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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 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 26, 2011

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September 26, 2011

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.

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Watching the Boys and Girls club students see musical instruments and learn about how they sound and work together in an orchestra was incredibly rewarding. The district wide concert was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Children listened and participated in a classical concert and you could actually see their self esteem rising. Many of them had never been to a live performance before in their lives

Ways to make it better...

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

Find ways to get more funding for them and expand their programs. More hands on programs of this nature are needed in urban areas and my biggest complaint is that I couldn't expand these incredible programs into more grades within the school district

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

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.

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As a school leader, I am thrilled to see the excitement and enthusiasm on the students faces the first time they play a keyboard or tenderly pick up a violin. The music program is a fantastic motivatoe to keep children coming to school daily.

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It a wonderful as it is!!!!! I just wish they had more money to provide us with teaching artists five days a week.

January 26, 2011

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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. . . 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.

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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 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

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.

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

My students understanding music.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give my students more of an opportunity to have this program.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

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.

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

I have seen the positve impact that Music education has had on the students that attend P.S. 76.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the organization to allow for more schools and more students to be able to benefit from their services.

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