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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

I have been teaching guitar at JOMP for the past few years and I appreciate more and more the fine work that Wendy and Rich do in running the school, and in their personal relations with the faculty and the community. As a teacher I feel I am respected, and carefully considered by the directors, staff, and other teachers, and have made some of the most satisfying connections with students in my 30 odd years of teaching.

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

observations of the work of my own and other faculty members' students. The Faculty are devoted and the students are wonderful.

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

the sense of commitment, attention to details, and feeling of community.

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

friendly and helpful.

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

possibly improve the facility; even so they do very well with what they have.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been a board member for about 10 years. Wendy Ardizzone had a wonderful vision which is reflected in the school's mission. She and Rich are extraordinarily talented and energetic musicians and administrators which has resulted in them fulfilling that mission for many years now under challenging financial constraints. Worcester is very lucky to have the school.

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

They do everything well.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I've been involved with JOMP since I was five or six years old -- first through music and movement, then chorus, then private piano and flute lessons and various ensembles. I can honestly say that very few things were more central to my growth than JOMP was. The chamber orchestra, especially, was a great thing for me throughout high school - it was a privilege to be able to play fantastic repertoire at Mechanics Hall twice a year. I think what sets JOMP apart from other music programs is the faculty... there's a ridiculously high concentration of teachers who are really exceptional musicians and people who care so much about imparting their love of music to their students.

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

So good. Just a really fantastic and supportive community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I have two children who are study at JOMP, my son studies clarinet for about 4 years, my daughter started to take cello lessons last September. My children love their teachers, they leanred so much in such short period. This is such a nice program to teach music, and both of them made great progress. I also have been impressed by other students every time attending their recitals. I feel so fortunate to have a great music school in our community

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

seeing my children's progress

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

that every one their enjoy music so much

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

very professional, very kind and encouraging. Their love of music insipre their students.

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

offer so much more to the community, with concerts, music lessons, make our community a better place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I have been a student at the Joy of Music Program for over 5 years now. I have taken private violin lessons, and have been a member of the Joy of Music Chamber Orchestra, as well as many different string ensembles. I have loved every minute of my time there. I love the fact that JOMP is such a welcoming community of musicians. I will be graduating from high school this year but look forward to coming back to JOMP as an alumni! I hope to major in violin performance or music theory/compostition in college.

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Wendy, Rich, and the entire staff at JOMP are some of the most helpful, friendly, and supportive people I've ever met. Not to mention extremely knowledgable about music!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

This is an amazing organization. I'm an adult who studied classical music as a young person. After 30 years away from playing music, I decided to pick it up again by taking jazz lessons. The school welcomed me with open arms, and for the last three years, any evening I spend playing music there during a lesson or ensemble is truly the best night of my week. The instructors not only play at the highest professional levels, they pass on their own joy of music with expertise and patience. It's wonderful to see this kind of learning experience available to both young and old. Great facility, great staff, great community music school.

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

hearing students performances and recitals. Walking down a hallway hearing a fantastic range of music come from behind closed doors. Listening to young students perform during recitals - with talent and joyous enthusiasm at all levels of ability.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I am a high school junior, and I have been at the Joy of Music Program since I was 4 years old. I’ve done a number of groups and private lessons over the years, and I must say that I’ve had nothing but positive experiences. Part of this has to do with the fact that JOMP always hires the most spectacular faculty around. I have had the privilege of working with faculty on both the jazz wing and the classical wing of the school, and whatever the genre of music, the instruction is always first-rate. Another thing that makes the school so great is the warm, inviting atmosphere that director Wendy Ardizzone and associate director Rich Ardizzone have created at JOMP’s home in Worcester. The whole experience is one that is supporting and encouraging, no matter what a player’s skill level may be. I highly recommend the Joy of Music Program for anybody who wants a positive, uplifting experience.

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

Spread the joy of music even further than it already does

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I learned of JOMP when our children were very young. They took early childhood music classes at a different community music school but when it came time to begin violin lessons, that school did not have a female teacher which was our daughter's preference. We turned to JOMP and were pleased at the array of choices in scheduling and faculty. Our three daughters have been taking lessons at JOMP for the past 6 years under the instruction of the same teacher. We have been most appreciative of and delighted by the services JOMP provides. They have been unerring in their level of professionality in both administration and music instruction. We have always felt welcome there and find JOMP to be a very important part of our family's experience.

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

the ability to provide consistent quality music instruction.

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

watching our children blossom musically and in confidence through their musical growth.

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

have always been most professional, respectful and kind.

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

bring music instruction and appreciation to a broader population.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

This is my first year teaching piano at JOMP, and I have been very impressed with the overall professionalism of all the staff, and faculty. JOMP has a very friendly, and welcoming environment to everyone. It's great that students have a place to go in the community to learn, grow, and develop their musical talents.

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

Having a chance to serve the community while teaching at JOMP.

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

The opportunity to teach some wonderful students, and to help them learn and enjoy music.

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

Very friendly and professional.

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

Improve the facilities that are necessary for a positive teaching experience, such as having pianos that are in tune. It would also allow JOMP to reach out to more people in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I've had children attend the school, have served on the board, and have taken lessons (group jazz improvisation) and so have seen all aspects of JOMP has it has grown from a couple of classes in a church basement to a full-blown community music schools that purchased its own building and serves about 500 students. JOMP is a top-notch community music school that provides excellent music instruction capitalizing on students' natural curioities and talents to lead them along whatever musical path they choose to take. The fact that many JOMP graduates have gone on to careers in music is a testament to the quality of instruction; but an equal testament is the sheer number who wind up making music a part of their life. The administrators, Wendy and Rich Ardizzone, take great care in assisting students in the choice of teachers and ensembles, and they have assembled a faculty that is simpatico with their goal of making music a natural part of childrens' lives. The commitment to financial aid -- about $100,000 annually for a school with a budget of around $700,000 -- speaks of JOMP's commitment to all sectors of the community. This school is a cultural gem that deserves support.

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

seeing my children's knowledge and appreciation of music grow by leaps and bounds.

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

that it is a privilege to be involved with an organization that is so dedicated to its students and community; and it is a delight to see the musical growth in students from year to year (as a result of regular attendance at recitals).

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

kind and caring in their instruction. JOMP is not a place where students practice because they have to, but because they love to.

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

Build a much-need recital hall and sock away some money in an endowment that will help to keep it going for a long time.

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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