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Sherwood Conservatory

Sherwood Conservatory of Music is an urban center
for comprehensive community music education. A member of the National
Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the Conservatory trains gifted
young musicians who anticipate careers in music, beginning and amateur
musicians of all ages, preschool children and parents, and professional
musicians and music educators seeking continuing education.

The current student body - an exciting mix of
cultures and socio-economic levels, ranging in age from infants to
senior citizens - is comprised of people from nearly every neighborhood
in Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and Northwest Indiana; 72% are
under the age of 18 and 28% are adults. Students of African, Asian and
Latino descent make up 56% of the full student body. No student at
Sherwood pays the full cost of instruction, and approximately 16% of
Sherwood students receive additional support in the form of need-based
financial aid or merit-based scholarships.

Our Founder, William Hall Sherwood

William Hall Sherwood founded the Sherwood Music School in 1895. A
protégé of the great Franz Liszt, Sherwood (1854-1911) was the nation's
most celebrated pianist and teacher at the turn of the Twentieth
Century. He believed that every American child deserved a music
education, and was the first to publicly advocate for scholarship
support of music students. He took music to the people performing in
towns throughout the western frontier.  One of his great legacies was
the Sherwood Piano Course, the first standardized text for teaching and
learning piano.


The Conservatory is located two blocks south of
Roosevelt Road at 1312 South Michigan Avenue in the historic South Loop
neighborhood, adjacent to Grant Park and Chicago's Museum Campus (Field
Museum, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium). 


From the 1920's, the school had been an institution of higher
education, offering professional degrees in music. In 1986, challenged
by the scarcity of quality music education opportunities for Chicago
citizens, especially for children and youth, the school implemented a
dynamic change of mission. The collegiate programs were phased-out and
Sherwood Conservatory emerged as a community-focused institution,
committed to meeting the diverse music education needs of Chicago's
urban population. Recognizing the compatibility of missions and desire
to serve the culturally rich and diverse Chicago community, Sherwood
merged with Columbia College Chicago in July 2007.

Upcoming events @ Sherwood Conservatory

Sonic Inertia Performance GroupSunday, June 8, 2008 - 4:00pm

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