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! 


Spring Concert Series 

Youth Orchestra Albany Park: March 31, 2017, 7:00pm, Hibbard Elementary School 

Greater South Side Band: May 11, 6:30pm, Gary Comer Youth Center

Come celebrate another great semester with TPMS! Our Albany Park and Greater South Side Band programs are eager to share all the progress they’ve made this year. Show your support and prepare to be impressed. 


SLAM Spring Showcase

April 22, 2017, 10:00am at Chicago Yacht Club

Join us for this special event to celebrate our accomplished high school students. Our SLAM program combines chamber group participation with service projects, college and career mentorship and leadership skills development. In addition to the chamber music performances, there will be SLAM mentor testimonials, and a chance to interact with the students and hear from them what they’ve got planned for the future.

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SLAM Open House

May 6, 2017

Our Service, Leadership and Mentorship program invites you to come by the Uptown Academy for an exciting open house day. This event is open to all 8th graders in our programs as an opportunity for them and their parents to see what SLAM is all about and learn how to apply. SLAM students develop important skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, and public speaking through volunteer work and participation in chamber music. All participants also serve as mentors to younger TPMS students and are paired with an adult mentor for college/life preparation. Sounds great, right? Come by the open house to learn more and get involved!


Back of the Yards Lara Mother’s Day Assembly 

May 10, 2017, 2:00pm

Join us at Lara Elementary School’s Dia de las Madres Assembly, where the Back of the Yards program will be giving their spring performance! You won’t want to miss this celebration of friends, family, and music.


TPMS Associate Board presents Night of Note 

June 2, 2017, 7:00-11:00pm at Estate Ultra Bar

Our annual Night of Note is not to be missed. Join our Associate Board at the Estate Ultra Bar for a memorable evening of food, drinks, musical performances, and an auction. 

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets! 


TPMS Performapaloozathon! 

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm at North Park University 

On Saturday, June 3rd, The People's Music School, in partnership with Third Coast Percussion, will host its 33rd Annual Performapaloozathon! The event will bring together all 600 TPMS students from across the city for a full day of performances to share music, stories and of course - the stage. Students, families, and faculty and will also make music alongside members of the Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion for an unforgettable community-building experience. The event is free and open to the public - all are welcome!

Learn more about how you can support our students' fundraising efforts - and help us reach our goal of $60,000!


Music Hack Day

Fall 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! 



March Madness Happy Hour

March 23, 2017 at Trophy Room

Join us as we kick off March Madness! Come by Trophy Room to cheer on your favorite team, enjoy some drinks, and win big at our raffle--all while supporting free music education for Chicago’s most deserving young students.  


North Park University Residency

March 7, 2017

We are thrilled to again be partnering with North Park University! TPMS students from our Albany Park program will have the chance to work with the esteemed musicians of the university through an intensive residency. The excitement will culminate with a side-by-side performance at Anderson Chapel. This year Beethoven’s Egmont Overture is on program as TPMS joins the university’s premiere performing orchestra!

Check out the full program and location details here!


Civic Orchestra Residency

February 25, 2017, 10:00am

The Civic Orchestra is one of the nation’s top training ensembles for emerging professional musicians. Lucky for us, we’ll be working with these talented young musicians for a residency with our Albany Park students this spring! Through coachings, lessons, and rehearsals our students will have the opportunity to soak up everything they can before performing side-by-side with the Civic Orchestra at Symphony Center, home to some of the greatest musical talent in the world!


CYMF Open Rehearsal with Maestro Muti

February 13, 2017, 7:30pm

The Chicago Youth in Music Festival brings together young classical musicians from all over Greater Chicago for a unique musical celebration. In partnership with the Negaunee Music Institute, TPMS students will have the opportunity to perform alongside Civic Orchestra musicians at Orchestra Hall under the direction of world renowned conductor Riccardo Muti! To prepare for the big day, Civic musicians will be in residence at Hibbard Elementary School to lead our students through sectional rehearsals. This event promises to be an extraordinary experience--tickets are free so we hope to see you all there!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.