Beginning in fall 2014, the Music Institute is offering an informal exploration of a variety of musical styles in a new series of enrichment courses for adults. Each option is available at multiple campuses, and sessions are not sequential, so participants have flexibility in registering.

Among the courses are “Understanding Music,” an exploration of classical and jazz music for the amateur music lover; “The History of American Big Band Jazz”; “The History of the American Musical”; adult acting classes; and “Introduction to Hand Drumming.”

The Music Institute also offers private instruction for adults who are learning to play an instrument for the first time as well as those returning to music after a long hiatus.

Adults interested in group musical opportunities may join an adult ensemble, including the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale (Evanston). Chamber music opportunities also are available for intermediate and advanced students. More information is available at