WHO WE ARE
The South Side Free Music Program (SSFMP) is a student run organization at the University of Chicago. Founded in 2010 in response to music program cuts across Chicago Public Schools, the SSFMP is dedicated to providing a one-on-one music education to South Side students by pairing them up with UChicago student teachers. With outreach in locations all over South Side Chicago, including Hyde Park, Washington Park, and Woodlawn, the SSFMP hopes to build strong community relationships while fostering a growth and love of music.
The SSFMP provides one-on-one instructional musical and instrumental lessons to students of all ages and musical abilities. Based on a student's age, musical level, and instrument of interest, he or she will be matched with a capable UChicago student teacher/musician. All lesson schedules will be arranged between the teacher and the student/parent, and on average, consist of weekly 30-minute lessons in Goodspeed Hall or the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, both of which are located on campus.
Please reach out to us if the instrument you would like to learn is not listed above. Certain instruments are not as popular with students or there may be fewer teachers who can play that instrument. However, we have a very large network of UChicago student teachers who play a wide variety of instruments, so we may be able to accommodate you.
BECOME A PART OF SSFMP
BECOME A PART OF SSFMP
Parents & Music Educators
If you have any questions about our organization, please contact us via e-mail or the contact form on the following page. If you are interested in lessons for your child through SSFMP, please fill out our Google form that we will link soon (September!) and we will match you with a UChicago student teacher best suited for your child's needs.
The link to sign up is: https://forms.gle/4g8TLcZYR6X95ZgC6
If you enjoy teaching, want to keep up with your playing during the school year, and want to share your love of music, then please consider joining SSFMP! Student teachers are a crucial part of our organization, and we are always welcoming more instructors. Whether you play a popular instrument, like the piano, or a less popular instrument, please reach out and become a part of the SSFMP student teacher network. Please fill out our Google form (that we will release in September) and we will get in touch with you soon!