About us

Notelove is a non-profit that gives free music lessons to youth in California and Massachusetts. Our intention is to encourage participation in performing arts, which are often glossed over or underfunded.

It can be expensive and difficult to pursue a musical education. Music teachers will typically charge between $50-150/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. Learning music can also 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 to spread the joy of music to all youth in the Bay Area. Join and support our cause today! 

Achievements:

  • President's Volunteer Service Award certified organization

  • 1540 hours of lessons provided from 2020-21

  • 71 qualified, talented student musicians from over 20 different high schools

  • Completely student run

  • Offering lessons for 17 different instruments

Background

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.

Parent Testimonials

"This has been a wonderful program to support my daughter in her first year learning a new instrument! The tutor is irreplaceable for a novice musician just beginning to learn. The one-on-one time has been crucial to her success!" 

-Leah Brunnings

"Notelove is a great idea! I like it for my daughters because it gives them a way to meet someone a few years older in the music community. It allows them to learn music as well as hear from another person why and how they have pursued their musical instrument."

-Karen Linser

Newsletters

Click on the icon to the right to view our 2020 newsletters, which include all our accomplishments for the year!

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Jane Park, teaching a student

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Omar Shohoud

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Check out our directors and instructors page to learn more about those involved in the organization!