Michelle Obama Calls Chance the Rapper ‘My Baby Brother,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda Ignites Rap Battle & More From The Obama Foundation Summit
Billboard Magazine | November 3, 2017
TPMS students opened the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit, sharing the stage with Common, Lin Manuel Miranda, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Chance the Rapper.
Read on to find out more about our performance at the Obama Foundation Summit!
Billboard Magazine | November 10, 2017
Billboard Magazine speaks with TPMS student Julia Soto about her experience performing at the Obama Foundation Summit, and about her backstage encounter with Barack and Michelle!
Get the full scoop on the Obamas’ message to Julia before her performance.
DNAinfo | March 31, 2017
Senite Barih, 14 year old TPMS student, opens up about her struggles facing racism at school and in the community – but how The People’s Music School provides a safe, comforting space where she finds comfort and positive mentors.
Read the full article, which includes testament from a long-time TPMS parent and TPMS President, Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa.
Crain’s Chicago Business | June 23, 2017
Why does the celebrated cellist devote his time and talent to making our city a better place? For Ma, it’s not just about the music.
Find out more about how Yo-Yo Ma makes an impact in Chicago through his involvement with The People’s Music School!
TPMS President and Artistic Director, Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa, talks about the One Chicago campaign, which aims to provide immigrants and refugees with easy access to legal help, medical assistance and other city services online.
See Jennifer’s interview and learn more about One Chicago,
WFMT | December 1, 2016
The People’s Music School was proud to partner with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Yo-Yo Ma for the annual Bach Marathon. In this interview, TPMS sits down with Mr. Ma to discuss music as a service.
NBC Making a Difference | November 15, 2016
NBC Making a Difference speaks with Jimmy Chamberlin about the influence music has had on his life and what makes him feel compelled to give back.
Make It Better | October 6, 2016
Jimmy Chamberlin, Smashing Pumpkins drummer turned local business leader and father, has a message for our kids: “If you’re brave enough to visualize something, it can be attainable.”
Check out the full article, which includes details about our 40th anniversary!
Chicago Sun-Times | July 3, 2016
The People’s Music School has made vast strides in the past two years since our President and Artistic Director Jennifer Matsuzwa re-joined our community after over 10 years with Bain & Company.
Read the full article to learn more about how we’ve opened two new locations and closed a six figure deficit.
Make It Better | June 10, 2016
Asked to perform for the Forefront Luncheon, The People’s Music School made lasting impressions on a crowd of more than 800 people and Yo-Yo Ma! The famous cellist surprised our students through asking if he could join in the performance.
DNAinfo | May 12, 2016
TPMS has always has a strong track record of student achievements. We’ve been hard at work these past two years to make sure our organizational operations are as strong as the community that’s sustained us for the past 40 years.
Read the full article to get the full scoop on our improved financial position and expansion to reach more students.
Built In Chicago | March 9, 2016
The People’s Music School unites techies and musicians alike in our 2nd annual Hackathon event. Technologists work with TPMS students and staff to develop apps as tools for music education. Check out which apps won this year!
Want to see Hackathon first hand? Check it out our video recap to see a quick summary of the day.
Chicago Inno | February 19, 2016
TPMS is always working hard to make sure our students learn the most they can and the best they can. This year, our faculty are using tech tools to test improvements in music instruction for our students. Read Chicago Inno’s article to learn more.
Hungry for more details? Head over to our “Tech + Innovation = Music Magic” blog for even more info.
Crain’s | March 13, 2015
Our President and Artistic Director found change and healing through music at The People’s School, where she had previously taught. She now offers guidance from her experiences to our students.
Read this Crain’s Article to learn more.
Chicago Splash Magazine | October 20, 2014
Chicago Splash Magazine discusses TPMS founder Rita Simó’s legacy, and the appointment of TPMS President & Artistic Director Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa.
The People’s Music School | September 22, 2014
The People’s Music School, the only tuition-free music school serving Chicago metropolitan area children, has appointed Jennifer Kim Matsuzawa as President and Artistic Director.
Longy School of Music | May 27, 2014
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards the Longy School of Music of Bard College a $100,000 Grant to Partner with WolfBrown to Study El Sistema-Inspired Orchestra Education Programs.
WCIU-TV | May 19, 2014
As a teacher who has found her passion in teaching, Stephane Collopy shares the story of why she loves her job at The People’s Music School.
Los Angeles Philharmonic | April 24, 2014
TPMS Youth Orchestras students Adilene, Karina, Alejandro, Luis, and Frank were 5 of only 26 students nation-wide chosen to participate in the first-ever Leadership Forum for Young Musicians in LA in February 2014.
Berklee City Music Network | February 27th, 2013
TPMS becomes a part of the Berklee City Music Network, a consortium of community organizations supported by Berklee City Music.
New York Times | August 26, 2011
“Rebecca Tirado arrived six days early to enroll her 7-year-old twins at the People’s Music School. With a tent, an air mattress and a cooler stocked with Gatorade and yogurt, she and her husband were ready for an extended sidewalk stakeout.”
Why? Read to find out!
Chicago Sun-Times | May 23, 2011
The Chicago Sun Times spends an afternoon at Hibbard Elementary, our Albany Park program site.
The Today Show | June 9, 2005
The Today Show’s Bob Dotson interviews TPMS founder Rita Simo and talks about the history and mission of The People’s Music School in his “Today’s American Story” segment.