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May 3, 2012

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1 previous review
September 23, 2011

I am a Principal of a new small middle school in the Bronx -- One World Middle School @Edenwald. When I began recruiting students last April, parents expressed an interest in Music within the school. ... more

May 3, 2012

I am the principal of a brand new school, One World Middle School, that opened its doors to students in September of 2011. I am not sure where to even begin -- in such a short time, I am blown away by the nurturing of our school community by Education Through Music. They take time and believe in our student Ambassadors during moments where it is a bit hard to :)

The opportunity and experience that ETM provides sparks something inside of our Ambassadors. They invited our students to sing at a gala. They took time to come in and work with our students to prepare for the gala. There were moments were students wanted to give up but they encouraged students to keep going while pushing them to be at their best. In short, the gala was a huge success! One student who has regularly cut from September and was thinking of joining a gang a few months back sang his heart out on that stage while his mother cried next to me. As he left Tuesday evening he asked me "When are we doing that again Ms. Wynne?" Another student who barely speaks in and out of class sang and smiled on the stage and expressed how excited she was afterwards. Students want to know when can they do this again. Music has been ignited in their hearts and it is because of ETM. I could go on and on about the fire that was sparked in every Ambassador.. but put simply ETM is a one of a kind!

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 23, 2011

I am a Principal of a new small middle school in the Bronx -- One World Middle School @Edenwald. When I began recruiting students last April, parents expressed an interest in Music within the school. At the time, music was not part of our curricula. As I continued recruiting students and parents continued to express interest in music I began to rethink my decision on music within the school. I began to investigate music programs on-line and through word of mouth. Education Through Music was recommended highly from neighboring principals, colleagues, parents, students and my network. When I contacted ETM, they visited my school to discuss a partnership. I was impressed with their interest in the mission/vision of my school. They took a real interest in how music would fit with our mission and vision and emphasized how this was a significant factor in our partnership. We agreed we were a great fit and fast forward to the first day of music with our students. The music teacher from ETM made contact with me and came in during the summer to decorate the music space. The environment is inviting and student friendly. On the first day of music the students LOVED it. They would not stop talking about music. Parents were excited that we incorporated music into our program. They talked so much I emailed ETM to see if we could either add an extra day and/or create an after school program. Our music teacher assigned is pro-active and is willing to join us on a parent evening to lead a student performance. ETM administrative staff works hand-in-hand with me and has been extremely helpful with all of my questions. My experience has been a positive one and I am so excited to build our partnership so our students can benefit from the talents of ETM. Thank you ETM!

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

our classrooms. Students are excited to go to music.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't make any changes

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Word of mouth/internet

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

none

April 3, 2012

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April 3, 2012

A bit disappointed to find out that only children that receive instruction privately from ETM are chosen to perform for their schools. Children who have outside instruction of musical instruments are not acknowledged for performance. So where is the love of music for the advancement of ALL children through music. Very unfortunate, many discouraged children are created through such practices.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 16, 2012

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1 previous review
January 12, 2011

Education Through Music is a nonprofit music program that has been in our school for several years. As a classroom teacher in the school, I can't say enough about how the students in my class "loved'... more

January 16, 2012

ETM provides exemplary music inwstruction and experience for students in our K-5 school building including a wonderful 5th grade band and 3rd and 4th grade chorus.

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

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 12, 2011

Education Through Music is a nonprofit music program that has been in our school for several years. As a classroom teacher in the school, I can't say enough about how the students in my class "loved' going to music and how much it benefited them academically, musically, and socially. Without ETM, many of the students in my school would never have had the opportunity to be exposed to a quality music program. Some of the students are in chorus and others are learning an instrument in addtion to the regular program. There are over 90 5th graders in the band who come in at 7:00 AM 3 days a week to practice! The dedication of the music staff is incredible. They come in early, stay late, and give up preps and lunches to give the students extra music lessons. Our school is very fortunate to have ETM and I hope they can continue their wonderful program.

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

my classroom. I've attended several workshops, profesional development days, and planned curriculum with ETM. The music teachers connect literacy, social studies, holidays, tetc. to their music lessons. On our next professional development day, ETM is going to present math/science/music connections.

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

not change anything, but be sure they keep are able to keep functioning.

October 6, 2011

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October 6, 2011

Education Through Music is an amazing program that has brought so much to our school. Before its inception here at PS 182 we had a very basic music education program that was provided to only a small percentage of our population. It left a lot teachers like myself with NO music background in charge of teaching their classes music. Fast forward to now and we have an outstanding program with highly qualified, dedicated music teachers who are able to capture the attention of every child and make learning exciting and fun. This year we even have an orchestra teacher and I had almost half my class sign up to learn to play an instrument! The vast majority of the students would never have had any of these opportunities if it weren't for Education Through Music. I myself never had any formal music lessons or music teacher until high school. I have learned so much in the last couple of years with the Education Through Music Program and realize the importance of music in children's lives that I have already started music lessons for my own two children who are under the age og three. I applaud Education Through Music for the stellar job they are doing. My entire class cannot wait until 10:10 on Wednesdays when we have our music class and I am proud to say I can't wait either. It is fun for all of us and I love to participate right along with the students.

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Watching the students grow and learn and love every moment of it. To see the excitement on their faces when they have finished singing for a concert or when they learned their first song on the recorder. The teachers and supervisors go out of their way to help the teachers out in areas other than music too. For example- helping choose music for the shows, providing background on various composers for culture of the month projects or choreographing a dance for the Dance Festival.

Ways to make it better...

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

get it into more schools. The more educated our students are the more opportunities they will receive which will make our future a whole lot better!

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Education Through Music began its program in our school in the 2009-2010 school year.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

As stated earlier I have learned the importance of music in children's lives from Education Through Music. I have involved both of my young children in music classes and even purchased a piano in the hopes to one day learn to play along with my children.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

As a former staff member and current volunteer and donor, I have seen time and time again how Education Through Music impacts the lives of the children it serves. From holiday concerts to weekly music classes, students learn not only music, but how routine practice leads to improvement.

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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?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

In my past professional career, I served as a board member, director of professional development, HR director, Personnel Director, Management Team member, of a not-for-profit education organization. I learned over the course of a dozen years, that the quality of your professional development determines the success of your program. I recently participated in a day of professional development at ETM. The experience was an informative and inspiring way to learn about and understand what ETM does. The coaching staff is impressive - smart and obviously well trained in music and in up to date pedagogy. And our own staff was simply excellent! The plan of the day, the pedagogical content covered, and the site all reflect a strong mission and an effective organization. I was especially impressed by the rigor of the music program we are offering our schools. Not only are our teachers teaching to a high academic standard, but they are also teaching students to think and supporting the skills they need to be successful in the rest of their academic program.

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

The professional development training I watched and participated in.

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

I could only wish that our national teacher training was modeled after the PD approach practiced by ETM.

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

Education through music gives students a great chance to experience musoc. Some of the schools they serve would have no music because of budget cuts. It really changes their lives and is a great organization to be a part of.

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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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

As a school principal in an urban elementary school, I have seen the Education through Music program changed children's attitudes in a positive way. The music teachers infuse music into the core subjects making learning more fun and inviting. For my students, ETM is their first experience with a musical instrument. Students are learning to read music, play notes, and this year we are forming a band. As pleased as I am with the program, what is most important are the children and they truly are excited to be part of a Music Program.
KUDOS TO THE ETM STAFF and those who, year after year, continue to support this program!!!

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 30, 2011

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September 30, 2011

I worked for ETM for about seven years and thoroughly enjoyed my experience both as a teaching artist and then as a program coordinator and mentor to younger teachers. I know this has been a life-changing organization because former students have found me online through social media and personally told me how much of a difference the experience of having music in their lives had. One of them even became a guitarist because he was inspired by something that happened during my tenure at his school. The organization is well run, organized, and seeks to better the overall experience of the students and the teaching artists in the classroom. Having worked with many different organizations and educators, they are one of the few that truly addresses the classroom management issues facing new teachers and is always there to help and offer aide and resources to the teaching artists so that they can best server their population. Additionally, I feel that their commitment to excellence is far and above any arts organization I have experienced. They are always asking what they can do to be a better organization and always willing to stretch and mold with the changing medias and interests of their students. I do and would highly recommend this organization to any musician looking to get into the educational side of the musician's world.

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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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

Education Through Music is a true asset to the underprivileged school community in New York City. The passion for music and children that the Music Program staff showed for the cause was truly impressive. Innovative music programs and concerts were being planned to show case the school children where ETM has a presence. Each staff member is there because of these children and the overall message of ETM - that music education helps nurture children so that they can excel not only in music but in science, math, and then further in life. Music builds confidence, strengthens friendships and expands horizons - Education Through Music builds their programs around those initiatives.

The fundraising staff at the charity is equally as dedicated to the cause. Everyone works very hard by securing grants, planning elaborate charity events, and thinking of strategic fundraising initiatives for the future to ensure that ETM continues to expand to other schools.

I was a part of ETM this past Spring as a volunteer event planner for their gala. Although my time there was short, due to school needs, I took away so much - the effects a sound music education has on children, the care and compassion it takes from everyone in an organization to produce outstanding results, and to always keep those who are being helped first in mind when making executive decisions. If it were not for grad school full time, I would have been honored to be a part of Education Through Music. The organization's work touches so many of the city's children, and the children greatly benefit as a result.

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

the the Spring Gala. Children sang beautifully at the gala, under the supervision of the program directors. To me, this all circled back to the work ETM does in the community.

Ways to make it better...

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

perhaps allocate a few staff members to Annual Campaign efforts.

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