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2017

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!


‘Music Gives Me A Voice:’ 12-Year-Old Cellist Julia Soto On Performing at 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.


Kids facing Racism, Trauma Find Safe Haven at People’s Music School

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.


Can Yo-Yo Ma save Chicago? He’s certainly trying.

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!


‘One Chicago’ Launches, Gives Refugees Easy Access To City Services

CBS Chicago

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,

2016

The Single Most Important Piece of Advice Yo-Yo Ma Has for Young Musicians Today

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.

Read on, and learn more about the Bach Marathon through this great video.


Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Helps Keep Much-Needed Music School Tuition-Free

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.

See the full story!


TPMS 40th Anniversary honoring Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin

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!


Kapos: Matsuzawa leads turnaround at People’s Music School

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.


Yo-Yo Ma at the Forefront of Social Impact

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.

Read this Make It Better article to learn more, and check out this video of our talented students performing with Yo-Yo Ma!


The People’s Music School is Back

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.


This Hackathon brings Chicago’s Best Technologists and Musicians Together

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.


What Can Music Education Learn From Tech Startups?

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.

2015

How Music Helped this Finance Exec Cope with Loss

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.

2014

The People’s Music School Passes on Baton – Renewing the Treasure Rita Simó Gave Chicago

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.

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The People’s Music School Names Matsuzawa “President and Artistic Director”

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.

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TPMS Selected for Study of El Sistema-Inspired Orchestra Education Programs

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.

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TPMS Teacher Featured on WCIU-TV “I Love My Job”

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.

Courtesy of WCIU’s You & Me This Morning

TPMS Students Travel to LA to Participate in The Leadership Forum for Young Musicians

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.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

2013

Welcome to Our Partner, Berklee City Music Network

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.

2011

Free Music School’s Cost: A Week on the Sidewalk

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!


Teaching Music is a Team Sport

Chicago Sun-Times | May 23, 2011

The Chicago Sun Times spends an afternoon at Hibbard Elementary, our Albany Park program site.

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2005

The People’s Music School – Today Show 2005

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.

Watch the whole interview!