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.
Target demographics: All ages
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600+
Geographic areas served: Central Massachusetts
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 04-3055099
508-856-9541
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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.

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

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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

JOMP has provided Central Massachusetts with an innovative series of programs for young students of all ages. They have skillfully and musically combined an array of teaching techniques for a broad range of genres from Classical to Jazz to spread the "good word" of music to an area where music has been lacking in the school systems. They are dedicated and expert in their knowledge and pedagogical techniques, and offer back wonderful gifts to the community in the form of concerts and "ministering" to local nursing homes and underprivileged to allow everyone to fully appreciate the "joy of music"! - Will Sherwood Director of Music First Unitarian, Worcester

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

Their expertise, and their energetic dedication to furthering young people's skills and the public's appreciation of music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I am currently on the JOMP faculty so I'll let others speak to the quality of the education. JOMP provides a clean, hospitable, safe and secure environment for it's clientel. The administration and staff are friendly and efficient and the welfare of their clients is top priority. JOMP engages the community with outreach programs, performing ensembles and scholarships for those in need. I hold my colleagues on falculty in the highest regard. JOMP is a real tight ship and I'm proud to be aboard. Thanks Joe D'Angelo

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

my daily work.

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About every week

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2010-2-01

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The faculty and staff at JOMP is extremely dedicated and professional. If you want a quality music education for yourself, a student, or your child, you should start with the Joy of Music Program!

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

watching my daughter grow as a flautist and musician.

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

exceeded expectations!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Precious care and consideration for each individual person permeates the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, MA. Empathy and attention to detail work a special magic at this school, starting at the top. I sensed this the first day I came to the school. The directors are first rate people. They enact a positive example and I, in turn, spur myself to raise my own bar-- how can I more positively impact my students-- how can I improve? In this regard, it is a joy to work with such a clear sense of shared purpose.

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

my caring more about teaching!

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

the positive and encouraging atmosphere.

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

superlative!

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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6 people found this review helpful

I served on the faculty at JOMP for 5 years. I have not worked with any organization before or after that can compare to my experience there. I am most struck by Wendy and Rich Ardizzone's purity of intention to bring joyful music experiences to the Worcester community, commitment and tireless work, and total success in achieving their mission. Because of this, they attract staff and faculty with similar commitment and enthusiasm and have created an amazing sense of community. I felt valued, appreciated, and supported as a teacher there and miss it immensely after moving away from the area.

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

It is so rare to find a place where all the staff is strikingly friendly, helpful, enthusiastic, dedicated to the mission of the organization, and COMPETENT!! It was a pleasure to work with the office staff at JOMP.

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

help more under served children and adults experience: the joy of music, the joy of learning, the feeling of being part of a community, achievement, success,and pride. Providing these experiences to people can change who they are and change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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