My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Suzuki Institute For Musical Training, Inc., Little Rock, AR, USA
My family has been involved in the suzuki association of central Arkansas for 5 years. I have 3 daughters that play 3 different instruments that the organization supports: piano, violin, and guitar. My oldest daughter plays piano and has attended workshops funded by SACA every year since she first began playing. She LOVES the workshops and I think that they have really helped her to see the bigger musical picture of why her private instructor (and Mom) are emphasizing certain details in her music that may seem insignificant to her. Her overall musicality has really blossomed as a result.
My oldest daughter has also participated in a performance funded through SACA involving 5 different pianos with students playing ensemble. This is exactly the kind of experience that is nearly impossible to arrange for piano students without the aid of a great organization like SACA! The experience in ensemble playing that she gained was invaluable. My daughter was also the recipient of a SACA
scholarship which happened to be offered at a time of personal financial strain. This scholarship made her feel valued and enabled her to continue her music lessons without interruption.
My second daughter has been taking violin lessons for 2 years. All of her group violin classes are provided through SACA. She attends 3 group classes each month with a mini-recital at the last group class. I can not emphasize enough how motivating these group classes have been to her progress as a budding violinist. She has learned so much from ensemble playing with her peers and the monthly recitals have helped her become very comfortable with performing for others. She also learned a lot from the violin workshop that she attended last year.
My third daughter takes classical guitar lessons from a suzuki instructor who used to be involved with SACA. Although not officially a member of SACA, she has been able to participate in some of the home concerts that have been provided through the organization since both of her sisters are involved, and we pay the family group
fee for involvement. My youngest daughter has benefited greatly from being allowed to participate in these informal performances. I have seen how much my two oldest daughters have benefited from SACA events, and I am hopeful that with increased support of this great organization, my daughter's guitar instructor will become involved in SACA once again.
In summation, I think it takes a village to raise well-rounded musical children and SACA has helped to provide that village for my family. I look forward to seeing this great organization continue to grow and flourish.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
My children have blossomed musically. See above review.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Decrease membership fees and provide more scholarship opportunities so more families would be able to reap the benefits of involvement with this organization.