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

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People's Music School Events


Spring Prelude Fundraiser

Thursday, April 24, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Rockit Bar & Grill
22 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654

The Junior Board invites you to break away for the first Spring Prelude Fundraiser. Join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, prizes and support a great cause. Tickets on sale at peoplesmusicschool.org/springprelude.

Youth Orchestras – Albany Park: Concert with Student and Guest Performances

Wednesday, May 7, 4:30pm
Hibbard Elementary School
3244 W Ainslie Chicago IL 60625


In Memory of “AJ” Consago benefitting The People's Music School

Friday, May 9, 7pm - midnight
The Abbey Pub
3420 W Grace Street, Chicago, IL 60618
Tickets on sale at www.gerberfest.com

Uptown Academy: Performathon Fundraiser

Saturday, May 10, 10:00am - 5:00pm
The People's Music School
931 W. Eastwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60640

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!