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Joy of Music Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   60 reviews 7,335

Address:

One Gorham St Worcester MA 01605 USA

Mission:

Our mission is "to foster community through accessible music education and performance." Our primary goal is to help students make music a joyful part of their lives. Our strong commitment to serving the whole community is at the core of our vision as a community music school, reflected in our efforts to keep our tuition affordable, to provide financial aid, and to reach out to the underserved populations in our community.

Target demographics:

All ages

Direct beneficiaries per year:

600+

Geographic areas served:

Central Massachusetts

Programs:

Approximately 563 students study music in classes and receive lessons.

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508-856-9541
www.jomp.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

What an incredible COMMUNITY music school centrally located right here in Worcester, MA extremely easy to get to with quick access to nearby highways making our TWICE a week commute from Leominster very doable. Our son, Ryan, has been playing the sax since 5th grade while taking private lessons locally in Leominster. His musical abilities quickly flourished and we began our search in 7th grade for advanced musical studies for him. It truly was a blessing to personally visit with JOMP and see for ourselves all that the Joy of Music Program has to offer -- a musical door truly opened that day for Ryan and for our family!

Being hopeful to find a good fit for Ryan, we couldn't believe all that JOMP has to offer - 1:1 with amazingly talented, exceptional professional music teachers who possess such passion, dedication and patience, with a knowledgeable, friendly staff who all truly care about each of their students with such genuine warmth and compassion!

We feel very much like a family at JOMP connected by our joy for music. Ryan thoroughly looks forward to his weekly sax lessons & Jazz Ensemble with his instructor Tucker Antell and the time Ryan and Tucker share together collaborating is TRULY PRICELESS! Tucker is such an incredibly talented professional musician and his personal demeanor and outstanding teaching abilities exceed our high expectations. Ryan leaves his Jazz lessons feeling refreshed and engerized with such enthusiasm for his music. This speaks volumes to us and Ryan's musical knowledge and abilities have grown significantly in just 2 years since joining JOMP.

Tucker Antell is a fine example of the many very talented and professional music instructors that make this exceptional music school - OUTSTANDING!

After two exceptional years with JOMP, we recently contemplated our ability to afford to continue Ryan's music instruction knowing he would soon be attending private high school this Fall. JOMP made us quickly realize that with Ryan's strong musical talent, along with his hard work and dedication to his musical journey, he should indeed continue and JOMP graciously awarded Ryan with a financial aid package allowing us to continue making affordable monthly payments while Ryan continues to study under such incredible mentors.

We are excited and very grateful to be part of this remarkable music school and with the recent expansive beautiful auditorium, all of the music performances will be even more extraordinary for all to enjoy!

It's a true pleasure to be part of JOMP and to share and encourage anyone who may be musically interested, at any music level, to learn more about this outstanding community music school. We highly recommend a visit, meet the staff, and personally see this impressive school for yourself -- you will be very glad you did!

Check out their website: www.jomp.org

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps improve communication between families, instructors and front staff to be sure we all are on the same page when changes pop up in scheduling.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

JOMP is where I credit the vast majority of my high school musical training that prepared me for college, graduate school, and a career as a professional saxophonist. If it were not for this amazing program, the arts community of central Massachusetts would be at a serious loss.

As far as the comment about this place being a "rip-off", I couldn't disagree more. Tuition at JOMP serves to pay the outstanding teachers who are at the top of the field, the staff (who, after ten years, still recognize and hug me and my family), and to give scholarships to hard-working students who are eager to learn. I happily drove 20-30 minutes each way, paid the tuition, and still donate to their scholarship fund because, if it were not for this organization, there would be far less artists and music lovers in the world.

 
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6 people found this review helpful

The Joy of Music Program is truly a remarkable organization. Rich, Wendy, and their staff are incredibly kind, dedicated, and are genuinely invested in their students and teachers. For two years I took lessons and was involved in chamber ensembles, even though the drive is 30 minutes each way. If it were not for JOMP, I would not be the musician I am today, and I'm so grateful that I was able to work with such wonderful, inspiring people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

saxophone lessons, the advanced jazz ensemble, and saxophone quartet.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they have dozens of groups unlike almost any other music school. There are countless opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, artist, dancers, etc.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give more scholarships to students who want to learn.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I love JOMP. I went to JOMPathon January 29th 2011. The atmosphere was happy and warm. I knew I would learn music here. I started taking trumpet lessons from Jerry Sabatini in February 2011. This has been so rewarding and has enriched my life. You feel very comfortable and at home in JOMP. It is a wonderful place to come and learn music from some of the best teachers and performers in New England. I also volunteer and attend most events put on by JOMP.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

JOMP was a huge part of my childhood, and I cannot say enough good things about them. They offer an incredible music program, and what really sets them apart is their focus on collaboration and individual growth as a musician, rather than competition between students. Their financial aid program makes them accessible to students from all backgrounds, and at all levels of musicianship (not just child prodigies and superstars -- if a kid needs financial aid for her first recorder class, she can get it). When I was a student, I benefited from their financial aid program, and in their last year, they gave out over $110,000 in financial aid. I am so glad to be able to support this amazing organization.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

They're all about the the $$$$. Give them more...$ and they will like you.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Joy of Music is an accurate name for this program. As a music teacher myself, I wanted the best for my sons' music lessons! When my oldest started at JOMP, he was an anxious adolescent. After a few lessons, his observation was "Mom, there's something wrong with this place. Everyone is always smiling!" I told him that it was because the program was all about the "JOY of music"! Rich and Wendy Ardizzone's commitment to the program and their tireless hours and enthusiasm for what they do does trickle down to the staff and teachers. I taught at another community music school from the day it opened until it closed only a few years later. The school I taught at was less successful because it lacked the dedication and vision that is so obvious from the directors and board members at JOMP. Every teacher I have encountered at JOMP loves what they do and it shows - the students feel it, and know success because of it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The teachers and staff truly communicate the joy of making music. They truly care about their student's success and cooperate with the parent to help ensure a good experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My kids have gone to Jomp. I started sax lessons as an adult at Jomp. My daughter's week is not complete without her orchestra practice at Jomp. My week is not complete without my Jazz ensemble at Jomp. The instructers are unbelievable and supporting. A GEM IN WORCESTER!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

student and parent of student

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

place to learn to play

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Teach the world to play!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I was a teacher at JOMP for 10 years and found the school a refreshing change from the other competitive, high-pressure inistitutions at which I teach. The environment at JOMP is nurturing, supportive, and the student body truly cares about making fine music together. The faculty is top-notch; but even though they have come from some of the most competitive schools in the country (and world), they treat their students with kindness and respect while encouraging them to challenge themselves and strive for excellence.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the nurturing and encouraging environment at the school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

JOMP has been a blessing in my son's life. As a parent I knew I wanted my child to be involved in a music program as I had grown up with music and had attended college as a music major myself. My son started music and movement classes at five and has been there ever since. Now a senior in high school my son studies with Rich Ardizzone who is patient, kind and interested in his life, not just giving him a trombone lesson. His dedication is indicative of the commitment I see in the staff at JOMP. I have also been fortunate to receive financial aid from JOMP. Their interest never seems to be in profit, but from enriching the lives of their students and the community through music.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching my son not only how to play a musical instrument well, but how to become a mature student.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the support, consideration and the shared joy found in music with the families they serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgable, kind and interested in their students and their students' families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Joy of Music Program for 14 years as a parent of a student, a beginning adult student, and a board member. I have the greatest respect for this organization. JOMP is truly a community music school accessible to all regardless of age, income and ability through JOMP's outreach, student and faculty performances, and the financial aid program. The school is run with great care and dedication. It matches teacher to student and selects teachers based not only on their talent but on their ability to nurture, encourage and adapt to each student's needs. Central Massachusetts is fortunate to have this wonderful school that not only develops great musicians but also teaches the love of music.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enthusiasm and love of music shared by the faculty and staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, helpful and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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