The People's Music School

The People’s Music School

931 W. Eastwood Ave. Chicago, 60640

Please share your mission. 

Our mission is to deliver access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, students achieve excellence in all areas of life.

Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission. 

The People’s Music School envisions a society where all children have access to the unique social, emotional, intellectual benefits achieved through musical excellence. We believe music is transformative and empowers the lives of youth, families and communities. TPMS delivers access to the benefits of high-quality, tuition-free music education. Through intensive instruction and performance, students achieve excellence in music that transfers to other areas in life. They grow musically, socially, emotionally and intellectually, and develop a foundation of responsibility, self-esteem, resilience and purpose. Music gives children in high crime neighborhoods an alternate path that combines consistent challenge with support throughout childhood, and a means of positive social inclusion. The People’s Music School has always focused its efforts on serving Chicago’s underserved, low-income population. Over 90% of our students are of color. Our school draws its students from over 45 different zip codes around the city of Chicago, from 8000N to 13000S, from West Lawn to Englewood to Rogers Park. In many cases, our programs are the only opportunity for after-school intervention in these young students’ lives.