Rita Simo Scholarship

Rita Simo Scholars making a difference in our programs!

Created in 2012, the Rita Simo scholarship is intended to offer a unique opportunity to Latin American students to study at an El Sistema-inspired program in the United States. Meet Francisco Malespin, our current Rita Simo scholarship recipient and Albany Park instructor and Andrea Benavides who will join us this fall.

Read more about Francisco and Andrea's experience...

In-Kind Gifts Needed

We are celebrating our 38th Birthday this year! We are so grateful for in-kind gifts.

Wondering what we need? Here is our birthday wish list:

Birthday Wish List

The People's Music School
People's Music School Events


Youth Orchestras – Logan Square: Spring Concert

Thursday, April 3, 6:30pm
Ames Middle School
1920 N Hamlin Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The People's Music School: Spring Prelude Fundraiser

Thursday, April 24, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Junior Board of The People's Music School invites you to break away for the First Spring Prelude Fundraiser. Join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for a cause benefiting FREE music education programs for Chicago's underserved children.

Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W. Hubbard Street
Second Floor Lounge
Chicago, IL 60654

Order tickets online at eventbrite.com.

Visit our events page for more information and a full list of upcoming events.

People's Music School YOURS Project

Our Program

The People's Music School is one of the only completely free, community music schools in the United States. We provide free music education with an emphasis in classical music. Our curriculum includes music theory as well as instruction in the particular instrument of the child's choice. Read more about our school's program and how you can help support.


We currently have several open positions! Find out more details on our jobs page!