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November 2, 2013

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November 2, 2013

I was taught piano, trumpet and drums at W.O. Smith as a child. I absolutely loved everything about this place. As a kid I didn't quite get the blood, sweat and tears that went on behind the scenes here, but wow - I do now. I still have my old W.O. Smith Summer Camp t-shirt! Great memories and I'll never forget it. My experience at W.O. Smith was life changing. I've moved away from Nashville, but I've had college friends move there and I've recommended they volunteer there. I had 5-star treatment at W.O. Smith.

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

They serve the youth of music city with MUSIC! Nothing to change.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2001

October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

I taught guitar at the music school for several years and seen some wonderful talent there. It's a great organization and very organized. I've gotten great referrals for my own business as a result of being a volunteer. They are well connected in the community and serve a great purpose of teaching kids music in a safe and positively influential environment.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 1, 2011

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February 9, 2010

W.O. Smith school opened my eyes to the power of giving and reaffirmed my opinion on the power of music. I was a volunteer teacher for a year and I saw 1st hand how much this school does for for the k... more

June 1, 2011

I taught guitar here a while back & I have helped them out with computers a few times since. I also created a birdhouse for their annual fundraiser. These folks are AWESOME! I can't say enough about this program. The work they are doing changes the lives of these kids. Music heals the soul & some of these kids can use some healing. I personally saw how music brought joy to my students. Sometimes they would come in and their spirits were very down. After a few minutes of playing some music....the smiles start. This is a bright moment in their day. If there is only one non-profit you give support to, make WO Smith the one.

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

I have seen unhappy kids come out very happy after only a short time playing music.

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

I only wish I could do more for them.

February 9, 2010

W.O. Smith school opened my eyes to the power of giving and reaffirmed my opinion on the power of music. I was a volunteer teacher for a year and I saw 1st hand how much this school does for for the kids. It was awesome to see the gleem in my students eyes when they "got it". When they were able to play the part they thought was too hard or learn their favorite song. I had students who really didn't have much and were having trouble at home, and their lessons were a tiny escape from all of that. When I think of Jonah, Lynn & the staff, I smile. They are doing GREAT work.

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

seeing the improvement in the students musical ability & attitude.

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

seeing the joy of the students faces.

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

awesome. Very dedicated.

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

change Nashville youth for the better for a very, very long time!

Ways to make it better...

my current job would've allowed me the time to continue teaching at W.O. Smith.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

This is an organization where mission, management and participation of board, employees and patrons all come together. The school, with only three full time employees, manages approximately 200 volunteers to serve 400 students. In addition to just teaching music to underserved children, the school is now reaching out to help these children apply for college, teach the volunteer teachers and provide music events for the community. The only problem is that even more students want to learn at W.O. Smith Music School.

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

seeing kids who want to learn music and need a grounding go from hopeless to college graduates with great careers.

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

I really can't think of anything.

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

when a student "gets it." Whether it's about music or something bigger in life.

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

passionate, professional, fun.

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

serve more.

Ways to make it better...

the volunteer teachers were given a little grounding in how to teach.

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

continue serving a growing population.

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

having been associated with many non-profits, this is possibly the best managed that i've seen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

As the daughter of two musicians, I know how important music education can be in the life of a child. The years I spent studying piano have been a benefit to me in ways I never could have imagined. Every child deserves the opportunity to have the well-rounded education that music can provide, and the work that the W.O.Smith school does provides virtually unlimited opportunities for the students who participate. I have interviewed a number of the students and have seen how their pride in accomplishment has given them a new confidence. From the recital hall to the White House, W.O. Smith students are going places!

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

Meeting and talking with the students who study there. They are enthusiastic and confident about the skills they are learning, whether or not they plan on continuing their study of music.

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

Bring a more well-rounded education to thousands of low income children in middle Tennessee.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

I have served as a volunteer teacher since it's doors opened. It is a marvelous place to participate in and observe a child's growth in the scholarship and artistry of music. When I was a full time teacher and sometimes questioned if music in my classroom was having any effect, my weekly after-school WOS sessions reaffirmed the power music has as a discipline & inspiration for children & youth. Many hours given by so many musicians in such a nurturing atmosphere has impacted generations across Nashville communities. It is a model for any city seeking to access community/professional music resources for its underserved clientele (school aged children & youth).

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

recitals given by students across many years where they meet and surpass goals they have set.

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

seeing a new or re-newed 'spark' in a child as they embrace discipline and produce a beautiful musical product. It is a marvelous experience for them AND the audience.

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

supportive and professional; of the highest quality.

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

provide improved infrastructure by hiring needed development & management positions to spread the work load.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

WO Smith Music School is a dynamic organization that fills a great need in Nashville. Studies have shown that children who participate in arts and music programs have better self-discipline and greater self-confidence, and unfortunately, public school systems across the country are cutting arts and music programs due to lack of funding. WO Smith Music School helps to close that gap by offering an array of music lessons to children for next to nothing. Thanks to WO Smith Music School and the more than 200 volunteer teachers, children are learning to play a musical instrument, are learning music theory, are singing in a choir and are gaining exposure to the world of music. Without WO Smith Music School, hundreds of children would not have the opportunity to participate in such a program.

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

the positive impact that the school has on the children. The school pulls together master musicians to share their talent with children in a welcoming, positive environment. I know that children are benefiting daily.

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

replace its instruments with new ones; hire more staff to further the school's mission and establish programs within each area public school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

I am a current advisory council member and a former private lesson instructor. My experience teaching at WO Smith was amazing. To be able to share the gift of music with another person is a blessing and one that I am thankful to have. The school always made my job as a teacher enjoyable as the administration of the program crossed every T and dotted every I. I can not think of a non-profit organization in Nashville that speaks to this being "music city". I encourage everyone who reads this to visit the website www.wosmith.org and find a way to be involved. The gift of music is a powerful thing!!

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

As an educator I saw the positive results that my student experienced. Not only was she more confident when she started college the following year but was also invited to perform with college ensembles which was the goal of our lessons.

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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 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

I teach piano to kids who qualify for the free lunch program and have volunteered with W.O. Smith for five years. WO staff does an incredible job on a very small budget. We impact the lives of so many kids. If they stay in the program they all graduate from high school. Many go on to college. Music helps kids learn math and that they can succeed with discipline and hard work.

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

smart, caring people-- lots of fun to be around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

I have been associated with the W. O. Smith School for 16 years in one capacity or another, starting as a volunteer and rotating from the council to the board and back numerous times. I have watched the school grow and fund a beautiful new school, record an album with Jimmy Buffett, receive a Pensky truck load of free musical equipment (including pianos) from the Today Show's Al Roker and perform at the White House for the Obamas. This is the most effective and efficiently run organization with which I have ever been involved. It has given many children an opportunity to learn and grow and feel good about themselves and their accomplishments.

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

the most committed of any I have ever witnessed. The volunteers selflessly log in long hours after they have completed their "regular jobs," and the staff work on weekends to meet the needs and time constraints of their students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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