A Note from our Director
The conviction that music is essential in our daily lives is at the core of Joy of Music’s purpose. Music gives us a powerful way of connecting with our feelings and with one another. It is one of the first things we turn to in times of sorrow and it makes our most joyous celebrations complete. Not a day goes by at JOMP that we don’t witness the power of music to brighten peoples’ lives as a source of focus, inspiration, beauty and healing. We are heartened by how much you value music and by the importance you place on giving your child the gift of music.
Joy of Music was founded to help young children develop a life-long relationship with music, by giving them a joyful and solid musical foundation on which to build in a non-competitive environment. Twenty-eight years later, this philosophy is still at the heart of the thriving non-profit community music school that serves over 550 students of all ages and levels of learning.
The school’s offerings include private instrumental lessons, an exciting choice of classes, highly-regarded jazz and classical ensemble programs, and a vibrant Youth Orchestra and Sinfonietta. Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for many years, you will experience a musical kinship and spirit of community at JOMP that is affirming and energizing. Our marvelous faculty is dedicated to helping you build the skills that will enable you to express yourself through music and accomplish your musical goals, whatever they may be. A testament to their outstanding work is the large number of students who start at JOMP as young children and continue to study here through high school. Adults also find that the school is an ideal place to study.
Joy of Music draws students from Worcester and over 50 surrounding cities and towns, creating a musical community that reflects the rich diversity of the greater Worcester area. We are grateful for the enthusiastic support we receive from so many foundations and corporations and from hundreds of individuals. Their generosity makes it possible for the school to maintain its strong commitment to accessibility through our extensive Financial Aid Program. Being able to include the 90 -100 students, who benefit from over $120,000 raised each year for need-based scholarships, enriches the entire JOMP community and strengthens all our educational programs.
How fortunate we are to be located in Worcester, which is home to so many dynamic and inspiring cultural organizations! Our students and faculty contribute immeasurably to the cultural vitality of Worcester by sharing their music in recitals at the school, in the public schools, and at a wide variety of community events throughout the year. Joy of Music’s annual “thank you” events, held at the school in November and at Mechanics Hall in May, provide opportunities for our donors and the community to see (and hear!) the impact of their phenomenal support.
Thank you for your interest in the school. We hope you’ll join us at JOMP in pursuing your own musical journey.
Wendy Webster Ardizzone, Director