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YOURS Project Offers Free Education to Chicago Students

Mike Lawson • News • June 20, 2012

A new program in one of Chicago’s public schools named for The People’s Music School’s founder, Youth Orchestras United Rita Simo, is providing free orchestral music education to Chicago Public School children. A new program in one of Chicago’s public schools named for The People’s Music School’s founder, Youth Orchestras United Rita Simo, is providing free orchestral music education to Chicago Public School children. The program is modeled after the famous “El Sistema” program developed in Venezuela by Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu. The goal of the program is to uplift and improve the lives of children who come from low-income families, which then can improve and transform the community as a whole.

The YOURS Project was founded as a volunteer-run program in 2008. The project aspires to be a city-wide network of “nucleos” (locations that house these orchestras).  Rita Simo founded the People’s Music School was founded in 1976. Read more at the People’s Music School website [http://www.peoplesmusicschool.org/index_files/yours.htm].

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