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Review for Foundation To Assist Young Musicians (FAYM), Las Vegas, NV, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a retired elementary school principal in Las Vegas, Nevada. My entire 27 year career was dedicated to 'at risk' student populations. I currently volunteer my time to FAYM by bringing violin instruction to a population that is not able to afford it. We start with 5 year old students and intend to teach and mentor with the intent of guiding them to college. We are not trying to create professional musicians, but are attempting to provide a a way to fund a college degree with music scholarships. We currently have 15 kindergarten students taking two lessons per week. In December they played their first 'concert' which lasted approximately 6 minutes as they played 'The Pepperoni Pizza Song' and 'Los Pollitos.' Their next concert will be this March and will feature our students playing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' along with several variations of this song. For their first concert they only used open strings. For this concert they will be using thier left hand to 'finger' more notes thus making their music more beautiful! Each week I see and assist the children with their lessons as their parents actively participate in the teaching and learning. It is my privilege to give my time to FAYM with the hopes of making a difference in the lives of children.

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

At this time, everyone on our staff is a volunteer. I would love to have the funding to pay our teachers and to expand this program to students in other needy communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & Kindergarten Violin Program Coordinator.