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February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

My two daughters have attended Hayward La Honda music camp over the past four years and have enjoyed camp enormously as well as growing musically through this experience. The instructors are experienced first class musicians that work very well with teens and I have heard many glowing reviews from my girls about the instuctors at camp. The setting is beautiful and really gets you out in the woods and away from the burbs. The friendships made at camp with other young musicians from the Bay Area has been what my girls cherish most. I highly recommend this La Honda Music Camp.

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

Helpful, professional and great at working with teens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

My daughter has participated in the Hayward La Honda Music Camp in each of the last four years. While she has played various musical instruments in several school and non-school ensembles for over 12 years, it is this organization that shee singles out for special praise. In particular, La Honda provides first class musical instruction. Even though she has had very good music teachers in the past, it is at La Honda that the instructors corrected her posture and breathing, improved her embrasure and taught her to cut her own reeds. She always returns from La Honda a noticably improved musician. Equally important, she enjoys the experience and looks forward to the Camp each year. The setting is wonderful, the activities engaging and instructors are enthusiatic and personable. She has made friends at Camp from all over the Bay Area and maintains contact with them throughout the year. In fact, she and another La Honda alumus formed their own independent ensemble outside. I cannot recommend this organization high enough for their excellent program.

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

my daughter's improved musical proficiency.

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

talented in their fields, dedicated to music education and very student-focused. They made the experience both educational and enjoyable. They put the "camp" in Hayward La Honda Music Camp.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

My daughter has attended Hayward La Honda Music Camp for four years. It's the high point of her summer, and she schedules all other camps and commitments around it. The music education is incredible -- immersive and fun at the same time. There are enough other activities that add fun to camp also, especially horseback riding and games. Teachers and conductors are top-notch, and offer a depth of knowledge that can't easily be accessed elesewhere.

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

Improved music skills and ability for my daughter

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

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

Fun provided at camp, and an opportunity to increase music skills. As school music programs dwindle, this camp provides an opportunity for kids to get a top quality music experience and play with others in a band or symphony.

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

First rate people who work at this camp. Excellent teachers and conductors.

Ways to make it better...

Camp registration opening dates were a little more dependable.

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

Decreases in school music program funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

My son attended the camp last year for the first time. He started from not knowing what to expect to totally looking forward to going there again this year. The camp provides a total emersion environment for music - from reading music, skill challenges, musicianship, and respect for others. Bonding for many long lasting friendships is also integral part of the outcome.

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

the way my son continues to play his trumpet without feeling frustrated when he can't play it the way he wants. He will keep trying and practicing and he will eventually get it.

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

the orientation that made the campers feel so welcomed and the concert at the end was impressive after only one week that the camper met and work together on their pieces.

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

very devoted music lovers.

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

cast a big net of music to neutralize people's stressful life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I have been a camper the past 7 years at La Honda Music Camp and it has changed my life. I have met my best friends there, and I can attribute my musical successes to the camp experience. The staff is welcoming and friendly. I have made bonds with many of them and can't thank them enough for the musical education they have given me. I am now in college with a music scholarship and the counselors and staff members that I have had contact with during my time at camp regularly check up on me and encourage my love of music. La Honda music camp is my home away from home. I miss it often and look forward to it every year.

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

the friends I have made and the encouragement given by the staff in regards to my musical experience.

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

change children's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

After sending students to La Honda for the past two summers, and also personally visiting the camp during the summer sessions, I am writing to say what a wonderful experience this camp provides. To be amidst 1000 acres of redwoods making music with some of the top pros in the music world is an experience unlike any other. Thank you, La Honda, for all you do!

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

seeing all the smiles on the faces of the happy campers while performing music with top pros amidst the 1000 acres of redwood trees that this camp sits within.

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

outstanding music professionals who have an unending passion for passing along their wisdom and experience to all the fortunate kids who attend their summer music camp programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 22, 2010

It was really fun and the staff was very helpful. I learned how to play better and noticed a significant difference in my playing.

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

The kind of staff at La Honda Music Camp was fun and exciting. I had a really good time with all of the very friendly staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 22, 2010

This camp is amazing! The final concert after being together only one week is phenomenal! The counselors are fabulous. The kids learn so much and have fun doing it. I listen to the camp CDs while driving and marvel at the talent. My grandsons have attended several sessions and the week at music camp is the highlight of their year.

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

Witnessing the growth in my grandsons

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

Seeing the talent of the next generation

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

Kind, loving, firm, talented - very special people

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

expend, replicate, offer more session such as Winter and Spring breaks

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 22, 2010

I love music but as a student I didn't know what I wanted to do with it. By attending this great music camp I was exposed to writing music, playing music, professional musicians, the whole picture of the music world and all the opportunities that are out there. It was also a fun summer camp in a great location, well run with a huge concert at the end of the week with everyone involved. I have fond memories of music camp.

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

...sponsor more deserving young musicians that might not be able to afford the cost of camp. There are so many gifted students out there, but so often it is a matter of money. We all have heard the facts that studying music helps in math and science.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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