Joy of Music Program, Inc.

Rating: 4.93 stars   58 reviews

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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.
Target demographics: All ages
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600+
Geographic areas served: Central Massachusetts
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EIN 04-3055099
508-856-9541
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Our children have both gone to JOMP since they were 3 and took Music and Movement with Wendy, then recorder classes and various instrument classes. We've loved the philosophy at the school that music is an integral part of everyone's life, and that supports both the young people who are clearly on a path to professional music and those who enjoy playing at a different but still important level of skill.

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

watching my kids progress in music skills

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

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

sitting in the waiting room listening to the various lessons' sounds waft through; seeing the diversity of people (age, race, ability) playing all day long during annual jompathons.

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

renovate for a better recital area; expand its already great scholarship program to provide more music to underserved communities in Worcester; do more in the schools and nursing homes

Ways to make it better...

there were still Saturday classes and the original children's chorus hadn't ended

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

planning for founders' retirement?

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

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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4 people found this review helpful

It is a wonderful, well-run organization. The teachers and staff are dedicated to both music and the musical development of their students. Regardless of a student's ability, JOMP encourages participation and personal growth. Our three children participated across various instruments (drums, piano and violin) and at differnet levels between 1996 and 2008. We continue to give to JOMP each year because of the benefits that our children received and the valuable role it plays in the greater Worcester community.

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

the musical development (both skill and enjoyment)of our children.

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

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

observing weekly over a number of years the involvement and committment of the teachers and staff with the students while waiting for our children to complete their lessons or ensemble practice.

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

energetic and dedicated. Everyone there shares a love for music.

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

expand it's reach into the community by bringing programs and teachers into the neighborhood.

Ways to make it better...

the chairs in the waiting area could have been more comfortable.

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Having a child in lessons at JOMP is a wonderful experience. The environment is disciplined and nurturing. Everyone involved, staff, volunteers, boardmembers, parents and students are all dedicated to the program. Wendy and Rich Ardizzone, director and associate director, lead by example. In their passion for musical education and dedication to the students no, detail escapes.

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

Many of the up and coming and more accomplished young musicians from Central Mass have one thing in common....JOMP!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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4 people found this review helpful

JOMP has been a huge part of my life for a number of years. I still remember the first time I walked into the building for lessons. At the time I was 12 years old, and I thought I was the greatest thing to have ever happened to the world of drums, but then my world changed once I met Mike Connors, one of the many excellent teachers currently at JOMP. By the end of our first lesson, my outlook on music began to change drastically. Now I'm 18 years old, and going to college for music in the fall. I can honestly say that I wouldn't be the musician I am today without JOMP's guidance, from Mike Connors' excellent drum tutelage, to Jerry Sabatini's way of understanding theory, to all the different Piano teachers I've had, to the incredible Jazz ensemble experience from Rich Ardizzone, Chris Veilleux, and Jerry, and to all the other JOMP faculty I've had the pleasure of working with, including Wendy Ardizzone and Tim Terranella. JOMP is a great place for any musician, whether you're just starting out or extremely advanced, and I recommend it to anyone interested in music.

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

my daily life. Everything musical that I do I can thank JOMP for.

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

becoming my own musician. I've begun to really grasp what I'm capable of, and play what I hear.

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

incredible. They're some of the most helpful people I have ever met.

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

expose even more kids to 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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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of the Joy of Music Program community for almost 13 years. During this time, my children have taken classes and private lessons and participated in both classical and jazz ensembles. JOMP has been an extremely important part of my children’s lives, both educationally and socially. As a parent and a volunteer, I have also thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school. The teachers are unbelievably talented and dedicated, and Rich and Wendy are always available to give advice and support to JOMP students and families. In addition to the wonderful experiences available at the school, I appreciate the opportunities that are often offered to JOMP students to participate in exciting events outside of the school (e.g., First Night Worcester). Rich and Wendy have truly created an extraordinary community; if you’re looking for a first-rate music education in warm and supportive environment, I can’t imagine any school fitting the bill better than the Joy of Music Program.

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

the overall experience...fabulous directors, teachers, staff, parents, and students...it's truly a joy!

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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10 people found this review helpful

My son has taken cello lessons and participated in ensembles at JOMP for the past 5 years - and he also gained his very first exposure to music in a music and movement class he took there when he was a preschool-age child.

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

the marvelous, almost professional sound that group of high school age students are regularly able to produce together in their chamber orchestra.

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

ridiculously devoted to their jobs. The co-directors manually schedule a day-long marathon recital in which literally hundreds of performers each play a piece of music; and one of the Directors of the program ends up accompanying for over 12 hours.

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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3 people found this review helpful

Excellent program, excellent administration, lots of fun and a friendly, family-like atmosphere!! :) I would highly recommend this non-profit to anyone who loves music and wants to learn more!

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

extremely nice and caring.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a teacher and educational administrator in both public and private settings for forty years and have only the highest praise for the Joy of Music Program (JOMP). My oldest daughter (14) has been a recorder student for a number of years. My youngest (8) is in her second year at JOMP and I started taking piano lessons in September. Why should the kids have all the fun? The program is extremely well organized. The teachers are top notch and the directors are wonderful people who are dedicated to teaching and appreciating music. The center offers a great opportunity for music instruction on any instrument at any skill level and at any age.

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

my own life. Both of my children have developed a love and appreciation for music and I am realizing a lifelong desire to play the piano.

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

the very best. Friendly, knowledgeable, inspirational. What more can I say?

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

Expand and open more centers in a wider area.

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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3 people found this review helpful

I began taking music lessons at JOMP when I was four years old. It was the very first year JOMP began and I have been beyond grateful ever since. I am currently pursuing my MFA at the California Institute of the Arts and attribute my ability to quickly pick up rhythms to the music and movement classes I took with Wendy as a child. I have also been able to study multiple genres of music: classical, jazz, and traditional Irish music, in large part due to the generosity of JOMP. For several years, my parents were unable to afford music lessons but through a donation and work-study, I was offered lessons for no cost. This allowed me to study jazz and classical flute which have led to my current profession as a performer. The Joy of Music Program is truly about the JOY of music-- not competition, not ego, not money. The staff, teachers, environment, and JOMP community were the best musical foundation I could have asked for. I can't say enough about this organization and music will be my career and my joy for the rest of my life thanks to Wendy, Rich, and JOMP. They are truly above and beyond a music school and are worthy of financial support.

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

generous beyond belief! Wendy & Rich Ardizzone helped me fund music lessons for two years when I couldn't afford it. Even when money is scarce, they offered music as a gift and allowed me to continue my education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2002-6-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Over the past 14 years I have been both a student (drum, recorder) and a volunteer at JOMP. A retired librarian, I set up and maintain the program's library of several hundred music-related books and several thousand pieces of music. In addition, I lead a weekly drumming group at a nursing home, with particularly satisfying response from Alz- heimer's petients. The high standards maintained by faculty and staff together with their commitment to inclusivity have made JOMP a Worcester county treasure.

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

the instruction I've taken. Once intro- duced to drum and recorder, I find they have become focal to my life and that I am able to grow through music - highly desirable at age 77!

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

being part of a vital organization which brings together people of varied ages, aspirations, and abilities in a positive atmosphere.

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

dedicated, goal-oriented, communicative and positive in their outlook.

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

reach out to the community even more: more public school programs, more events, a mobile unit, more scholarships, hence a larger facility, increased faculty and staff, a library not reliant upon donated material.

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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