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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Music

Mission: Education Through Music, Inc. (ETM) makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts. ETM partners with schools that lack sufficient funding for school-wide music programs, and ETM ensures that every student enrolled in these schools receives weekly music instruction. Since 1991, ETM has harnessed the power of music to enhance the academic performance and general development of its students. Our work provides these children with the skills to become better learners and the confidence to live in an increasingly challenging world.

Results: Analysis from the 2014–15 school year indicates that ETM is meeting its objectives of supporting students’ academic achievement and general development. Overall, students in schools that receive the ETM program perform better academically than students in schools with similar demographics that do not receive the ETM program. Students’ participation in ETM music class and school performances contributes to their creativity as well as to their social and emotional capacities. The program encourages students’ motivation for school in general. Findings include: • ETM supports students’ social and emotional development. Nearly all parents and classroom teachers (ranging from 96%–98%) believe the ETM program positively impacts students’ confidence, self-esteem, and cooperation with their peers. • ETM positively impacts students’ academic achievement: 90% of ETM students in grades 3–8 reported on surveys that music class has helped them focus and participate more in school, and 78% of middle school students said that music class has increased their desire to go to school; 95% of classroom teachers believe ETM has enhanced students’ math, literacy, and critical thinking skills. • Students in longtime ETM partner schools earned higher scores on the New York State Math and English Language Arts assessments compared to students in peer schools (schools serving similar demographic populations). • Special need students in longtime partner schools earned higher Math scores than their peers in non-ETM schools. • Partner school leadership highly rated the overall program: 92% of principals agree that participation in ETM’s program increases students’ engagement in school. Full reports are available at www.ETMonline.org/evaluation.

Target demographics: low-income children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27,000 kids

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: In 2016-17, we anticipate that ETM's partner school program will provide music education to an estimated 27,000 economically disadvantaged students in 48 schools in NYC who would who would otherwise have limited or no arts exposure. ETM provides music as a core subject to every student. We hire music teachers; we train these teachers so they can be eligible to be hired by schools as part of a long-term plan for sustaining programs. We conduct outreach to classroom teachers and parents to build understanding and advocacy for music education. By providing quality music education to close to 27,000 students and building support within school communities, our programs: provide students with musical skills and knowledge; support growth in students' self-confidence and self-esteem; support improved achievement in other academic areas; support community involvement; and increase the capacity of partner schools to sustain music programs on their own so that the benefits of music education can continue beyond the life of ETM.

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETM's good goes beyond just what they advertise on their website. As a former employee and then eventual partner teacher of theirs for many years I have come to see many of the levels of good they do.First is the obvious one of providing an experience for inner city students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity at all. The stories go on and on, year after year, about the student who was exposed to an ETM program at their school and are now either performing better overall or are taking it a step further as to be at high schools like Laguardia. These countless success stories would not have been possible without ETM.Second is the opportunity it offers its teachers. I was well prepared coming from my undergrad to take on the world as a music educator, but I would not have been nearly as successful in those first few years had it not been for the support from ETM. The professional developments, the resources, the advice, the counseling... it was almost like student teaching 2.0. I soaked up everything I could and adapted to become a better music educator.I don't know where I would be today without ETM, and thousands of new students every year say the same thing.

Alison46

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music is a wonderful organization. The ETM product brings young children a lot of joy. However, what I found remarkable about the organization was their effort to also evaluate their program for peak effectiveness on other valuable life skills. The staff of ETM are incredibly dedicated to and passionate about the cause. The children--the audience they serve--really do come first at this nonprofit.

Lisa599

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the ETM Associates for the past 2 years and have been extremely impressed by the organization. The ETM Associates are a group of volunteers that are passionate about Education Through Music's mission and want to help build awareness of the organization among New York's young professionals.

I was originally drawn to ETM because of the organization's unique model—providing comprehensive and high-quality music education rather than just donating instruments like many other music ed organizations do. However, what kept me engaged was seeing how passionate its employees are and how hard they work to institute systemic and sustainable change in New York's schools. For all of these reasons, I would highly recommend getting involved with ETM—whether as a teacher, a volunteer, or a donor!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past four years, I have had the privilege to call myself an ETM teacher. I can say without hesitation that this organization helps students to achieve their full musical, developmental, and critical thinking potential, a potential I can assure you is as high as students in districts with far more money. I have never seen a non-profit that embodies its mission more than ETM. As a teacher, I was supplied with a beautiful and clean classroom, quality instruments, grade appropriate benchmarks, the freedom to create a curriculum that worked for my students, access to a library of practically unlimited resources, and a mentor who was readily available to help and advise at any time. Their professional development opportunities are unparalleled. The students undoubtedly succeed in their musical journeys because of the support ETM gives its teachers and programs. I recently left ETM to relocate to a different area of the state, yet I continue to use and even share the benchmarks and methods that were shared with me because of their success with the hundreds of students I've taught while with ETM. If you are looking for a non-profit to donate to and wish to bring music and the arts back to the students of New York City, look no further than ETM!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a music teacher and past employee of ETM, there are no words to describe the unique role that this non-profit fills in the NYC school system. Not only does ETM provide a comprehensive and sequential approach to music education, but it provides AMAZING supplies for students and a network of professional development/mentorship for its music teachers. I've watched as countless students' lives were changed as a result of ETM's partnership with the school I was appointed to. For me, ETM provided the means necessary to get my foot in the door with the NYC DOE and become a full-time city employee. Thanks to ETM, I have over 4 years of professional teaching experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music fills an unfortunate void in the New York City Public Schools by providing qualified, sequential music instruction to thousands of students across the 5 boroughs. Because of this, students are given the chance to experience the arts, as well as band and orchestral programs, which they may not normally be given the opportunity for. This really does wonders for those students, as exploring the arts is an opportunity that must be afforded to our city students (as well as others)! ETM is expanding, as is its outreach (NY and LA). As a current employee of the NYC Department of Education, I can tell you the effect ETM has had on students, other faculty, and myself is profound. Our program in the Bronx has developed (band enrollment looks to be double from the previous year!) to the point where there is a definitive arts culture in the community, and for our students, the overall experience at the school is rich with opportunity. ETM is leading the way in establishing music in the public schools!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined ETM almost 3 years ago as part of the Associate Board group. I was looking for a nonprofit to work with that had a stellar reputation, a significant impact in the arts, and a team who was excited to work with each other, the Board, and their volunteers every day. Once I joined I immediately knew that was the case. What stands out to me is that the organization is hyper focused on their goal of bringing music education to NYC classrooms. ETM hires and trains high quality music educators -- the bar is high. The instruction itself is rigorous, and the results are both data-driven and qualitative. They have a unique model where they are very happy to leave a school, even if that "lowers" the number of schools they service in any given year, because that means the school has adopted the ETM program and teacher full-time. As a part of the associates group, we have had the chance to not only raise money but also raise awareness for this group which is otherwise under the radar and heads down on making their impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience volunteering for the children's benefit gala. The staff were knowledgeable and helpful, the mission was clearly communicated, and I could clearly understand what effect my donation of my time was having. I would highly recommend this experience to other volunteers and will continue to support ETM!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Education Through Music (ETM) is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit. The company has a true, committed passion for providing a full, standards-based music education for every child within its partner schools. This is a unique mission, in which the leadership and employees work excitedly and tirelessly to support. Another way that the organization stands out from other nonprofits is through regular evaluation of the program. ETM has a fully staffed internal evaluation department that provides findings which are used to track the progress or improve the program. Additionally, ETM places a high value on strategic growth and has shown its capability in taking steps toward achieving such growth.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked for ETM for nearly three years, and was impressed by the organization's infrastructure and management. ETM cares very much about the many students it serves and the quality of its music programs; ETM also works to advocate for better overall education policy. Its programs are thoughtfully designed, to be long-term and sustainable, and they help make thousands of students educational experiences more stimulating and valuable.