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March 5, 2013

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March 5, 2013

My name is Joshua Sjoen, and I am a graduate composition student at UNLV. I would like to give a big thanks to Mr. Harold Weller, Trustee of the Foundation to Assist Young Musicians for his generous donation of a brand new full size Kurzweil Electronic Keyboard! And also a big thanks to Mr. Bob Thompson, the original donor! If not for this generosity, I would have a fairly difficult time with my work. The keyboard is a big part of my life now, as it is the most important resource that I use while I compose. So far, I have only used it for composing, but as a musician trying to get my foot in the music scene here in Las Vegas, I see great potential in its uses for performance as well. Keyboards are just the most useful tool for any musician! Although I have had limited interaction with FAYM, I would love to be more involved with such a fantastic organization, where the love of music flourishes in the hearts of today's youth.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 27, 2012

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April 27, 2012

Harold Weller and FAYM change people's lives and bring the beauty of music into hearts and souls!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 4, 2010

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February 4, 2010

This cause is the most life changing experience I've seen in my life. When I see someone being chnaged by this foundation it puts a smile on my face.

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

their videos

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 2, 2010

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February 2, 2010

I am a retired elementary school principal in Las Vegas, Nevada. My entire 27 year career was dedicated to 'at risk' student populations. I currently volunteer my time to FAYM by bringing violin instruction to a population that is not able to afford it. We start with 5 year old students and intend to teach and mentor with the intent of guiding them to college. We are not trying to create professional musicians, but are attempting to provide a a way to fund a college degree with music scholarships. We currently have 15 kindergarten students taking two lessons per week. In December they played their first 'concert' which lasted approximately 6 minutes as they played 'The Pepperoni Pizza Song' and 'Los Pollitos.' Their next concert will be this March and will feature our students playing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' along with several variations of this song. For their first concert they only used open strings. For this concert they will be using thier left hand to 'finger' more notes thus making their music more beautiful! Each week I see and assist the children with their lessons as their parents actively participate in the teaching and learning. It is my privilege to give my time to FAYM with the hopes of making a difference in the lives of children.

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

At this time, everyone on our staff is a volunteer. I would love to have the funding to pay our teachers and to expand this program to students in other needy communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

As a volunteer teacher with FAYM, I've been working with kindergarten kids with much enthusiasm and passion. I contribute to FAYM violin program more than 10 hours a week teaching kids the basics on how to play the violin, and I hope they can build self-esteem and confidence by devoloping their talents and being a well-round citizen of this country.

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

promoting young musicians in their studies and career. Giving opportunities to inner city kids to study violin and develop their talents in music.

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

do no changes now, but I need to see how it goes.

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

the opportunity to teach young kids and see their progress.

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

Maestro Hal Weller and Arturo Ochoa who are very supportive of my work.

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

expand and be successful in Las Vegas

Ways to make it better...

I had more support in the community and more visibility, and financial support so that I could dedicate more this cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting it running smoothly despite all odds as well as financial support to keep it running.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'd like to help more not only teaching but also contributing financially to this noble cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

I met the Trustee of the Foundation, Hal Weller, and began doing website design for their new website. I've been inspired by the great work done by the Foundation to provide much needed support to gifted young musicians and to music education to underprivileged children.

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

reviewing the results of providing funding to a number of excellent young musicians worthy of support for their continued development

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

Expand the organization to include other like-minded organizations, national and international, under the umbrella of the Foundation. This, of course, would require increased funding.

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

the chance to offer my artistic and organizational expertise to develop an attractive and effective website; to participate in programs designed to bring in youth from underprivileged families to get musical education they would not otherwise receive.

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

Hal Weller, the Founder Trustee, who is an exceptional visionary in music education.

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

Expand the organization and develop synergistic programs with many other musical support groups for young musicians; offer grants and scholarships to these organizations; develop outstanding national youth symphonies.

Ways to make it better...

There have been no problems.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Obtaining adequate funding to carry out expansion and integration of other youth music support groups.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The concepts for musical education put forth by the Foundation are most needed in our world. Music is a power and force that has universal appeal, and can create results that are of the highest order in facilitating better people and better societies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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