Education Through Music, Inc.
Rating: 4.81 stars 91 91 reviews 11,567
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.
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.
low-income children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade
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New York City
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.
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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.
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!
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!