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Posted on: March 1, 2019

Featured Business: Our Music Institute


This February, Michael Poupko, former director and teacher at the North Shore Music Institute, opened a new school and live music agency.  The mission of Our Music Institute (OMI) is simple: “Our Community, Our Music and Our Education.” 

Our Music Institute offers top-notch music and music technology instruction and lessons for all ages and levels in both group and one-on-one settings. Classes in voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, violin, viola, cello, and songwriting are available. They also offer classes and lessons for DJs, EDM production and mixing, and home studio recording (Pro Tools, Logic, and Abelton). In addition, they can assist with audition preparation for high school and college musical theater students.

Michael also plans to introduce new classes, including the Music Together class that will serve families with children under the age of five, Let’s Play will serve children ages 5-8, Maui to Motown is a ukulele club for adults, DJ School, and the ABC’s of EDM that will appeal to teens and young adults.

“You can learn a lot from the Internet but music is about community and human interaction,” according to Michael. “We don’t serve the community; we are a part of it.”  As the former director of Northfield’s North Shore Music Institute, Michael has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce and a partner to the Winnetka and Northfield Park Districts as well as the New Trier Extension Program.  

Our Music Institute is located at 400 Central Avenue and can be reached at (847)386-6765 or

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