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W.O. Smith Community Music School
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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I've recruited teachers for the school, helped with fundraisers, served on the Human Resources committee, and supported the school's efforts financially.