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POWERS MUSIC SCHOOL INC

aka Powers Music School   |   Belmont, MA   |  www.powersmusic.org

Mission

Powers Music School provides the community with access to the highest caliber of music education programs, a nurturing and talented faculty, and outreach programs that foster a lifelong appreciation of music. Powers offers superior instruction and performance opportunities for interested students of all ages, in the belief that everyone has the potential to participate in, enjoy, create, and develop a lasting love of music.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Mr. Gavin Farrell

Main address

P.0. Box 398

Belmont, MA 02478 USA

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Formerly known as

Belmont Music School

EIN

04-2580633

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

Music (A68)

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Private Instruction

Students ages 5 and up can enroll in private instruction at Powers Music School. Whether aspiring music professionals or casual enthusiasts, students develop technical skills and self-discipline under the watchful eyes of Powers' professionally trained faculty members. Powers offers private lessons in over 30 different disciplines, from classical stringed instruments to folk and international studies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Developing musical language skills and understanding rhythm, dynamics, expression and teamwork all result from early childhood studies at Powers Music School. Young learners enter musical studies with curiosity and bravery, gaining confidence for their future endeavors in the music classroom and beyond. Classes include Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Music Pups, Keys for Kids, and more.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

The Suzuki Method is a successful combination of individual and group instruction pioneered by the famed Japanese teacher, Shinchi Suzuki. Often called the "mother-tongue" method, students learn in the same manner they learn spoken and written language: listening, repetition through practice, and parental guidance and encouragement. Suzuki students attend a weekly private lesson and a group class. They build friendships and expand the skills needed for musical collaboration.

Powers Suzuki program includes Violin, Viola, Cello, and Guitar.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project, a non-competitive youth orchestra program, instills musical and life skills in participants, including leadership, teamwork, discipline, and self-motivation. To ensure that participants reach their full musical potential, Powers provides high-quality performance and practice spaces that complement the quality of instruction. Powers supports a team of passionate and knowledgeable faculty who are skilled at leading MYSP’s developing young musicians.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Conservatory Program is designed to allow students to take advantage of private lessons, small ensembles, orchestra and theory each week for a truly well-rounded music education and accelerated learning path. In addition to outstanding coaching, the ensembles and orchestras offer students performance opportunities throughout the year in renowned regional venues.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Whether semi-professionals or brave beginners ready to learn something new, adult students at Powers can expect a supportive atmosphere and connections with others who share the same passion for and tastes in music. Powers' instructors are welcoming and understanding of the life balance between career, family and practice.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Powers Music school partners with regional organizations like Councils on Aging and libraries to provide educational enrichment programs to underserved audiences. These outreach programs are welcoming and free and designed to support lifelong learning through music. The Neighborhood Concert series brings performances to the elderly at senior centers and nursing homes. Musical Story Programs combine the power of narrative storytelling with music during interactive concerts that help parents nurture children in the formative first years of their lives. Ensembles are created through collaborations with Powers faculty and other local professional musicians. Outreach programs like the Neighborhood Concert series and the Musical Storytelling program reach individuals who aren’t enrolled in a program of study at Powers and who may not otherwise experience live music because of the cost barrier.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The summer is a wonderful time to continue musical studies or try something new. Because school and academic year activities are out, students often have more time to commit to learning music, to experiment with new techniques, to make new friends, and to have fun in a more relaxed, flexible environment. Many of our early childhood programs run during the summer, as well as our day programs, Music on the Hill (MOTH), Pow-Wow, Fiddlin' on the Hill (FOTH), and Suzuki on the Hill (SOTH), which provide a fun, enriching musical experience for children of all ages.

Music on the Hill (MOTH) is a three-week program that balances study and performance of chamber, jazz, and orchestral music with supervised recreational activities and a choice of music and afternoon electives for students ages 9 - 14, and a counselor in training program for students ages 15 - 19.

Pow-Wow is an innovative hands-on introduction to many aspects of the arts, and an opportunity for children to experience total immersion in a musical environment. Children ages 5-11 gather for 1-2 weeks and produce a fully staged theatrical production.

Fiddlin' on the Hill (FOTH) is a full day, one week strings program for violin, viola, and cello students ages 9-17. Students explore the challenging fun of fiddle and "new string” styles, learning music by ear, improvising, arranging, and composing their own music.

Suzuki on the Hill (SOTH) is a week-long summer program for Suzuki students to continue building skills and friendships through concentrated music study and recreation. Enrollment is open to violin and cello students, from age five to advanced players who currently study with a Suzuki teacher.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Guild for Community Arts Education 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of paid registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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POWERS MUSIC SCHOOL INC

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Evan Louden

Luggage Forward

Term: 2023 - 2025

Sarah Freiberg Ellison

Boston Baroque; Handel and Haydn Society

Wenjie Hu

Putnam

Ernest Sabine

Christopher Wright

Steve Cohen

University of Michigan and University of Kentucky

Karen Gut

Allscripts

Evan Louden

Luggage Forward

Shannah Hall Franckum

Compass

Elaine Dimopoulos

Author

Joe Rofino

Goodman Advisory Group

Caroline Huang

Amy Crafts

Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

Laura Barnes

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.