The People’s Music School began as a small storefront in 1976, and has since expanded to cultivate hundreds of young, growing minds throughout Chicago.

What started out as a vision has now grown into a reality as we impact students and their families in the Uptown, Albany Park, Back of the Yards, and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods. We provide a safe and nurturing environment so that each child can reach their highest potential and grow musically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually through the benefits of music education, regardless of economic barriers.

Led by professionally-trained faculty, students receive intensive music education for on average nine hours each week in our four core areas of music instruction: music theory, group instruction, individual instruction, and performance ensembles. We are 100% free, 100% underserved, over 90% of color with a 100% high school graduation and college attendance rate. Learn more about how we transform and empower lives through music education.

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