Media Highlights


President + Artistic Director Jennifer Kim-Matsuzawa to Pass Torch to New Leader

News from our President + Artistic Director and Board Chair about our next phase of leadership

Thank You for the Music

Watch this heartwarming music video tribute to our fierce and fearless founder, Dr. Rita Simó, featuring students from our Chicago and East Palo Alto program sites.

#PassItOn (video)

“Music is a gift – pass it on!” – Dr. Rita Simó, Founder of The People’s Music School (1934-2020). Our community recounts their stories of hope and resilience in the midst of a pandemic, during a year like no other.


Interview: Dr. Rita Simó (1934-2020)

“I’m not a do-gooder. I’m giving these kids what they deserve because they are citizens of this country that said that we are all equal.” – Dr. Rita Simó, Founder of The People’s Music School (1934-2020)

Together We Thrive: Original Composition by The People’s Music School + Third Coast Percussion (Video)

In spring 2020, 68 of our students met online with our amazing artistic partner, the Grammy-award winning group Third Coast Percussion, to compose new music from their homes. We now proudly present: “Together We Thrive!”

#ANewWorld (Video)

Change futures. Create new worlds. Our students and parents recount how tuition-free music education has introduced them to #ANewWorld.


The People’s Music School Summer Camp (Video)

Each year we provide three free weeks of summer programming that is open to all of our students, closing the summer achievement gap by providing continued music education while school is out.

Transforming Music: How The People’s Music School is Changing Lives (Video by Chicago Ideas)

“You’ve never heard anything like this before. And that’s what the People’s Music School is counting on.” We were so thrilled to be a part of Chicago Ideas’ 77 Project. Watch our students transform a classical piece into a classic hit!

Make It Better Philanthropy Award Winner: The People’s Music School (Video)

The People’s Music School is thrilled to be recognized as one of the Make It Better Foundation’s 2019 Philanthropy Award winners! This video was created by Make It Better and SureCan Productions to showcase our community.

The People’s Music School Overview (Video)

The difference that music education makes for our students and families, and how you can help us make an impact.


Meet our People’s Music School families (Video)

Our People’s Music School families share what being a part of The People’s Music School community means to them.

The People’s Music School’s 40th Anniversary (Video)

The People’s Music School celebrates 40 years of music and social impact, and the 10,000+ lives our program has changed since our founding in 1976.