A nonprofit community music school founded in 1986, Joy of Music (JOMP) offers private instrumental and voice lessons, an exciting choice of classes, highly regarded classical and jazz ensembles programs, and a vibrant Youth Orchestra. Children, teens and adults at all levels of ability experience a musical community that is supportive, non-competitive and inspiring. JOMP contributes richly to Worcester’s cultural vitality through outreach programs, student community performances, faculty performances in the Worcester Public Schools and our Faculty Concert Series. At the heart of JOMP’s mission “to enrich lives and foster community through accessible music education and performance” is our extraordinary Financial Aid Program, which makes it possible for students in need of assistance to study with our outstanding faculty ~ 32% of our students receive partial to full financial aid.
Over two million in Financial Aid has been awarded to over 1,000 students since our inception. Students whose families could not afford to pay for lessons and classes are now making music as adults, some are music teachers and professional classical, jazz, pop and orchestral musicians. The goal for financial aid this year is $200,000. Lessons, classes and ensembles are being offered remotely through Zoom during the pandemic.