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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

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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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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

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February 9, 2010

I have been on boards of many non-profits over a 38 year period. W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School is the most well-managed non-profit I have ever experienced.The fiscal management, as well as the care and concern for the students and curriculum are unsurpassed.As a result, our company and I personally have made it our #1 charitable cause for our personal donations.

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

The passion of the management, staff, board, volunteers for the school.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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In my 12 year association with WO Smith Music School I have found it to be the best operated, most effective non-profit in the nation. With a full time staff of 3 it oversees a vast army of over 150 volunteer teachers that reach over 500 children of low income families with the opportunity to learn a musical; instrument. The impact that this has made in the lives of so many is both overwhelming and gratifying.

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

Seeing an organization have such an impact on an unbelievably lean operating budget.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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