Education Through Music, Inc.

Rating: 4.77 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 122 East 42nd St., Ste 1501 New York NY 10168 USA

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: Over the 2012-2013 school year, the evaluation data collected suggest that the ETM program model is being effectively implemented. ETM instruction is associated with increased student learning in music and academics, improved general development of students, and the program builds support of music education within its partnership schools and communities. To measure ETM’s effectiveness, surveys were conducted with students, teachers, principals and parents. Students’ assessment scores in music and academics were also obtained. Summary of findings *ETM students show greater academic achievement than their peers in non-ETM schools. The ETM program supports learning in the academic areas of Math and English Language Arts (ELA). Comparative data from the New York State (NYS) Assessment suggests that students within ETM schools have greater academic achievement than those in NYC public schools that have similar demographic populations. Furthermore, ETM students’ academic achievement is positively correlated to their musical achievement, based on performance measures from the NYS Assessments and the ETM Music Assessment. *ETM has a positive impact on students’ general development. The ETM program is important to students’ development in a variety of social and emotional measures, as indicated by survey responses from students, classroom teachers and parents. Most notably, respondents reported that the program helped students within the areas of self-esteem, creativity, and positive attitude. *ETM’s partnership school communities highly regard the music program. The overall program is perceived as a necessary and positive school presence, as indicated by survey responses from classroom teachers, principals, and parents. In particular, classroom teachers regard the program’s music instruction as beneficial to their students’ learning in all areas. See a full report at: http://issuu.com/tlemberger/docs/etm_2012-13_final_report-web
Target demographics: low-income children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 kids
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: In 2014-15, ETM's partner school program will provide music education to 20,000 economically disadvantaged students in 37 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 20,000 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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Rating: 4 stars  

Having ETM at One World Middle School is really important to our students. This program enhances teamwork skills and discipline. In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal, the performance, and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing. These are essential values that the students learn and can transfer into any academic area.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently joined the Board of Education Through Music and couldn't be more excited about the opportunity. The vision from leadership to the execution at the school level was inspiring. I sat in on a 5th grade class and was memorized how the ETM teacher was able to captivate their attention for the entire class. It was clear that the kids were so intent on learning the tune and the beats and you could visibly see their minds at working figuring out the balance. I hope that more and more principals see and understand the importance of music as a fundamental tool for building learning capacity and general development. The arts are so important and a much needed outlet for our youth. I’m looking forward to helping this organization grow and impact more and more lives.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Education Through Music provides opportunities to 14,000 children in New York City who may never otherwise receive them. Seeing the difference that the music program provided by ETM has made for my students has been an inspiration. Not only are they learning music, but they are learning to be independent critical thinkers. ETM provides students with skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives and help them build successful futures.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was introduced to ETM, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of this incredible organization. What impressed me the most was that ETM is an organization that impacts children’s lives through music every single day. In addition, their unique teaching model is designed to not only expose students to music but to take those skills learned and translate them to other areas of learning. I have witnessed the dedication and passion of the staff, the teachers and the kids and it is inspiring beyond words. I believe that music education is instrumental in developing innovation and creativity in various fields; math, science, business. And I am so proud to be a part of this organization; an organization that stands above many others because of its on-going dedication to music education and its impact on children's lives and their future.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Education Through Music is a great advocate of music education in New York City. As a staff member, they have made sure I have access to appropriate equipment, copious instructional resources, and supportive staff.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

WIth six years as a music teacher, twelve as a professional musician, and four in non-profit management/development I can whole heartedly endorse Education Through Music as a leader in the field of Music Education. From the quality teachers they support and nurture, the programs they work diligently to develop, and the inherent leadership they posses their mission is always clear- to teach all children how to become great musicians while giving them the tools to become great thinkers.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was previously a staff member at ETM and have remained involved through volunteering with the organization. It is truly remarkable how the dedicated staff and music teachers of ETM bring music education to thousands of New York City children every week of the school year. ETM Music Teachers are trained at the highest level, and they bring the same standards to their music classrooms. The skills these music teachers offer extend way beyond the music classroom and I have heard story after story of students who are more excited, motivated, and interested in going to school because of the music program. I am proud to be involved with an organization that helps students become lifelong learners through music.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting the partner schools. It is amazing to see school auditoriums filled with parents supporting their children's musical performances.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that more school principals can see the lasting power of change that ETM and a music program has on a school and its community. Every student deserves to have music as a part of their education, and I hope that more principals will help make arts education a reality for every New York City student.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I was reminded of the immense impact a music program can have on a school and its surrounding community. Students, parents, music teachers, classroom teachers, principals, school staff, and local government officials have all cited ETM as a model music education program, and I am proud to be a part of this organization.

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I am proud to be a part of this organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Education Through Music (ETM) is not only committed to the central role music education should play in students' academic and cultural lives but -- and this distinguishes it from most other organizations focused on delivering music or arts education -- ETM is committed to touching every student in each of its partner schools at least once a week all year. This is very important: the oremise is that every student, whatever their apparent level of musical talent, deserves to explore music and to experience the communal and individual radiating benefits that playing and appreciating music has in their broader academic and social lives. ETM trains and supports experienced music educators in, and transforms its, partner schools. The confidence this instruction, attention and rigor gives to students who have not previously played music in an organized way, and the joy it gives their families to see their kids in a holiday concert for the first time is stunning. ETM as an organization is thorough and rigorous -- developing curricula for its music educators; selecting and working with partner principals; thinking through its strategic direction to maximize its impact on students and the communities it serves; acting as a steward of resources -- and has a dedicated and talented staff and board to support its ambitions of growth and continued excellence. ETM also makes an impact nationally through its affiliate and outreach programs; these permit the model to be replicated as appropriate in other underserved communities outside New York. ETM serves a great and vital cause and does it intelligently, efficiently and with joy. A great organization that I am proud to be associated with.

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

After my son started with the ETM band group, he became very excited to go to school. His grades improved! Even at home he behaves better because he finishes his homework early in order to practice on his instrument. He has been inspired by music and discovered his talent. I would honestly recommend this organization to everybody as it has done wonders for my son. I'm really thankful for all of the opportunities this program has given him. Keep up the amazing work.

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2012

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I have seen ETM change lives. When ETM moves into a new school, the test scores for reading and math jump by over 40% within the first 2 years of their arrival. Attendance improves, parental involvement improves, teacher morale improves, and music concerts get parents coming to the school and leaving feeling proud of their child. This organization is professional and effective. I am committed to transforming our educational system. This organization is the single most effective one that I know of that is delivering great results in many, many schools today!! You've got to learn more about this one. It is really special!! -- Edward Petner

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Life-changing

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