Education Through Music, Inc.
Rating: 4.81 stars 89 89 reviews 11,538
122 East 42nd St., Ste 1501 New York NY 10168 USA
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.
The 2013-14 Program Evaluation confirms that ETM’s model is being effectively implemented, with ETM instruction associated with increased student learning in music and academics, as well as improved youth development among students. ETM’s programs build support for music education within partnership schools and communities. Additional results include: • ETM has a positive impact on students' self-esteem and creativity; 87% of students felt that going to music class helped them to “feel better about myself” and “feel better about my future,” and 90% of students felt that music class helped them develop “improved artistic/creative skills.” • Approximately 94% of partner school classroom teachers believe that music education positively impacts students’ critical thinking skills, and 95% believe it positively impacts students’ overall academic skills. • ETM students’ knowledge of music is positively correlated to their knowledge of Math and English Language Arts. • Students in ETM partner schools achieved significantly higher proficiency rating averages on the New York State Math and English Language Arts assessments compared to peer schools (schools serving similar demographic populations). Full reports are available at www.ETMonline.org/evaluation.
low-income children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade
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New York City
In 2015-16, ETM's partner school program will provide music education to close to 27,000 economically disadvantaged students in 48 schools in NYC 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.
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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.
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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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.
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.
Education Through Music set me up for success in the school by preparing me mentally, and providing me with all of the materials, curriculum, and resources I need to be an effective music teacher in a challenging environment. After only one year, the school hired me to be full time! Thank you, ETM for helping me get my teaching career started!
I came to this company in 2014, and within a year I was hired full time through my school. I cannot thank them enough for the overwhelming support I was given. Essentially, I was put in a position to succeed, and the largest beneficiaries are the students I teach daily. ETM wants music in NYC public schools, and is doing their part to make sure that the number of programs increases each year. 50% of schools with music is too low, the students deserve better, and ETM is leading the way in making sure that's the case.
As a former employee (elementary school general music and band), I have nothing but positive things to say about Education Through Music (ETM). Personally, my teaching improved through their rigorous training, professional development, and supervisory evaluations which adhere to the current NYS Danielson framework. Through the placement that ETM provided me with, I was ultimately hired through the NYC DOE and exceed the school's expectations.
ETM provides thousands of children in both NY and the country the opportunity to have a quality music education. ETM stresses comprehensive music education benchmarks, critical thinking, common core connections, and provides staff with the tools necessary to give each child a music program that will change their life forever.
As I walked into my school for my first year of teaching, we were equipped with more instruments than we knew what to do with and endless supplies. All ETM staff have access to the latest music resources and are given guidance through every step of building a general music program and band/orchestra/choir from scratch. The best part about being partnered with this organization is watching the atmosphere of the school we are placed in positively change over time.
I have supported ETM and its mission for many years. It is wonderful to see how the organization has grown and continues to bring quality music education to many NYC schools.
Best of all is visiting a school and see and hear the excitement children show in their music classes. That spirit permeates the whole school environment.
I look forward to my next visit!
My name is Amanda Gonzalez. I was a music teacher with ETM for two years and have recently been hired by the NYCDOE full time. ETM helped me get my foot in the door to the NYCDOE system. I have loved working with ETM. For my first year teaching, the staff was so helpful. I had a field supervisor who came to visit me as much as possible to help me out and model for me what a good music teacher does in the classroom. What the field supervisor was able to show me was beyond what I had experienced student teaching. They were also able to help me develop my music curriculum through ETM standards (which are based on the Nation Standards) and with resources at the ETM learning center in Manhattan. ETM has helped me become a better teacher and helped me navigate working with under privileged students in the Bronx. My students have had opportunities to perform for their community, both inside and outside of the school, and my orchestra had a Skype concert with a school is Switzerland last year. ETM has helped my students grow as individuals and broaden their lives beyond their neighborhood. I feel so lucky that I have ETM still as a partnership now that I am a DOE teacher. I still have a vast resource of professionals and materials to go back to when I need help. Thank you ETM for helping me become the teacher I am today.
I had an extremely rewarding experience working for ETM. The organization's sound financial management and emphasis on quality, comprehensive programs set it apart from similar nonprofits, and have earned ETM respect within the sector and beyond. I am excited to see ETM expand its reach to provide music education to even more deserving children in the New York City area in the coming years. Keep up the good work!