August 20, 2008

People's Music School Teacher Recognized

The People's Music School in Uptown has been teaching students for more than 30 years. One of its teachers, Carter Hoyt III, was recognized by the Sun Times. This excerpt is from 50 People Who Make Chicago a Better Place

CARTER HOYT III | Making music lessons affordable (free) in Uptown

The People's Music School in Uptown opened its doors in February 1976 and within a few months, guitarist and music teacher Carter Hoyt III knew he had to be part of it.

"Music is ultimately an intricate part of everyone's soul," Hoyt says. "It's a part of humanity and what sets us apart from other species."

Unfortunately, Hoyt says, he realized not everyone has the financial means to study music, and that's where the school comes in. Students exchange a few hours of volunteer work assisting at the school for free music classes taught by professionals.

"Music has given so much to me, teaching here was a way to give back," he says.

Hoyt, who now teaches the school's music theory classes for adults, figures he has instructed thousands of students in both that subject and guitar.

"I'm here until they kick me out or I fall over from exhaustion," he says with a chuckle.


Anonymous said...

I lived in Uptown in the 70s when the people music school opened.. I only atteDED FOR ABOUT 2 MONTHS, THERE WAS A LADY NAMED RITA WHO RAN IT. They were all very nice , and were teaching students to read music. I learned a little before I stopped going. I They also gave private lessons . it was all free , and friendly. It was located on Sheridan sanwhiched between montose and wilson. I am surprized they are still around all these years. I was only about 14 when they opened. Frank

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