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Registration is open!

Apply using this link by May 22 to be entered in the enrollment lottery.

2022-2023 Registration Information

The People’s Music School (TPMS) has provided  tuition-free, after school instruction to thousands of Chicagoland children over the last 45 years. Below please see the details for our 2022-2023 registration process. Eligibility Information

To learn more about our programs, click here.


New Students:

  • April 25: New Student Registration Opens: Registration Form
  • May 22: New Student Registration Closes
  • May 26: Lottery held
  • May 27: Lottery Acceptances Sent
  • May 31: All students required to confirm their enrollment 

Sibling Registration: (siblings of current TPMS students only)

  • April 18: Sibling Registration Opens
  • April 29: Sibling Registration Closes
  • May 2: Sibling Registration Acceptances sent

SLAM Registration 

 https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82667066339 / Passcode: SLAM

  • May 1: SLAM Application Closes
  • May 15-21: SLAM Auditions as part of regular TPMS Juries
  • June 4: SLAM Acceptances sent


The People’s Music School selects new students through a lottery drawing, which will be held on May 26 and shared on our Facebook page. The number of available spots per age and site varies from year to year. Students who are not selected for enrollment through the lottery drawing will automatically be placed on our waiting list. Interested families must submit a registration form before May 22 to be considered for the drawing. The registration form to apply will be made available to the public on April 25.

All families will be notified by phone/email/text by June 1. To confirm your child’s enrollment, you are required to attend an orientation session (date to be announced) and submit supplementary enrollment documentation. Families will receive an invitation to the orientation if their child is selected in the lottery. 

More details about the process of registering a new student at TPMS can be found in this Registration Frequently Asked Questions document. If you would like to speak to someone about enrolling your child at TPMS, please contact: 

Kelly Dennis, Sr. Manager of Student & Family Services




Siblings of current students are eligible to apply for sibling registration. Siblings will be chosen first for any spaces which are available for new students. The number of slots for new students at each age range vary from year to year. 

Parents must complete the Sibling Registration form for each sibling they would like to enroll. Sibling Registration forms received after April 29 will not receive preference and will be entered into the lottery on May 26. 

Students selected for Sibling Registration will be contacted by May 2. 

CURRENT STUDENTS who meet all program requirements will automatically be re-enrolled for the next school year unless they inform their Program Manager that they will not be returning in the Fall. 


SLAM (Service, Leadership, and Mentorship) is The People’s Music School’s high school honors program. At SLAM, students have the opportunity to be challenged through more advanced solo and ensemble playing. They learn the importance of SERVICE through unique performance and volunteer opportunities, develop  LEADERSHIP skills by being ambassadors for the TPMS community and provide and receive MENTORSHIP that will help them become the next generation of citizen artists. 

SLAM is a competitive program that requires commitment to Saturdays. Current TPMS students interested in joining SLAM should complete the following steps: 

  • Complete a SLAM Application between April 1st – May 1st 
  • Request your instrumental teacher AND site program manager to complete this Recommendation Form
  • Attend the Virtual SLAM Open House on April 19th 
  • Perform the following audition repertoire during your regular TPMS jury:
    • Two contrasting pieces
    • One major and one minor scale 

(Audition recordings reviewed by current SLAM faculty and staff)

Accepted students will be notified on June 4th as part of our annual Performapaloozathon celebration, with the deadline to confirm participation by June 11th. 

Auditions for students outside of TPMS will be by invitation only in May 2022. 

If you are a partner organization or local high school with students who may be a good fit for the SLAM Program, please reach out to david.sands@peoplesmusicschool.org to schedule an information session.