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rebekah1

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Review for Crowden School, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I started attending TCS in fall of 2001, and I can say that it only went uphill from there. Before going to Crowden, I was not musically proficient in any way, shape, or form. I had been playing piano for the past two years, but I wasn't into the music at all and couldn't care less whether or not I quit. Back then you had to play a string instrument to join TCS, so I started taking cello lessons. After just my first day I could already tell that music was going to be a huge part of my life. The wonderful teachers and coaches who worked there then and who work there now helped me with everything from phrasing to technique and beyond. Without Crowden, I think it would have taken me so much longer to find that pure joy that music can provide. TCS also gave me an excellent middle school education, especially in science and English. We were reading texts in 6th grade that I would later read again in my sophomore year of high school, and because of the school's inspiring science classes I found a love for biochemistry , a subject that I now hope to major in. Crowden has helped shape the person I am today and is continually proving itself useful as colleges get more and more competitive. I hope Crowden can continue its long tradition of inspiring young minds for many years to come.

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

the way Crowden inspired and helped me play music.

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

keep science and English strong, but try to bring history, French, and art up to the same level.

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

above all, it was the close family feeling I felt with the whole school, regardless of age.

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

helpful, encouraging, smart, engaged, and friendly.

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

hold on to really great teachers and coaches, expand its reach to other children in other schools, bring in well-known musicians or conductors to help coach, have a larger student body, afford to teach another language alongside French.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more stability in regards to teachers.

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

funding

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

Crowden is worth every penny.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

Role:  Client Served & I am a former student and graduated 8th grade in 2006.