Education Through Music, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   85 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Education


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


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.


The 2013-14 Program Evaluation confirms that ETM’s model is being effectively implemented, with ETM instruction associated with increased student learning in music and academics, as well as improved youth development among students. ETM’s programs build support for music education within partnership schools and communities. Additional results include: • ETM has a positive impact on students' self-esteem and creativity; 87% of students felt that going to music class helped them to “feel better about myself” and “feel better about my future,” and 90% of students felt that music class helped them develop “improved artistic/creative skills.” • Approximately 94% of partner school classroom teachers believe that music education positively impacts students’ critical thinking skills, and 95% believe it positively impacts students’ overall academic skills. • ETM students’ knowledge of music is positively correlated to their knowledge of Math and English Language Arts. • Students in ETM partner schools achieved significantly higher proficiency rating averages on the New York State Math and English Language Arts assessments compared to peer schools (schools serving similar demographic populations). Full reports are available at

Target demographics:

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

Direct beneficiaries per year:

25,000 kids

Geographic areas served:

New York City


In 2015-16, ETM's partner school program will provide music education to close to 27,000 economically disadvantaged students in 48 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 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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Education Through Music is a unique program that has achieved tremendous results serving children in disadvantaged schools for whom arts education would otherwise not be a reality. In its 20th year of operation, ETM serves 13,000 children in New York City in 23 schools.

ETM stresses consistent, comprehensive, sequential music instruction and partners with inner-schools to ensure that each and every student in the school benefits from the program. ETM integrates its program with the school's academic curriculum and thereby improves students' academic outcomes and enhances overall development.

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

We have seen measurable results on students' academic performance and preparedness through a quantitative long-term study undertaken by outside evaluation experts. In visits to ETM partner schools, I have personally seen extraordinary levels of student engagement and excitement, and have seen how ETM's involvement has improved the climate and cohesion inside the school.

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

ETM has worked closely with individual schools and clusters of schools in NYC and now in Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area. Unlike programs with major arts institution sponsorship, it is still less visible in the educational and arts communities than its track record and results would justify. I would like to see ETM's profile raised.

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