For over 55 years, Youth Music Illinois has provided high quality, low cost music education to students in Central Illinois. Our alumni include professional musicians in orchestras around the US, teachers, and leaders in their communities.
Over 4,000 students have been a part of our program since 1965. Join us as we look towards the future of music education in Central Illinois.
Suzuki School of Music
At the Youth Music Illinois Suzuki School of Music, we nurture beautiful character in every child through excellence in music. Our highly trained, caring teaching staff offer weekly group and private lessons to students on violin, viola, and cello.
Our program is unique in the area in that students are able to participate in the ensembles when they are ready. Students can play in the Dolce String Ensemble (at their teacher's recommendation) to learn more about the fundamentals of playing music with others, including concert etiquette, note reading, and following a conductor.
While YMI does charge tuition, those fees only cover approximately 40% of the total cost per student each season. Furthermore, we strive to make our program accessible to any hard-working young musician through need-based tuition scholarships.
Donations are used to further the mission of YMI – to mentor area youth to develop skills for both music and life through the power of live performance. With your help, we can fund scholarships, hire directors, present concerts, and so much more.
Youth Music Illinois mentors area youth to develop a repertoire skills for both music and life through the power of live musical performance.
Youth Music Illinois enriches and unites our community by fostering a lifelong appreciation in support of the arts.