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Winter/Spring Classes

Would you like to learn from the country's best music educators? Contact us today to enroll in one of our classes.


"Little Giants and their Guitars"

Register for our guitar classes. This class has been one of our most desired class to date.


Instructor: Debra Parks


8-classes $200. $100 deposit required to begin. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Group Guitar Class for no more than 10 beginning students ages 5-8 (exceptions can be made for older students). This primer class will focus on basic guitar technique, rhythm, notation, and chords required to perform beginner level popular repertoire. 

1st class : Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm

 "Little Giants and their Guitars 2"

Group Guitar Class for no more than 10 beginning students ages 6-12 (exceptions can be made for older students). This class will focus on beginner guitar technique, rhythm, notation, and chords required to perform popular beginner repertoire. Wednesdays 5:45pm-6

Register for Winter 2020

Check Out Our Upcoming Classes

We have some exciting new classes this fall. Click here for a complete list.

8-Sessions $200

$100 deposit is required to begin

Beginning February 4, 2020

Percussion Techniques


An introduction to rhythm, notation, and drum set techniques. This fun and interactive session is perfect for the future drummer.




Expand your range and increase lip flexibility while building that great brass tone. This session guarantees success for all students.

Woodwind Workout



Increase endurance, articulation, tone quality, and finger technique in a session that is sure to place you at the front of your section.

GI Jams

Every Thursday 6pm-8pm (Food Provided)


The GI Jams are designed to give students a practical and educational platform to harness and develop their individual skills while learning professionalism and performance etiquette while sharing the stage with some of the greatest musicians and educators in the Midwest.

Each week a different professional musician will host the GI Jams. The set-lists are made available one week prior to the GI Jam.  Students may sign up for no more than 2 selections and may add their name as a "Stand BY" on as many selections as they desire.

If you are a professional musician who would like to volunteer at the Griffin Institute by hosting a Jam Session, please contact us at (708) 973-4354 or

GI Spotlight

Our CEO/President is named a Semi-Finalist for the 2017 Grammy Award for Music Educator. Congratulations Dr. Griffin


Selected as a 2019 Man of Excellence


From the Chicago Defender-

The Chicago Defender is preparing for the 12th Annual "50" Men of Excellence Awards Event, where we are honoring Dr. Roosevelt Griffin as one of our Men of Excellence. We are elated at the opportunity to work with you, especially under such wonderful circumstances. Spotlighting Dr. Griffin’sexcellence is an honor itself and with your help, we can make this a day one he will never forget!! There are many definitions of Excellence. However, each of us knows excellence when we see it. Striving for excellence requires great effort for many of us. Others seem to excel effortlessly. Excellence, no matter how it is obtained, is a reflection of one’s character and commitment, and is considered a virtue. Dr. Griffin’s. success supersedes any words used to define his accomplishments, and that’s why onWednesday, April 24, 2019, the Chicago Defender will profile him and forty-nine other Men of Excellence. They have all been selected from every industry and profession for their professional accomplishments, contributions and the significance of their life’s work. Who are the Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence? They are men who care more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible. You’re invited to join us in this salute of excellence by becoming a sponsor of the Chicago Defender’s Men of Excellence event which takes place on Friday, April 26th., and/or by placing an advertisement/congratulatory message in the commemorative edition celebrating them. This special section of the Chicago Defender will be published Wednesday, April 24, 2019.  

Dr. Griffin receives IEA's 2018 Human and Civil Rights Award

Dr. Griffin receives top award from the Illinois Education Association

ROSEMONT – A band teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey, Ill., has been selected by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) as the recipient of its 2018 Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award.  Roosevelt Griffin III, director of bands for Harvey Public School District 152, was recognized on Thursday at the annual Representative Assembly of the IEA.  “Roosevelt Griffin III is an inspiration to all IEA members and to the members of his community,” said IEA President Kathi Griffin.  “The street on which he grew up in Harvey was renamed for him a few years ago, due to his exemplary work in music education and his activism. We are proud Roosevelt Griffin III is an IEA member and that he’s dedicated his adult life to helping students improve their own lives through music.”  Griffin has been a teacher in District 152 for 14 years. His commitment to his community was noted in the nomination for the Human and Civil Rights Award which reads in part, “Being from the community and going back to the community sets this candidate apart. The programs he has built are sustainable even if he was no longer engaged. He has demonstrated a long-term commitment.”  Among the many honors Griffin has received for his teaching and his activism are, the “Excellence in Education Award” from the Harvey Education Association, a Golden Apple Award, “Most Outstanding Alumni Award” from Northern Illinois University, and “Jazz Educator of the Year for 2017” from the Jazz Institute of Chicago.  The IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award is one of the association’s highest honors for a member. It is named after the former president of the IEA and the National Education Association, Reg Weaver.  ###  The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.

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Mailing Address: 20650 S. Cicero Ave. #1127 Matteson, 

The Griffin Institute of Performing Arts

14741 Wallace Street, Harvey, Illinois 60426, United States

(708) 973-4354

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