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100% tuition-free. 100% life-changing.

Join The People's Music School!

The People’s Music School offers high quality, tuition-free music education to school aged children in Chicago who would otherwise not be able to afford it.  Based on a student’s age, we offer classes in general music, instrumental studies, music theory, and a variety of ensembles.

We're not just teaching music.

We are teaching young minds how to think, how to problem solve, how to collaborate through music. We set high expectations for all students. We deliver a rigorous curriculum that demands musical and behavioral excellence. We root all of this in a strong culture of support. 

One of the only music schools of its kind.

The People’s Music School is the largest completely tuition-free music school serving Chicago metropolitan area children, focusing on removing barriers to access for students who otherwise would not have the opportunity of intensive music instruction.

GET INVOLVED

Attend an upcoming event!

View our event schedule and join us at an upcoming community event or concert. 

Join our Associate Board!

Be a part of a community of young professionals advocating for accessible music education.

Volunteer with People’s!

Get to know our close-knit community by volunteering at a performance.

Make a donation!

Support intensive, accessible music education for students across Chicago.

OUR IMPACT

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RESEARCH-BASED BENEFITS

Studies show that excellence in music transfers to other parts of life.

Students who receive a music education are:

  • 2x more likely to complete college
  • 5x less likely to drop out of school
  • 20% more likely to have gainful employment
  • 45% more likely to vote

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHTS

FROM OUR BLOG

Summer is here, and the music doesn’t stop!  Check out where our Summer Ambassadors are heading this summer to enrich their music

As students embark on their composition projects this spring, our teaching artists are sharing more about their own musical inspirations. Read through

Our Greater South Side site is our fastest growing program. And the demand for high-quality, accessible music instruction is only increasing. Meet

“From the students, to the teachers, to the staff, everything you all do is so engaging, well planned, and creative... [The People's Music School] is such an inspiring organization to be around.”
Third Coast Percussion
Grammy Award-winning ensemble

SOME OF OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS

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