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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

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musical Arts Institute is an amazing place. The instructors are high quality, caring and sincere.
The teaching artists are involved with the growth and success of the students and school. The school is a gem to the community. Students are encouraged and pushed to excel in the music arts. I am proud to have two children at the school.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My 16 year old took an interest in lead guitar from a video game. I decided to have him take lessons from MAI and and I have known the owner Mike Manson for years as the baddest bass player ever. There was no doubt in my mind that having my son take lessons at MAI would be a great decision. I have not been disappointed and the progress my son has made over the past few months is phenomenal I would recommend this school to anyone who is the least bit interested in music for any instrument and even vocal..

Client Served

Rating: 5

The experience here at the Musical Art Institute has been a most wonderful journey in the music field for my grandson to bring out the musical creativity that is in him. If you are planning or looking for a music school I recommend MAI.
Jacqueline Warford

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musical Arts Institute is a Great school for student to learn theory and to become better musician.

Michael291

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.