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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Music

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: 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.

Target demographics: low-income children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27,000 kids

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETM's good goes beyond just what they advertise on their website. As a former employee and then eventual partner teacher of theirs for many years I have come to see many of the levels of good they do.First is the obvious one of providing an experience for inner city students who otherwise would not have had the opportunity at all. The stories go on and on, year after year, about the student who was exposed to an ETM program at their school and are now either performing better overall or are taking it a step further as to be at high schools like Laguardia. These countless success stories would not have been possible without ETM.Second is the opportunity it offers its teachers. I was well prepared coming from my undergrad to take on the world as a music educator, but I would not have been nearly as successful in those first few years had it not been for the support from ETM. The professional developments, the resources, the advice, the counseling... it was almost like student teaching 2.0. I soaked up everything I could and adapted to become a better music educator.I don't know where I would be today without ETM, and thousands of new students every year say the same thing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Michelle Q.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

While working as the education director for the Stamford Symphony Orchestra we were fortunate enough to gain two major funding opportunities. When tasked with developing a curriculum incorporated program for the Boys and Girls Club of Stamford and a district-wide student concert for the Stamford Public School district, I turned to Education Through Music. Through their incredible expertise we were able to create the following two programs and it was only through their dedication and hard work that these they were as successful as they have been for the past 4 years:
1. Boys and Girls Club: Created an interactive 10 week after-school music appreciation program following the CT Standards for Social Studies for grades 1 through 3. Developed teaching materials,trained musicians to teach the curriculum and manage the classroom, as well as provided an overview for the counselors at the center. Over the past four years this program has served over 500 under-priviledged students in the city of Stamford and provided them with a level of music instruction unmatched in the public school system.
2. 4th and 5th grade distric-wide concert: ETM worked with the Stamford Symphony's music director and conductor to develop a comprehensive concert that brought to life the 4th and 5th grade social studies curriculum "American History". The American Experience takes students through the founding of a new nation through the first World War and utilizes music as a snap-shot of the culture of those times. Resource books and CD's were created for all elementary schools and professional development with music teachers from the district was conducted by ETM. Over the past four years close to 12,000 students in the Stamford Public schools have participated it the American Experience Concert
If it wasn't for the innovative thinking and enthusiasim of Education Through Music neither of these programs would have been possible. They are an extra-ordinary resource to arts programs,the city of Stamford and utlimately the students in our public schools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PS 68 is a school in the Bronx, New York that has a working relationship with ETM for over 13 years. They were very proactive in finding resources to sstaff our school with a variety of string instruyments. As a result of this partnership I am please to announce that our school has a full string orchestra for students in grades 4 and 5. Additionally ETM had provided a piano accompanist for our Gospel Chorus. Our music program has been so successful that several of our students have app;ied to and been accepted into Julliard School of Music. Ongoing professional development is provided for our entire staff. The theories presented have had a dramatic impact on academis subjects. When ouy youngest children are studying non-numerical concepts inclufing in front of, next to etc., they can identify with where instruments are seated in a full orchestra. Learning the value of notes can transform a mathy lesson into a challenging experience. Studying composers and current musicians has motivated the students to write and publish wonderful research projects. It should also be noted that people move into our community just their students have the opportunity to learn a sequential music curriculum.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My experience with Education Through Music is a great one! The students that partcipate love and enjoy it. They have not only have developed a love of music but have also become very skilled in reading and understanding what music is and how it is made. An example of this is when they practice singing they understand that there are different notes where their voices need to change.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Asssitant Principal at P.S. 76 and have worked with Education Through Music for the past five years. Our partnership with Education Through Music has not only provided our entire student population with formalized music instruction, but it has also offered various musical opportunities for our staff and students. Children have been given the opportunity to learn to play various instruments, participate in after school musical programs, perform in concerts and theatrical productions, and has helped to foster an appreciation for the arts. Education Through Music has supported P.S. 76 in our quest to provide our students with a well rounded education and has provided our staff and students with the resources necessary to build and sustain a formal music program. We appreciate the hard work and dedication that the staff at Education Through Music has shown to P.S. 76 and consider our partnership invaluable.