Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
65 Reviews
1234.738465
| 1 ... 5 6 7 |
Write A Review
January 27, 2011

more

January 27, 2011

Ever since I was a teenager, I have insisted that I would be both a stellar violinist and a fantastic music teacher. In college, I double-majored in performance and music education to achieve that end. Never did I imagine that I would be teaching inner-city kids in the Bronx. Nor did I imagine that I would love it so much that I would pursue it full-time. Education Through Music makes a huge difference in the lives of low-income children by providing them with a quality music education, but it has also helped me to find my path as a music educator.

I first came across ETM in searching for part-time teaching work. I was new to NYC and wanted to find a steady teaching job that would allow me enough time to perform. Previous to working for ETM, I had taught primarily in suburban schools with established music programs. There was certainly an adjustment period going from suburban Ohio to the Bronx, but the mentors at Education Through Music provided me with valuable tools and feedback to make the transition easier. Throughout that transition, the most astonishing thing I found was what a difference the music program made! I had never fully appreciated what a quality music education did for children. Having grown up and taught in places where the music program was firmly established, I had taken it for granted. But teaching in a school where there had not been a music program for 20 years opened my eyes. I saw children make the most startling transformations in music class! They became better behaved, enthusiastic, and successful. The success they were achieving in music began to translate to other academic areas. They began to look forward to school. And I began to become addicted to teaching.

I am now in my 5th year of teaching for ETM. The students continue to surprise me in their enthusiasm and achievement. But I know that I would not be the teacher I am today without the ongoing support and mentoring that Education Through Music has provided. Thank you, ETM, not only for what you do for the kids but what you do for us teachers!

The Great!

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

The results of Education Through Music are evident in the students the organization serves. i have seen life-altering changes in many of my students once they experienced a quality music education in their school. Problems with academic achievement and behavior diminish even with the most challenging of students. The sentiment I hear most often expressed from teachers and parents is, "That instrument has changed his life!"

Ways to make it better...

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

If I had to make changes to ETM, I would hire a larger staff and give everyone a raise! It is laudable that so much of the funding goes directly to the children. However, I know the staff works very hard for very long hours while living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Everyone is so mission-driven that they are willing to work more hours for less pay to see the job done well. But I hope to see the day when ETM can afford to lavish upon the children AND the staff. They deserve it!

More feedback...

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

What is unique about this organization?

Education Through Music is not an enrichment program. It is a comprehensive, sequential music education program run by professional educators. Many other organizations in this field provide valuable musical experiences, but they are designed to be short-term enrichment programs rather than a comprehensive music education. These enrichment programs often target only a select group of students. ETM services every child in every school they serve from Kindergarten until graduation, providing them with a strong foundation in music and life skills.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 27, 2011

more

January 27, 2011

Education Through Music is one of the most incredible organizations I have had the honor of being involved with. I have seen first hand, for the last three years, how the organization has enabled students to feel great about participating in music and how students participation has impacted their overall education. In a world where arts education is increasingly being cut, ETM offers a complete solution - teachers, instruments, curriculum. It's a much needed service in a world where we continue to devalue the arts.

The Great!

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

...seeing students who have participated in the program evolve into musicians and, equally as importantly, have heard the results of increased test scores across multiple disciplines.

Ways to make it better...

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

...find a way to get more resources so that the program can be expanded to more schools that are suffering from losing arts education.

January 27, 2011

more

January 27, 2011

I worked for Education Through Music for about three years, and in that time I was impressed on a daily basis by the real impact that the organization was having on the lives of disadvantaged students. It was always an inspiration to go see the program in action in the partner schools, and the student performances showed the students' measurable progress and developing love of music.

The Great!

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

I have experienced the results of this organization when I saw student performances and observed teacher training that helped music teachers become better educators.

Ways to make it better...

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

Encourage them to expand and replicate their model through more affiliates, to serve more students who really need more music in their lives.

January 27, 2011

more

January 27, 2011

Last year, I saw a performance of students at a school in the Bronx. They performed for Joshua Bell. It was an experience I will never forget watching those students play their hearts out for Mr. Bell. They played beautifully and it brought tears to my eyes. No where else would these children had the opportunity to learn and play. I'm sure it's a memory they will never, never forget. I know I won't.

I continue to support this organization and am glad that there are people and organizations who understand the importance of the arts in children's lives and bring opportunities to experience music to schools where music, dance and art programs are cut from the curriculum.

The Great!

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

Last year, I saw a first-time performance of students at a school in the Bronx. They performed for the violinist, Joshua Bell. He was so warm and gracious. He answered questions and spoke to them about the importance of music and the arts in their lives and encouraged them to continue their music education. It warmed my heart to see these children who were in awe of Mr. Bell and how they played so beautifully for him. This was an opportunity I know they never would have in the regular NYC system.

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more support and promote their exceptional work.

January 27, 2011

more

January 27, 2011

Education Through Music is a unique program that has achieved tremendous results serving children in disadvantaged schools for whom arts education would otherwise not be a reality. In its 20th year of operation, ETM serves 13,000 children in New York City in 23 schools.

ETM stresses
consistent, comprehensive, sequential music instruction and partners with inner-schools to ensure that each and every student in the school benefits from the program. ETM integrates its program with the school's academic curriculum and thereby improves students' academic outcomes and enhances overall development.

The Great!

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

We have seen measurable results on students' academic performance and preparedness through a quantitative long-term study undertaken by outside evaluation experts. In visits to ETM partner schools, I have personally seen extraordinary levels of student engagement and excitement, and have seen how ETM's involvement has improved the climate and cohesion inside the school.

Ways to make it better...

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

ETM has worked closely with individual schools and clusters of schools in NYC and now in Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area. Unlike programs with major arts institution sponsorship, it is still less visible in the educational and arts communities than its track record and results would justify. I would like to see ETM's profile raised.

January 26, 2011

more

January 26, 2011

Education Through Music provides music education to our K - 5 students. In addition, it provides band instruction. The students in our school, which has a 74% poverty level, benefit from music instruction, which they would not otherwise have. The teachers are well trained, and teach music theory and instrumental music in context. Our students have become more well rounded. This program often results in successes for students who are not succeeding academically. The Education Through Music staff has been cooperative and is always looking to match the right artist with our school culture. We are very pleased with ETM!

The Great!

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

watching the successes of our students...watching them smile as they perform for their friends and relatives...witnessing them getting into specialized middle schools because of the musical talent they developed at Public School 121

Ways to make it better...

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

I would not make changes in this organization. Even in the current economy, they have been able to raise enough funding to keep the program going and even to grow!

January 26, 2011

more

January 26, 2011

As the Education Manager at a regional symphony, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to partner and collaborate with Education Through Music on many of our music education programs. Their knowledge, expertise and professionalism is unparallelled. They have helped to create some of our most successful programs. ETM never loses sight of it's goals - using music to educate, broaden and inspire young people. I give them my highest recommendation.

The Great!

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

curriculum creation, program design, professional development, training of teaching artists, and creation of children's concert programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

have them expand to serve even more communities.

January 24, 2011

more

January 24, 2011

I am writing to express my appreciation and praise for Education Through Music’s work with the P.S. 3/The Bedford Village School, located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We have sustained a partnership with ETM for more than a decade. They support and participate in our efforts to provide music education for all of our students.

Their teaching artists instruct our students in general, vocal and instrumental music. They provide professional development for our staff by modeling lessons that can be taught by classroom teachers and integrated into their core curriculum teaching. They assist classroom teachers in implementing musical projects with their students, as well. Frequent concerts, organized by their teaching artist, showcase students’ learning and musical abilities and provide experiences to attend musical performances. Additionally, ETM has purchased instruments and a library of music-related trade books for use by our students and teachers.

ETM works with P.S. 3’s School Leadership Team and me to plan for and implement comprehensive sequential-skills music education that will also support cognitive development and academic achievement in all subject areas. Our students are musically talented and many of them graduate to participate in music education in middle school. Parents express interests in arts education for their children; they want to enroll their children in P.S. 3 because of our arts education focus.

ETM advises us in strategic planning for School Development initiatives, fund-raising to support school programs and facility improvement in the community and with our local elected officials. Their efforts have led to recent lighting and audio/visual system upgrades for our auditorium. That, in turn, has allowed us to welcome a decades-old, NYC-based theater company, The Shadow Box Theatre, to establish a permanent residency at P.S. 3. They will also support our music and theater education.

Over the years I have urged my school leader colleagues to partner with Education Through Music. I heartily recommend this arts-in-education organization as one of the best in New York City.

The Great!

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

. . . promoting and sustaining music education for all students at P.S. 3/The Bedford Village School and the positive effect that it has had on our school community and student achievement.

Ways to make it better...

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

. . . have them expand their work to parents and families in the school community for them to understand the relationship between music literacy and academic achievement and, hence, the importance of music education in student learning and addressing the needs of the "whole child" and varied learning modalities.

January 13, 2011

more

January 13, 2011

I volunteered with ETM in Fall 2010. ETM is dedicated to bringing music education to inner city schools in New York City. The majority of the children ETM serves would not otherwise have access to music education or exposure to some of the great artists, like Joshua Bell, that ETM provides.

ETM spends an enormous amount of time and effort ensuring that the have funding for its programs and that the music programs are of an extremely high caliber. The music teachers employed by ETM are gifted musicians and gifted teachers. ETM ensures that its teachers have access to the latest technology, like SMART boards, and training.

ETM's programs have an positive impact on the children they serve. Music gives the children something to feel positive about during the school day.

The Great!

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

I went to one of the ETM schools on a day that Joshua Bell was giving a master class at one of the public elementary schools in the Bronx. Seeing the childrens faces light up when Joshua played for them and listened to them play showed me how much the work that ETM does really impacts the students it helps.

Ways to make it better...

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

More funding! The ETM program is well run and well organized, ETM does need increased and continued support to help reach more children.

January 12, 2011

more

January 12, 2011

Education Through Music believes every child should have a well-rounded education that includes music both as a subject and as a means of supporting learning in other areas. I believe this is an accurate description of how this program has been implemented in our school. Students are given the opportunity to learn a variety of subjects with the support of music. Music teachers incorporate the units of study currently being taught into their music class. They use music to explain concepts in a different and unique way. Students are able to use hands on materials, such as instuments, to get them involved in learning the material. Every student also has the chance to perform in a concert twice a school year which allows the school to come together and support one another.


The Great!

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

seeing this program improve my students' enthusium for learning.

Ways to make it better...

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

like to have more time to collaborate with the music teachers.

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers