Rita's dream became a reality on February 22, 1976 when she opened the doors of The People's Music School in a vacant storefront in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. With only $625 and a piano donated by St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church. Rita placed a sign in the window that said "FREE MUSIC LESSONS" and a handful of students began to trickle in.
Dr. Simó was quoted as saying. "What we are doing is letting students discover their self-worth through their love of music." Twenty years later, Dr. Simó and the school directors erected the building currently housing the school at 931 W. Eastwood Avenue, still in the culturally diverse Uptown neighborhood where it first began.
Our school features ten classrooms, a concert hall, a music library, and an outdoor patio with a beautiful mosaic wall depicting Rita's dream. Rita, as she is simply known to all, retired in 2001 from her position of Executive Director, though she remains actively involved as a member of our board of directors.
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