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  • INSTRUCTORS | Notelove

    Our Instructors Amy Zheng 10 years experience in violin Annabelle Miin 7 years experience in vocals Aria Agarwal 7 years experience in piano Ariel Chien 8 years experience in piano Ashley Huang 10 years experience in violin Bhavya Krishnan 6 years experience in flute Brandon Pham 4 years experience in guitar Caroline Kao 6 years experience in oboe 11 years experience in piano Charlotte Jew 6 years experience in cello Eric Ko 4 years experience in french horn Finn Burns 7 years experience in percussion Hannah Fung 12 years experience in piano 8 years experience in viola Hannah Liaw 8 years experience in piano Harshita Lakkapragada 10 years experience in piano Kaz Nakao 5 years experience in saxophone Kerry Xu 12 years experience in piano Kimberly Yang 6 years experience in flute Linda Chang 9 years experience in piano 5 years experience in clarinet Manya Girivasan 3 years experience in clarinet Meredith Tan 10 years experience in piano Mike Wen 9 years experience in piano Nathan Zhu 11 years experience in piano Nishant Chatterjee 4 years experience in guitar Olivia Hwang 9 years experience in piano

  • MUSIC | Notelove

    Who We Are Notelove is a 501(c) certified non-profit that gives free music lessons to youth in California, Massachusetts, and Texas. Our intention is to encourage participation in performing arts, which is often glossed over or underfunded. All the cities we have instructors in Providing free, accessible music education to youth across the USA since Sept. 2018 ​ Donate to us! Please donate if you have found Notelove helpful or you would like to help us grow! Donate Instructors We are looking for more music instructors. Prospective instructors must: Be between 14-18 years old Have at least 2 years of musical experience, and Submit an audition video Apply here Lessons Anyone is welcome to receive a lesson from Notelove! After you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email. Within 1-2 weeks, you should receive an email introducing you to your instructor. Please understand there may be some delay due to a lack of instructors for specific instruments. Sign up here Notelove by the Numbers 248 qualified, passionate instructors 273 students taking free lessons 4,046 hours volunteered 18 different instruments offered Did you know that music lessons can cost from $50-100? At Notelove, all lessons are completely free! Chapter Applications Open If you do not live in the Bay Area, Boston, or Dallas and want to bring Notelove to your area, you can start a new chapter! Apply here Musical Scholarship Fund We are now offering a musical scholarship to help cover the cost of musical expenses, such as instruments, musical equipment maintenance, accessories, musical exams, etc. If you are interested, apply below! Apply here For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please fill out the following form or contact us through our socials. Our Socials Notelove Inc. @NoteloveInc Notelove Contact us Submit Thanks for contacting us! We will get back to you within three business days. Business hours: M-F , 9 am - 8 pm Inquiries

  • CELLO | Notelove

    Charlotte Jew 6 years experience in cello

  • ABOUT US | Notelove

    About us Notelove is a non-profit that gives free music lessons to youth in California, Massachusetts, and Texas. 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. Join and support our cause today! Achievements: President's Volunteer Service Award certified organization 3,426 hours of lessons volunteered 70 qualified, talented student musicians from over 20 different high schools Completely student run Offering lessons for 18 different instruments Background Notelove was started in 2018 by Omar Shohoud, former Homestead High School student and current student at the University of Chicago. As a musician himself, Omar wanted to see other youth experience the joy of music as he was able to. Notelove started as a local effort to provide free music lessons to low-income youth in the Bay Area, but has since transformed into an organization that provides services nationwide. 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 newsletters, which include all our accomplishments for the year! Jane Park, teaching a student Omar Shohoud ​ Notelove Newsletters! Check out our directors and instructors page to learn more about those involved in the organization!

  • ADVISORS | Notelove

    Ben Scharf Ben grew up in Cupertino and was active in the music classes at Cupertino High School, which inspired him to pursue music education as a career. He received his BM with emphasis in Music Education from San Diego State University in 2019. While primarily a saxophone player, Ben participated in a variety of ensembles on various instruments including bassoon, french horn, and trombone. During his time at SDSU, Ben was active in the collegiate CMEA chapter, serving as its Vice President in 2019. The chapter helped enrich the development of SDSUs music education students by hosting reading bands, mock interviews, training sessions, and more. During his senior year he had the privilege of student teaching at Marshall Middle School in San Diego as part of the SDSU Music Education Fellowship. He then received his teaching credential from SDSU in 2020 while student teaching at Scripps Ranch High School. Ben continues to be an active member of numerous music education associations, serving on the boards for the Santa Clara County Band Directors Association and the California Music Education Association Bay Section. Ben has presented at the state music education conference about diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, in the high school instrumental classroom. Avery Chen Avery Chen is a passionate community servant and leader. In her four years at Notelove as Executive Director, Notelove grew from one neighborhood to span the entire US. She also spent two summers volunteering for the California Native Garden Foundation as a Data Analysis Intern, providing findings crucial to their grant applications. In high school, she was an active flutist in various ensembles, playing as principal flute in Homestead High School’s Wind Ensemble I and symphony orchestra, the California Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra, as well as participating in the Santa Clara County Honor Band, California All State Honor Band, and Honor Band of America. Additionally, she served as Woodwind Captain in Homeatead’s award-winning marching band. All of these musical experiences have inspired Avery to serve through Notelove, so it can continue to spread the joys of music to students across the country. Currently, Avery is a freshman at UC Berkeley studying computer science. Jane Park Jane is a Computer Science student at Penn State University. She has been working with Notelove since its start in September 2018. Initially, she was a ukulele and guitar instructor, then worked as Notelove’s secretary, Executive Director, and finally, Executive Advisor. She was part of Homestead High School's Tri-M as well as the senior sports editor of The Epitaph, Homestead's student run newspaper. In her free time, Jane tutors math, writes music, and draws. She looks forward to seeing Notelove grow, both in impact and in size. Aidan Lin Aidan is a dedicated and experienced youth leader in nonprofit organizations, student government, and extracurriculars. He is a co-founder of Our Time To Act United, a 501(c)(3) youth empowerment nonprofit, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Additionally, Aidan studies political science at UC San Diego and participates in the Associated Students of UC San Diego as Government Affairs Director. One of Aidan's many passions is music. In high school he practiced flute, placing as third chair in his school's top Wind Ensemble and second chair in their exclusive Symphony Orchestra, and served as the Woodwind Captain of a nationally acclaimed marching program. As such, he has experienced first-hand the transformative powers of music and is looking forward to supporting the advancement of Notelove's charitable cause. Nancy Smith Nancy Smith wears many hats as a political and community leader, technology innovator, environmental protector, mentor for youth, and more. Nancy is author of Virtuous Corporation: Thriving in the Corporate Age (Expected Publication December 2021). She is the founding sponsor of Sunnyvale Youth Public Policy Institute. Since 1998, Nancy has worked at NVIDIA where she is now a Program Manager. From 2016 to 2020, Nancy served on the Sunnyvale City Council. Nancy began her career in technology, and also had a passion for service for her community. She sponsored YPPI to create a place where young people could learn how to define problems, research solutions, and advocate for ideas they care about. She is talking with community members about improving how communities and corporations interact and create thriving cities and towns.

  • VIOLA | Notelove

    Hannah Fung 8 years experience in viola Piyush Shanbhag 4 years experience in viola

  • PIANO | Notelove

    Ariel Chien 8 years experience in piano Caroline Kao 11 years experience in piano Hannah Fung 12 years experience in piano Hannah Liaw 7 years experience in piano Harshita Lakkapragada 10 years experience in piano Kerry Xu 12 years experience in piano Meredith Tan 10 years experience in piano Mike Wen 9 years experience in piano Nathan Zhu 11 years experience in piano Olivia Hwang 9 years experience in piano Ritwika Ghosh 11 years experience in piano Shivani B 6 years experience in piano

  • ADVISORS | Notelove

    Avery Chen Jane Park Aidan Lin Nancy Smith Ben Scharf


    Instructor Resources Notelove is introducing a shared resources folder! Instructors can help other instructors by contributing teaching resources such as sheet music, lesson recordings, and sharing lesson tips. Contributors will earn service hours for their contributions to the drive. In the drive, you can find instructions, a google form to fill out after you contribute (so we can calculate your hours) as well as some folders we have set up for a few instruments. Feel free to create your own folders if your instrument is not yet in the drive, or if your idea is not yet in the folder for your instrument. ​ To view the resources folder, click the button below. Contribute Here

  • PARTNERSHIPS | Notelove

    Our Partnerships FHS Evergreen Valley Ann Sobrato HHS Monta Vista HHS Monta Vista HHS Wilcox Music Club Tutor De Anza Music & Volunteering Association Interns 4 Good Paly Service Club Paly Chamber Musicians ZoomKidz C'est Bon Chamber Music Academy

  • OUR TEAM | Notelove

    Our Directors Executive Director: Amy Zheng Executive Assistant: Kimberly Yang Associate Director: Manya Girivisan Associate Director: Linda Chang Design Director: Lindsey Tang Marketing Director: Bhavya Krishnan Web Director: Anuhya Gottam Resource Director: Claire Perng Resource Director: Piyush Shanbhag Assistant Resource Director: Nathan Saputra Assistant Finance Director: Sophia Zhang

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