Help Support Free Music Education in Chicago with The People's Music School

Since 1976, The People’s Music School has held fast in the belief that music can transform lives and that these benefits should be available to all.  This year, we celebrate our rich 40 year history and the 10,000+ lives that have been impacted through music instruction at People’s. Though we have grown in size and scope, our belief in the transformative power of music remains unwavered. This September we welcomed 600 students from every corner of the city into our community (more than ever before!) and we invite you to be a part of it. 

Join us for the exciting year we have planned to celebrate our 40th Anniversary! 


Ear Taxi Festival: The People’s Music School premieres new work with International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, October 6th 7:30pm, Invitation only pre-reception 6:00pm 


We are kicking off our 40th anniversary season with a world premiere of a new commissioned piece on October 6th, as part of the Ear Taxi Festival of new music in Chicago.  This concert showcases our students performing side-by-side with the International Contemporary Ensemble, as well as musicians from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music.  An intimate pre-concert reception will feature pop-up performances by ICE musicians and “behind the music” stories on ICE’s residency at our school as they worked with composer Marcos Balter.

Don’t miss this remarkable performance - contact us directly for tickets or reception information. 


Invest for Kids Annual Conference: We Won! 

Wednesday, October 26th, 1:30-5:30pm 

The Invest For Kids conference is the Chicago investment event of the year, and this year TPMS is a honored beneficiary of their incredible support! The Invest for Kids Conference drew 1100 attendees last year, and all event proceeds benefit the pre-selected charities, all of which support programs that help underprivileged kids in Chicago. This year’s speakers include Sam Zell, Michael Sacks, Jonathan Gray and Leah Joy Zell.

Learn more about ways to attend and how TPMS will benefit from this honor.


The People’s Music School’s 40th Anniversary Bash: “Tonight, So Bright”

Friday, November 4th, 6:30pm 

Join us as we celebrate 40 years of transforming lives through music, honoring the legendary Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Chicago’s own musical icon and business leader. Tonight, So Bright will feature 5 musical performances by artists from The People’s Musical School, culminating in an unforgettable finale rendition of the hit Smashing Pumpkins song, “Tonight Tonight”.  Hosted at art-filled space Lacuna Lofts in Pilsen, and brought to life by The Mystery League (experiential puzzle gamemakers).

Click here for tickets and sponsorship information. 


City-wide Bach Marathon 

Wednesday, November 30th

Presented by Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Marathon is a day of performances by musicians from TPMS and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in locations across the city.  

Visit for performance times and specific details.


TPMS Premier Ensembles’ December Concert Series

Dec 8, 9, 14, 17 (times and locations vary)

Join us as each TPMS program site finishes the semester with a bang! All 600 TPMS students will show off the skills they’ve developed since September - that is 44 ensembles performing from Uptown, Albany Park, Back of the Yards and Greater Grand Crossing/Englewood! 

Click here for more information about each program location, concert dates and times. 


Spring Residencies & Partnerships 

Early February & March 7, 2017 

We are thrilled to again partner with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (early February) and North Park University (March 7, 2017). Each residency provides TPMS students the opportunity to learn and play side-by-side with experienced musicians, and culminates in a final performance. 

More details about each residency and concert will be available soon! 


Music Hack Day

Spring 2017 

Music Hack Day brings together Chicago’s brightest minds to dream and build music tech that takes music education to the next level. Coders, developers, musicians, thought-leaders form teams to develop news ways to improve the process for learning music. The results are incredible! Stay tuned for details about the 2017 Music Hack.

Check out the video from last year’s Hack! 


TPMS Performapaloozathon! 

Saturday, June 3, 2017 

Don’t miss this day-long festival that will close out our 40th Anniversary season. Performapaloozathon features performances by all 600 TPMS student artists, faculty and special guests. Join us to celebrate another fantastic year at this fun, family-friendly event at North Park University. 

See what Performapaloozathon looks like through the eyes of a graduating senior at TPMS.