicago.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at MAI. I receive private lessons for electric bass and am currently enrolled in the beginners theory class. My skill level has already increased since June 2012. My knowledge has been greatly increased. My professor Mr. Manson is gifted to teach. I will forever be greatful for his patience , talent and professionalism. I have progressed so much, my wife is now taken voice lessons. She loves her professor as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with MAI is borderline life changing. The receptionist warmly greets you with a pleasant smile and professionalism. My voice instructor, Mrs. Manson, challenges you to strive for your best. She has the ability to see your potential and occasionally bring other instructors or advanced students along side her to help you recognize/strive for your best. Your growth is a community effort. Each session brings on a new and rewarding ah ha moment. I highly recommend MAI .

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Jeffrey has always wanted to play the bass guitar so we wanted to find somewhere that would really teach him correctly. We found the Musical Arts Institute and we were impressed that Michael Manson was the Director along with his wife. We were further impressed by the fact that Michael Manson would be teaching our son personally. In just a few short months our son has started to play music and has started to read as well. We feel extremely blessed that our child is receiving quality training by professional musicians. The staff are professional and are all very accomplished musicians. I would and have strongly recommended MAI to all of my musician friends. MAI could have been in any sububan area but they elected to open there school in the inner city and offer the gift of music to those that may not be able to afford it. This shows the level of commitment and the character of the Mansons and their staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a viola student at the Musical Arts Institute for over a year, and I cannot say enough great things!!! MAI has the best, most knowledgeable instructors that can not only educate in theory, but also in performance, because they are all incredible, accomplished performers in their own right. I absolutely love and appreciate how nurturing the instructors are, and they never hesitate to go the extra mile to push students to reach their highest potential. This organization is definitely a blessing to the community, and to all the students that come through the doors! If you are serious about music, whether you are a beginner, or preparing for the next level in your professional career, the Musical Arts Institute is the place to be!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5


My name is Keith Morris, and I have known the Manson's for many years. I have always found them to be music lovers. I met the Manson's when I joined my wife's church as they were the music directors. When our daughter, Keita, grew to be 4 years old she became a student under the tutelage of the Manson’s learning the violin. Michael didn't charge us anything, and I new then he truly wanted to teach the art and it wasn’t about money. Since then, Keita has continued to take lessons, practice regularly, and has become a member in the MAI String Ensemble. My wife Deloris and I believe in Mike, Lana, and the Musical Arts Institute’s mission to teach music.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student with the Musical Arts Institute, I have personally enjoyed the hands on instruction I received for the past 2 years. This is a amazing school with fantastic experts working in an informal setting. I find my experienced as a Principal with CPS, and now retired , with the Institute, an enhancement to my day to day operation in running a school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 9 year old daughter absolutely loves learning piano at the MUSICAL ARTS INSTITUTE. She gets up extra early every Saturday Morning to practice and looks forward to her class every week. The at home feel and wonderful instructors helps to create a family atmosphere that we all have come to enjoy. We love the Mike and Lana Manson. Thank you for sharing your gift and your love.

Jeffrey10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a father of three and all are involved in the musical arts institute, ages 6,8 and 13. I am thankful and blessed to have the musical Arts institute right around the corner from my house to provide the music education that is so vitally important to our community, the experience and expertise that Mike Manson and his wife, who are both highly gifted and qualified musicians along with the gifted staff provide just the very thing that this community needs.