DNAinfo | March 31, 2017
Senite Barih, 14 year old TPMS student, opens up about her struggles facing racism at school and in the community - but how The People's Music School provides a safe, comforting space where she finds comfort and positive mentors.
Read the full article, which includes testament from long-time parent John Yolich and TPMS President & Artistic Director, Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa.
WFMT | December 1, 2016
The People's Music School was proud to partner with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Yo-Yo Ma for the annual Bach Marathon on November 30, 2016, a day long celebration across the city. TPMS President Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa and Civic musician/TPMS faculty member Istvan Loga sat down with Mr. Ma to discuss music as a service, and how we create community by the very act of music making.
Make It Better | October 6, 2016
Jimmy Chamberlin, Smashing Pumpkins drummer turned local business leader and father, has a message for our kids: "If you're brave enough to visualize something, it can be attainable." This sentiment embodies the heart of our mission, and that through hard work and perseverance, our students can achieve anything they set their mind to.
Check out the full article, which includes details about our 40th anniversary and how Jimmy is helping us celebrate four decades of musical impact in Chicago!Kapos: Matsuzawa leads turnaround at People’s Music School
Chicago Sun-Times | July 3, 2016
The People's Music School has made vast strides in the past two years since our President and Artistic Director Jennifer Matsuzwa re-joined our community after over 10 years with Bain & Company. Under her direction we have opened two new locations on the South and Southwest sides of Chicago, nearly doubled our number of students we serve and closed a six figure deficit.
Along with Jennifer, Chicago Sun-Times featured our students recent performance with Yo-Yo Ma and quotes from our board. Read the Chicago Sun-Times article to learn more.
Make It Better | June 10, 2016
Asked to perform for the Forefront Luncheon, The People's Music School made lasting impressions on a crowd of more than 800 people and Yo-Yo Ma! The famous cellist surprised our students through asking if he could join in the performance. Read this Make It Better article to learn more.
Check out this video of our talented students performing with Yo-Yo Ma!
DNAinfo | May 12, 2016
The People's Music School has always has a strong track record of teaching and students' achievements. We've been hard at work these past two years to make sure our organizational operations are as strong as the community that's sustained us for the past 40 years.
DNAinfo featured our improved financial position, our expansion to reach more students, and technology updates, as well as a spotlight on students Charles, Isaac and Joyce. Read the DNAinfo article to learn more.
Built In Chicago | March 9, 2016
The People's Music School unites techies and musicians alike in our 2nd annual Hackathon event. Every year, technologists work with TPMS students and staff to develop apps as tools for music education. See what apps won this year, Read Built In Chicago's article to learn more.
Want to see Hackathon first hand? Check it out our video recap to see a quick summary of the day.
Chicago Inno | February 19, 2016
The People's Music School is always working hard to make sure our students learn the most they can and the best they can. This year, our faculty are using tech tools to test improvements in music instruction, assessment, practice tracking, and accompaniment for our students. Read Chicago Inno's article to learn more.
Hungry for more details? Head over to our "Tech + Innovation = Music Magic" blog for even more info on how The People's Music School is using new technology.
How Music Helped this Finance Exec Cope with Loss
Crain's | March 13, 2015
Our President and Artistic Director found change and healing through music at The People's School, where she had previously taught. She now offers guidance from her experiences to our students, "I'm not here just to teach you music. I'm here to give you the skills that will help you when you're 20 and 30 and 40 and 50 because life is long. It's not just about getting into the right high school or college. It's about how you're going to handle challenges.'” Read this Crain's Article to learn more.
Someone You Should Know - The People's Music School
CBS 2 Chicago | December 19, 2014
Watch CBS 2 Chicago's Harry Porterfield's "Someone You Should Know" segment about our School and its leaders. Founder Rita Simó, President & Artistic Director Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa, and parent Lanzie Howard speak of the School's importance and impact.
The People's Music School Passes on Baton - Renewing the Treasure Rita Simó Gave Chicago
Chicago Splash Magazine | October 20, 2014
On December 12 The People’s Music School will give a concert at the Merchandise Mart in honor of founder Rita Simó’s 80th birthday. Perhaps the greater present to Rita has been the recent appointment of a new Director for the school that has the skillset to both safeguard Rita’s legacy and put The People’s Music School on track to be a dynamic model for non-profit community arts organizations across the country.
The People's Music School Names Matsuzawa "President and Artistic Director"
September 22, 2014
Letter from the Board Chair | June 13, 2014
TPMS Selected for Study of El Sistema-Inspired Orchestra Education Programs
Longy School of Music | May 27, 2014
TPMS Teacher Featured on WCIU-TV "I Love My Job"
WCIU-TV | May 19, 2014
Courtesy of WCIU's You & Me This Morning
TPMS Students Travel to LA to Participate in The Leadership Forum for Young Musicians
Los Angeles Philharmonic | April 24, 2014
The Leadership Forum for Young Musicians— held in conjunction with the 2014 Take a Stand Symposium in Los Angeles February 20-22— brought together 26 student leaders from El Sistema-inspired program across the United States for 3 days of collaboration, music-making, and learning.
Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
| TPMS Youth Orchestras - Albany Park featured in ABC7 News
ABC7 News | April 24, 2014
Courtesy of WLS-TV
Welcome to Our Partner, Berklee City Music Network
February 27th, 2013
WTTW's Chicago Tonight Features the YOURS Project
Chicago Tonight | June 11, 2012
Free Music School's Cost: A Week on the Sidewalk
New York Times | August 26, 2011
"Rebecca Tirado arrived six days early to enroll her 7-year-old twins at the People’s Music School. With a tent, an air mattress and a cooler stocked with Gatorade and yogurt, she and her husband were ready for an extended sidewalk stakeout." Why??
Teaching Music is a Team Sport
Chicago Sun-Times | May 23, 2011
School Earns Cook County Excellence Awards
October 25, 2010
YOURS Project Founder Awarded 2010 YouthActionNet Global Fellowship by IYF
October 14, 2010
"Mom Strikes the Right Chord"
May 18, 2008, WGN Chicago, written by Jennifer Sabella