To our People’s Music School family:

We are closed for all in-person lessons, classes, concerts until at least April 30th. We are not stopping the learning and teaching – please check back regularly for updates. Can’t stop the music!

Although we are sad not to see you in person, this is an opportunity for us to come together in our civic duty, focus on what’s important, and get creative on how we will problem solve. We will rise to the challenge!

March 30, 2020

From the TPMS team: We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. This is a list of useful resources for anyone in need of additional support during these trying times. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Del equipo de TPMS: Esperamos que todos se mantengan seguros y saludables. Esta es una lista de recursos útiles para cualquier persona que necesite soporte adicional durante estos tiempos difíciles. No dude en comunicarse si tiene alguna pregunta.

March 18, 2020

Dear TPMS Family,

This is certainly #ANewWorld.  Perhaps not the one we imagined, or the one we hoped for, but one that still presents us with new challenges.  And opportunities.

What an overwhelming time.  Many emotions.   Scared and uncertain about what will happen.  Worried about your health, your loved ones, how you will work, where you will live.  Maybe brave and defiant in the face of whatever may come, being strong for ourselves and our families.  And this is the People’s way – being in touch with anything and everything the world brings… and then finding a path to rise above.

We can’t fix the world.  But we can continue to build a world inside our children that stays resilient, experiences beauty, and feels worthy.  We would like to continue to do this, with your help.

Starting Monday, March 23rd, we plan to launch the People’s you know and love, with a little help from our technology friends.  We have actually been laying the foundation for remote learning for years, and we went into overdrive the past few weeks.  Our program staff and teachers are working hand-in-hand with hearts ablaze to get this set-up for over 900 students, 70+ teachers, and hundreds of classes, rehearsals, and lessons.

Change takes time, and the conditions are not ideal. We are a very high-touch, intensive program where our students feel like 5-10 adult role models really know them.  But we are also products of Rita’s vision, and we are built on a solid foundation of fierce audacity, big hearts, and purest goals. There will always be a place for People’s in this world, now more than ever.  And a place for you here in our world.

In service,
Jennifer Kim-Matsuzawa
President, The People’s Music School

March 13, 2020

As the spread of the new coronavirus has become more prevalent in the Chicago area The People’s Music School (TPMS) has been in constant contact with our Chicago Public School, community, and government partners. Important developments have happened in the last 24 hours:

  • Chicago Public Schools (CPS) decided that beginning today all  activities outside of the normal school day with more than 50 participants must be canceled or held virtually. 
  • Local, state, and national health agencies are now strongly recommending that social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has  recommended that all gatherings of more than 250 people be cancelled.

While we value the power of music, we value the health and safety of each of our students, families, teachers, and staff above all else. Because of this, we have made the decision to cancel all classes, rehearsals, recitals, and concerts beginning today through at least April 20. Students, families, and faculty should not come to our sites for programming, meetings, or scheduled service hour work. This includes our programs at:

  • Albany Park (at Hibbard Elementary School)
  • Back of the Yards (at Lara Academy)
  • Greater South Side (at Bronzeville Classical School)
  • SLAM
  • Uptown Academy

We will be creating opportunities for remote learning for our students, and we will release more details on this early next week. For our faculty members and staff, we will follow up with you directly with instructions on our next steps.