Notelove is a non-profit that gives free music lessons to youth in the Bay Area. Our intention is to encourage participation in performing arts, which is often glossed over or underfunded.
It can be expensive and difficult to pursue a musical education. Music teachers will typically charge between $15-150/hr for lessons, and school music programs are costly and can cost up to hundreds of dollars per student annually.
Music education provides an environment for youth to develop necessary worldly skills, including perseverance, a strong work ethic and cooperation, among many others.
Schools that offer music programs have higher graduation and attendance rates compared to schools that don’t offer music education. Furthermore, music education can "improve students’ cognitive performance and provide valuable motivation." Learning music can improve reasoning, short-term memory, planning and the ability to focus.
Notelove was created to both close the gap between low and high income families as well as spread the joy of music to all youth in the Bay Area. Join and support our cause today!
President's Volunteer Service Award certified organization
Provided lessons to 90 students since 2018
41 qualified, talented student musicians from over 14 different high schools
Completely student run
Offering lessons for 12 different instruments
Notelove was started by Omar Shohoud, former Homestead High School student and current freshman at the University of Chicago in September 2018. His intention was to give low-income youth in the Bay Area the music education he was able to receive. Since then, Notelove has expanded with attention, now offering lessons to youth regardless of household income, and we are working on promoting our service to the entire state of California.
Jane Park, teaching a student