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People’s Music School Launches New Initiative with Tech Startups

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Feb 22, 2016

The People’s Music School (Chicago, IL) is partnering with five music tech startups to launch pilot programs that infuse technology into their lessons and classrooms. In return, the startups will get feedback and data from teachers and students to aid product development. According to Kim Matsuzawa, president and artistic director, joining forces with tech startups will improve access and efficiency in music education.

"There is so much tech that is related to music, everything from Guitar Hero to sound engineering equipment," said Matsuzawa. "Some of the most advanced tech is music related . . . But nothing has been applied at a broad scale in a school setting."

The school will be partnering with five tech startups, including Youtopia, Soundslice, Sonation, Joytunes, and Music Prodigy. Each has developed a unique technological solution to a perceived need within music education. For example, Music Prodigy allows teachers to digitally find and create music quizzes and lessons. Each of the five tech companies will be involved in implementing a pilot classroom program at The People’s Music School.

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About The People’s Music School

The People's Music School has provided free, high quality comprehensive musical instruction since its inception in 1976. Located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, the School's programs currently serve 400+ children. On-site offerings include mandatory theory classes, private lessons, ensemble training, and regular performance opportunities. Off-site programs are modeled after the El Sistema philosophy of instruction. The school also seeks to reach audiences that normally do not have access to classical music through its regular performances and special events.

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