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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: The mission of Desert Sounds is to provide opportunities for those who demonstrate a desire to pursue educational experiences through musical collabroations and promote the highest quality musical performances for the enjoyment of audiences.

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Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: The Jeremy Project, Musical Mentors, Mariachi "Sones del Deseirto"

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

AidaMedina

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is an awesome program offered to children whom want to play an instrument and are not able to afford rental or are not in any means educated on how to learn how to play an instrument, the Organization Desert Sounds has help children get there instruments and learning to play music on top of expanding children’s minds has also help children from the program bring up grades in school, also volunteers in addition to funding also help to keep the organizations vital. The Director from Desert Sounds has other programs that help children learn other cultural types of music for example the Mariachi group of all ages is also an awesome program offered by Desert Sounds the Director has put in a lot of time into this program and are always looking into more volunteers to add and any donations will be greatly put to use for the future of our children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DESERT SOUNDS is an amazing organization with a hard-working Director who makes it all work for students and parents. Desert Sounds provides instruments to students who otherwise would not be able to learn or play music. The rewards of studying music remain a life-long experience that develops the whole child. In this economic time, it is a struggle for children and their parents to gain access to an instrument but Desert Sounds will reach out to any child's school to work with the family and the music teacher in their school to provide an instrument. The organization survives on donations & will purchase new instruments for the child to use for the entire school year. As a small child, I grew up listening to music; throughout my education, I studied classical music and have been working with elementary, high school & university students for 50 years. All my children studied music throughout their school educations (elementary, high school, and university) and I attest to the impact that music has made in their lives. Not only gaining the music knowledge but their overall learning skills and work/study habits were remarkable. I give praise to Jennifer Crews, her staff and the entire Desert Sounds Organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Desert Sounds is a nonprofit arts organization based in Tempe, Arizona serving the needs of low income residents in the Phoenix area. They provide free instruments to students who would like to join band or orchestra in their schools but cannot afford to get their own instrument. I teach orchestra in an area where many students fit this profile. These students turn to Desert Sounds to get an instrument to use for the school year. After receiving an instrument from Desert Sounds, they come to orchestra with a huge smile on their faces. They are so excited to get their own instrument! They are responsible and take care of their instruments throughout the whole school year. These students are thankful for the services they receive from Desert Sounds. I want to thank the owner and operator of this organization for the services given to my students. Thank you, Desert Sounds!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Desert Sounds is a shoestring operation with a passionate executive director that has grown the program from one school and a few instruments to supplying over 400 low income students with high quality instruments that allow them to participate and perform in school bands of all types in nine school sites and four districts. Outstanding!

Jared L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed by Desert Sounds’ mission that I have decided to serve on the Board. Desert Sounds serves a critical area that is often neglected – cultivating musical aptitudes in children who have the desires to learn music but lack the economic background to participate. Musical instrument and lessons are expensive to many families who struggle to make ends meet. As a result, music lessons are often one of the first things that is cut when families face budgetary constrains. Dessert Sounds provides an affordable means for these beautiful and talented children to participate in the wonderful world of music creation. I am convinced that children who devote their time and dedication to learn a musical instrument are preparing themselves the disciplines and skills necessary for them to succeed in college and their professions later in their lives. I have seen the organization work, and it is truly a labor of love. Working with very limited resources, Desert Sound delivers beyond its perceived capabilities and makes an resounding impact in the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been an absolute pleasure working with Desert Sounds. If it were not for their generosity, my 6th grade daughter would not have had the opportunity this year to play the trumpet. This experience has greatly enriched my daughter's life, and has improved her performance in all areas of schooling. She loves to play in the school band, and it was made possible by Desert Sounds.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Desert Sounds has been awesome at providing my low income students with instruments. They have been prompt and easy to work with.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the onset, Desert Sounds Performing Arts has been a "grass roots" organization of parents that have sought funding resources to put instruments in the hands of students that wouldn't be able to participate in Band or String programs otherwise.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Desert Sounds provided band instruments to students in my band classes. I didn't have enough instruments for all my students and their families couldn't afford to rent from a music store. I greatly appreciate their work and how they have helped my students.