Education Through Music, Inc.

Rating: 4.77 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 122 East 42nd St., Ste 1501 New York NY 10168 USA

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: Over the 2012-2013 school year, the evaluation data collected suggest that the ETM program model is being effectively implemented. ETM instruction is associated with increased student learning in music and academics, improved general development of students, and the program builds support of music education within its partnership schools and communities. To measure ETM’s effectiveness, surveys were conducted with students, teachers, principals and parents. Students’ assessment scores in music and academics were also obtained. Summary of findings *ETM students show greater academic achievement than their peers in non-ETM schools. The ETM program supports learning in the academic areas of Math and English Language Arts (ELA). Comparative data from the New York State (NYS) Assessment suggests that students within ETM schools have greater academic achievement than those in NYC public schools that have similar demographic populations. Furthermore, ETM students’ academic achievement is positively correlated to their musical achievement, based on performance measures from the NYS Assessments and the ETM Music Assessment. *ETM has a positive impact on students’ general development. The ETM program is important to students’ development in a variety of social and emotional measures, as indicated by survey responses from students, classroom teachers and parents. Most notably, respondents reported that the program helped students within the areas of self-esteem, creativity, and positive attitude. *ETM’s partnership school communities highly regard the music program. The overall program is perceived as a necessary and positive school presence, as indicated by survey responses from classroom teachers, principals, and parents. In particular, classroom teachers regard the program’s music instruction as beneficial to their students’ learning in all areas. See a full report at: http://issuu.com/tlemberger/docs/etm_2012-13_final_report-web
Target demographics: low-income children in grades Pre-K through 8th grade
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 kids
Geographic areas served: New York City
Programs: In 2014-15, ETM's partner school program will provide music education to 20,000 economically disadvantaged students in 37 schools in NYC 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 20,000 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Education Through Music provides children in New York City with an opportunity to have music as an educational opportunity in their school. When funding risks being cut ETM steps in to provide crucial assistance in providing music education. Music education helps children in all aspects of learning. Math and reading levels are greatly enhanced by music education. Often times children in difficult life situations are not motivated to attend school, the programs provided by ETM are the highlights to these students days and serve the community in a plethora of positive ways.

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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.

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

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

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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.


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seeing this program improve my students' enthusium for learning.

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

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This winter the opportunity arose to visit Education Through Music's beautiful suite of offices in midtown Manhattan, directly above Grand Central Station. If only New York City's school children could learn in an environment as lovely as the one occupied by yet another "non-profit."

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Education Through Music "provides" music teachers at a school my child attends in the Bronx. At first, I thought it would be a wonderful program and was excited about opportunities afforded to my child. However, as more details about their teachers and monetary arrangements emerged, I became disillusioned. Education Through Music hires unqualified "teachers." Most are post graduates with a degree in music performance and absolutely no experience in teaching. Education Through Music, on average, fires/loses approximately 75% of their teaching staff every year, which is not the consistency we need when dealing with children. As well, although they claim to be a non-profit who PROVIDES for underprivileged schools, the public school my child attends paid $18,000 to Education Through Music this year to receive the services of teacher that came twice a week. 40 weeks, 2 times per week = 80 days. Divide that by $18,000 and that comes to $225 per day that a DISADVANTAGED PUBLIC SCHOOL is paying ETM for their services. This is not non-profit. It is robbery.

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nyc public school

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investigate them for fraud

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etmonline (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

I’m sorry you have not been pleased with the quality of the program at your child’s school. Each of our partner schools does pay for a portion of the program, and ETM raises money to fund the rest. Some schools pay a significant portion, and that is in fact part of our long-term goal for schools to run their own music education programs. We believe music education should be part of every school’s budget, so we work with principals to help them build costs into their budgets over time. We negotiate fees each year with each principal, and we ask schools to increase their financial commitment as time goes on. Many of our partner schools have in fact hired certified music teachers to their own staff after beginning to partner with ETM, and we are excited when this happens, as it makes music a more permanent part of the school. We have been strengthening our efforts to hire more teachers with education backgrounds. The only way we will be able to help each school move down a path of hiring teachers is if we can provide them with strong candidates, and that is something we are working on. As of the fall of 2010, over half of our music teachers have a degree in music education and/or are certified music teachers, and still more are pursuing certification or additional degrees. Our audited financial statements and annual filings with the IRS are publicly available. Please contact me if you would like additional information about the budget for the program at your school. Katherine Damkohler Executive Director Education Through Music, Inc. 212-972-4788 kdamkohler@ETMonline.org