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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

21 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.

Alison46

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music is a wonderful organization. The ETM product brings young children a lot of joy. However, what I found remarkable about the organization was their effort to also evaluate their program for peak effectiveness on other valuable life skills. The staff of ETM are incredibly dedicated to and passionate about the cause. The children--the audience they serve--really do come first at this nonprofit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the past four years, I have had the privilege to call myself an ETM teacher. I can say without hesitation that this organization helps students to achieve their full musical, developmental, and critical thinking potential, a potential I can assure you is as high as students in districts with far more money. I have never seen a non-profit that embodies its mission more than ETM. As a teacher, I was supplied with a beautiful and clean classroom, quality instruments, grade appropriate benchmarks, the freedom to create a curriculum that worked for my students, access to a library of practically unlimited resources, and a mentor who was readily available to help and advise at any time. Their professional development opportunities are unparalleled. The students undoubtedly succeed in their musical journeys because of the support ETM gives its teachers and programs. I recently left ETM to relocate to a different area of the state, yet I continue to use and even share the benchmarks and methods that were shared with me because of their success with the hundreds of students I've taught while with ETM. If you are looking for a non-profit to donate to and wish to bring music and the arts back to the students of New York City, look no further than ETM!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a music teacher and past employee of ETM, there are no words to describe the unique role that this non-profit fills in the NYC school system. Not only does ETM provide a comprehensive and sequential approach to music education, but it provides AMAZING supplies for students and a network of professional development/mentorship for its music teachers. I've watched as countless students' lives were changed as a result of ETM's partnership with the school I was appointed to. For me, ETM provided the means necessary to get my foot in the door with the NYC DOE and become a full-time city employee. Thanks to ETM, I have over 4 years of professional teaching experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music fills an unfortunate void in the New York City Public Schools by providing qualified, sequential music instruction to thousands of students across the 5 boroughs. Because of this, students are given the chance to experience the arts, as well as band and orchestral programs, which they may not normally be given the opportunity for. This really does wonders for those students, as exploring the arts is an opportunity that must be afforded to our city students (as well as others)! ETM is expanding, as is its outreach (NY and LA). As a current employee of the NYC Department of Education, I can tell you the effect ETM has had on students, other faculty, and myself is profound. Our program in the Bronx has developed (band enrollment looks to be double from the previous year!) to the point where there is a definitive arts culture in the community, and for our students, the overall experience at the school is rich with opportunity. ETM is leading the way in establishing music in the public schools!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Amanda Gonzalez. I was a music teacher with ETM for two years and have recently been hired by the NYCDOE full time. ETM helped me get my foot in the door to the NYCDOE system. I have loved working with ETM. For my first year teaching, the staff was so helpful. I had a field supervisor who came to visit me as much as possible to help me out and model for me what a good music teacher does in the classroom. What the field supervisor was able to show me was beyond what I had experienced student teaching. They were also able to help me develop my music curriculum through ETM standards (which are based on the Nation Standards) and with resources at the ETM learning center in Manhattan. ETM has helped me become a better teacher and helped me navigate working with under privileged students in the Bronx. My students have had opportunities to perform for their community, both inside and outside of the school, and my orchestra had a Skype concert with a school is Switzerland last year. ETM has helped my students grow as individuals and broaden their lives beyond their neighborhood. I feel so lucky that I have ETM still as a partnership now that I am a DOE teacher. I still have a vast resource of professionals and materials to go back to when I need help. Thank you ETM for helping me become the teacher I am today.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music is an outstanding organization that holds Music Education closely in its heart.
Its mission is to provide students with the necessary tools in order to succeed. These tools are presented through the medium of music. Music education is fortunate to have such a strong supporter in Education Through Music which shines ever so brightly in the schools throughout New York City and the surrounding Burroughs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a music educator and proud partner of Education Through Music, it has been my pleasure to adopt the ETM model in multiple schools. The sequential curriculum created by the ETM staff not only teaches musical concepts but also fosters critical thinking skills needed in both academia and the student’s own personal life. It is music that can bring school communities together and create an atmosphere of respect, learning, passion, and most importantly joy. In a time when arts education is being removed from many school institutions, ETM is at the forefront of preserving the importance of the arts in the lives of our children and our future. It is the passionate, ambitious, and driven teachers, supervisors, and sponsors that make ETM one of the strongest organizations of its kind. I look forward to its continued success and it is my honor to serve as a teacher with ETM!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music is a remarkable organization that provides inner-city students access to music education. Not only do they place teachers in these schools but they make sure that the teachers have access to an array of resources and instruments to enrich the general music experience. I am so grateful to have started my teaching career with ETM. The level of support that I received far exceeded what you would see as a first year teacher of a non-core subject in a school district. And the support that I was given allowed me to better support my students musical education. I see music as an equalizer. Students who may struggle with core subjects can find success in the music room which can in turn motivate their performance in other subjects. I can see the impact that music education has had on my students and I know that without ETM they would not have those experiences.

sherry.a.ellis

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music truly makes a positive difference in the lives of so many children. Music education has been shown to improve language skills, problem solving abilities, critical thinking, and behavior. As a music teacher for over twenty years, I have witnessed first hand the difference music education makes. ETM works tirelessly to keep music education in schools so that our children can have a brighter future.