The Academy’s mission is to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all students.
We believe that music is a core to a students’
development, especially to children and youth, and must be available to all of them.
To offer the highest quality music instruction and
performance opportunities for students of all ages.
To help young people achieve their full musical potential,
To remove social and economic barriers to participation, and to inspire personal and educational growth through music.
To create a musical community that is rich in cultural,
social, and intellectual diversity. An important enrichment to individualized education is the work students do in different ensembles: choir, chamber ensemble, piano ensembles and chamber orchestra.
Thanks to their hard, dedicated work, their skills and knowledge, students of PaSO Academy are admitted to the best Chicago high schools - often outside the administrative boundaries, where they are awarded scholarships and numerous awards. For those from poor city neighborhoods this is a truly life-changing opportunity.