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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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 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

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

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