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  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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

They do everything well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2010-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Joy of Music Program provides outstanding music education and creates community for people of all ages who love music. I've been a Board member off and on for many years, and I see first-hand the perseverance, effort, talent and administrative acumen demonstrated by the Directors and staff that keep the school going. I am so grateful to them for their commitment which sustains the school on a daily basis. The musicianship and sheer love of music among the students at JOMP is truly inspiring. The faculty are consistently excellent, passionate, and compassionate with their students: it is no wonder the students thrive and grow both musically and personally during their time at JOMP. I feel that JOMP is a national treasure that deserves the support and admiration of everyone who believes in the power of music to transform and improve our lives.

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

my life as a student of music, and as someone who appreciates the importance of music education as a community experience.

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

build a recital hall and help to sustain its operations indefinitely by creating an endowment fund.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have known The Joy of Music Program by reputation in the community for the 20 years of it's existence. If you wanted the very best music learning experience for yourself or your children, it has been the place to go. Although I haven't had the chance to enjoy it's music classes yet (still hoping), a love of music brought me to serve on it's board this past year.

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

For those of us with a love of music but without the opportunity to study, the concerts that they provide the community are a true delight.

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

As a non-profit professional myself and having served on other boards, I can say that it is one of the best managed organizations I have have ever been involved with and it is managed with a true devotion to the joy of music.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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