Rita Simó

Rita Simó

Founder


People's Music School

Chicago, IL USA


Being petrified is part of everything, but you don't stop doing it. You're scared to death, but you keep on going. If you fail, then you try it another way.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
She was born in a nice town in the Dominican Republic, but it was still a third-world country.
When she first saw a piano, she was immediately drawn to it; her family realized she had a natural talent.
As one of the great Dominican talents, she was often forced to perform for dictator Rafael Trujillo and his "cronies," which she hated.
However, she says that for as terrible of a man as Trujillo was, he always encouraged his people to develop their talents.
For example, Rita's music education began when she won a national contest and was sent to New York to study at Juilliard.
She quickly learned that in the U.S., if you wanted to learn music, you had to pay; in contrast, her Dominican music classes had always been free.
Her life's goal suddenly became apparent: she wanted to teach free music classes for American children.
Says that the only person who's going to call something a "failure" is you; most "failures" are simply stepping stones to your next adventure.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Music Performance, General
The Juilliard School
Graduate
Music Performance, General
The Juilliard School
Doctorate
Music Performance, General
Boston University

Career

Founder

I help students discover their self-worth through their love of music.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Music
Helping People