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stella53

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Review for Opus 118 Harlem School of Music, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Opus 118 for years because I believe in its mission and its efficacy. Its gifted and dedicated faculty believe that any child can be a musician. The lives of the thousands of kids they have taught have been immeasurably enriched by their experience. These kids have developed focus, persistence, and self-esteem through playing, and what they learned at Opus 118 has helped them in every other area of school and life. They might never have had access to the pure joy of making music without Opus 118.

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

My own daughter learned to play the violin at Opus, and she has kept playing throughout her life. In middle and high school, she always had great kids to hang out and play music with. She was so lucky to have won the lottery in first grade!

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

I would love to see this organization have an endowment, so it could continue on a firm footing. This would also enable the fantastic teachers of Opus to train other teachers in their methods, which are admired by famous violinists worldwide.

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

the privilege of watching what's at the center of it: great teachers making kids into musicians.

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

passionate, dedicated, uncompromising, caring beyond belief.

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

have kids in all the music-starved places in America, and maybe in other places, reaping the benefits of playing an instrument.

Ways to make it better...

I knew the teachers had all the financial and logistical support they needed, without the pressure of funding worries.

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

financial.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Donor & In addition to donating money, I have donated many services over the years.