Joy of Music Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   58 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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

Rating: 1 stars  

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

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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

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people 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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people 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!!

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people 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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people 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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people 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.

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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

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

In 2001 we were in search of a saxophone instructor for my son, an aspiring young musician. JOMP was recommended to us. My son took private saxophone and jazz instruction at JOMP throughout his entire high school career, working primarily with Jim Allard and Jerry Sabatini. He enjoyed working with these and many of the other talented instructors at JOMP. During that time my son was selected to play in the MMEA Sr. Central District Jazz band twice, in his sophomore and senior years of high school. He went on to major in music in college and during the summer months has partipated in JOMP's alumni programs. JOMP is a very well run music school with excellent and inspiring instructors and outstanding program leadership. We continue to support JOMP every year with their Annual Fund, used to provide music instruction scholarships. I highly recommend JOMP and support and admire their service to community.

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

watching my son grow into the musician he has wanted to become. JOMP helped to put him on this path.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

JOMP has been a huge part of my life for the past 10 years. I've never experienced another community that offers such support, individual attention, and love. JOMP reaches out to everybody and lets them know they're valued.

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

The quality of my life. JOMP has always been there for me.

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

Seeing the opportunities JOMP provides for individuals.

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

Intellectual, compassionate, friendly, well-educated in their fields.

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

Spread the Joy of Music!

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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