At the Chicago Center for Music Education (ChiME) we provide an exceptional music education to a diverse community as a path for social, emotional, and character development.
In 1981, Peggy Wise founded the Suzuki-Orff School of Music, providing a diverse community with access to an exceptional music education. Peggy developed an innovative approach by integrating the Suzuki and Orff methodologies and empowering caregivers as an integral part of the learning process. Through this original recipe the Center has impacted thousands of lives.
Over the years evidence has continually emerged illustrating the non-musical impact that occurs through the process of learning music. The process of music learning allows children to not only express themselves through an art form, but to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Numerous states have adopted standards for this type of learning and as a result, public and private schools across the country are employing curricula to help children develop in these areas.
Earlier this year, we changed our name to the Chicago Center for Music Education and decided to create greater awareness and development of “life” skills and character traits through music. In doing so we adapted our mission to reflect not only our dedication to providing children and families with an exceptional music education, but also on the development of “life” skills and character traits. It is our desire to create a community of individuals who value not only what they accomplish, but how they lead their daily lives.
The Chicago Center for Music Education serves approximately 275 students at its location in Chicago’s West Town community and over 2,000 in public and private schools.