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“Pass It On!” Pursuing a Career in Music Education

Rita Simo founded Uptown Academy in 1976 with the guiding principle,“Music is a gift. Pass it on!” To share the gift of music with others is one of the most rewarding parts of being a musician–a part that People’s alum Marco Villela has truly taken to heart.  After graduating high school in 2021, Marco began … Continue reading “Pass It On!” Pursuing a Career in Music Education

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How a Mentor Can Make All the Difference

Preparing for young adulthood can be intimidating at times. Even though you may be surrounded by peers who are experiencing the same transition in their lives, it’s common to feel unsure of where you’re headed. Sometimes, having a mentor to help guide you can make all the difference.  People’s alum Jonathan Alday knows the impact … Continue reading How a Mentor Can Make All the Difference

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Honoring Pioneering Black Musicians

This February, we honor and celebrate several Black musicians whose dedication to their craft has shaped the way we make and enjoy music of all sorts. Learn about five of these groundbreaking performers below.  Anthony McGill Clarinetist and Chicago native Anthony McGill became the first Black Principal player for the New York Philharmonic in 2014. … Continue reading Honoring Pioneering Black Musicians

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