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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 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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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.

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

perhaps allocate a few staff members to Annual Campaign efforts.

September 24, 2011

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September 24, 2011

I was a part of the Education Through Music team for two years. After graduating from college, I was looking to work somewhere that was mission-driven and that made a meaningful impact on the lives of disadvantaged children. I was fortunate to find my way to ETM, an organization that showed me all that is possible through high-quality music education. My colleagues at ETM were all passionate about the work and tireless in their efforts to constantly improve the music programs and the efficiency of the organization. It is remarkable that ETM is able to provide an entire year of music instruction to a student for just $150. There are few organizations that can claim to do this at such low cost, and it is proof that the mission to provide all children with a great education is an attainable one. My time at ETM was inspiring because I got to see how music education helped students and schools, and because I was in the company of talented , knowledgeable, and passionate people.

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the feedback from parents, students, teachers, and principals who received our programs. Students were grateful for the opportunity to learn music, participate in band and orchestra ensembles, and perform at school concerts. Parents, teachers, and principals saw how the music programs positively impacted their students in so many different ways, including their academic performance, self-confidence, and motivation for school.

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

Expand their presence to many more school districts across the country where music education is absent from the curriculum.

January 28, 2011

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January 28, 2011

I've been a volunteer with Education Through Music for about five years and have had nothing but great experiences with the organization. When I joined ETM I was looking to work with a cause that I could identify with on a personal level, and have never been let down by the work we do. For those who are not in the know, ETM partners with under-funded / inner-city schools to provide comprehensive music education to children who would otherwise have no access to arts education. When I was growing up, music was a huge part of my upbringing, and I love that I am able to work with an organization that provides children with access to this field. Moreover, I have always been impressed by ETM's level of dedication to their cause in that their programming is unique to each school's needs and is by no-means cut-and-paste. ETM's staff is incredibly profession and committed to their work, as are other volunteers with the program. And, as an added bonus, we typically have a lot of fun together! Please help in supporting this amazing organization!!

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meeting children that the organization benefits and seeing the results of their hard work!

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none

January 27, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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 13, 2011

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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.

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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.

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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.

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