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From the new world (and to the moon and back)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Everything we do here at People's prepares our students for life's greater stage.  Problem-solving, goal-setting, execution, empathy, resilience, discipline - the study of music provides a remarkable foil through which to deliver meaningful teaching moments.  But we could use your help.


President & Artistic Director Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa with students (left to right) ???, Josue Morales, and Senite Barih

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What do these famous people have in common?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

MUSIC! We know that studying music as a child helps develop skills that translate to all areas of life. Read on to see how a foundation in music helped these world leaders, athletes, scientists and cultural icons achieve success and fame. 



Jimmy Chamberlin

Jimmy, former drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins and current producer, is our honoree for TPMS’s 40th Birthday Bash! He has pursued philanthropic ventures to broaden the breadth and reach of music. Can’t wait to see him on November 4th? Click here for more info about Jimmy and here to check out his one-of-a-kind percussive abilities!

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Performapaloozathon Reflections through Intern Eyes: Christian's thoughts on Performapaloozathon

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The People’s Music School is always hosting events that bring the students and the community together to celebrate music. Students in all programs have recitals and concerts throughout the year to show off their musical growth to their family and friends. However, we’ve never had an event where students from all of People’s locations congregated to perform at a single venue. This year we made it happen at Performapaloozathon! With students from all locations of the People’s Music School - Uptown Academy, Hibbard Youth Orchestras, Back of the Yards, and the South Side Band Program - we created an event that will no doubt be looked forward to year after year.
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Learning the Inter-workings of TPMS: Christian's Summer Internship Experience

Thursday, August 11, 2016

I never thought I’d get to use the phrase “Man, ten years ago…” It makes me feel old and realize that so much time has passed. Well, ten years ago is when I first joined the People’s Music School community. I remember my first experience at People’s: imagine a small, Asian boy walking in with his kid-sized violin only to find out he showed up on the wrong day for the wrong class. I started to walk out with a frown, disappointed that I didn’t get to have my first lesson. However, as I walked out, I saw Lilly, one of the cornerstones of the music school, smile and say “It’s okay! See you next week!” 


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Learning the Inner-Workings of TPMS: Sarah's Summer Internship Experience

Friday, August 05, 2016
 
am high energy and I work hardest when the energy around me is strong and positive, so it is no wonder that I feel at home at The People’s Music School. I first started volunteering at The People’s Music School one year ago tutoring the younger children on the piano. I enjoyed working with the “smaller” musicians. I loved revisiting pieces that I had played years earlier. I smiled to myself as I reminded the students to sit up straight and curve their fingers, points that my piano teacher are still making to me! But it was the smiles I received when a piece was played through perfectly, and the gracious thank you’s at the end of each lesson that convinced me to ask Jennifer Matsuzawa, the President & Artistic Director, if there was a greater way for me to help The People’s Music School last summer.
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Learning the Inner-workings of TPMS: Hugh's Summer Internship Experience

Monday, August 01, 2016

Hi, my name is Hugh and as all formal introduction begins, here is a short list of my credentials: I am a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an alumni of the People’s Music School and currently, an intern at the People’s Music School.I’ve never written a blog before, and as a student studying engineering and the sciences, I’ve been surrounded by numbers and equations for the last year without a lick of writing, so please bear with me, I’ll get better at this!

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TPMS students + Yo-Yo Ma = Experience of a Lifetime!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Giang Z. is Vietnamese and a first-generation American. His parents do not speak English. He is a sophomore at Rickover Naval Academy and has studied at The People’s Music School for 7 years. He joined the string quartet in our SLAM (Service, Leadership, and Mentorship) program this year. Giang, naturally shy, was uncomfortable being in any kind of spotlight. Through SLAM, his teachers and mentors hoped to bring him out of his shell! ..

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Performapaloozathon: A letter from our President & Artistic Director

Thursday, June 02, 2016

"Welcome to The People’s Music School. If you think all you are doing is learning music here, you are missing half of what we are trying to teach you.”

This is a familiar refrain for the 10,000 kids and families we’ve served in the last 40 years. In the 6 years they spend on average with us, we are bound in a pact to grow in music, in society, in character. Through music, we raise determined and creative leaders who understand what it takes to excel despite circumstances.



The month of June is absolutely crazy-town for us. Months of hard work culminate in students nailing the right notes in their jury exams and scoring high on their behavioral and service evaluations. And we wrap up the long school year with #Performapaloozathon – a day of engagement that brings our community of performers, friends, and supporters together from all across the city.

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7 Ways Music Education Is the Key to Success

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Condoleeza Rice. Bill Gates. Taylor Swift. Alan Greenspan. Bill Clinton. Yo-Yo Ma. What do all of these people have in common? They’re musicians!  



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Music Hack 2016 - Innovating for Impact

Monday, April 25, 2016

We welcomed an amazing group of participants, contributors, partners, and audience members for Music Hack 2016 on Saturday, April 9! It was our second annual hackathon event, and our open invitation to Chicago’s brightest minds to dream and build music tech that takes music education to the next level. This year’s event was hosted by 2112 + Fort Knox Studios – just the right space for music-focused creative thinking. Watch our video recap and read below for more details!

 


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