Education Through Music, Inc.

Rating: 4.8 stars   87 reviews


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  

I have supported ETM and its mission for many years. It is wonderful to see how the organization has grown and continues to bring quality music education to many NYC schools.
Best of all is visiting a school and see and hear the excitement children show in their music classes. That spirit permeates the whole school environment.
I look forward to my next visit!

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I am passionate about keeping music and the arts in our schools. The positive effects of bringing music to our children and exposing them to the enjoyment of learning how to play and being part of a band are life-long learning experiences. The staff of ETM do an excellent job of providing that experience. They involve the schools and the children by getting their commitment to the music program. You can see the effects by the comments from the parents on the changes in their children which goes beyond the music itself. It gives the students confidence and helps them in their other studies. I am proud to support ETM.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Last year, I saw a performance of students at a school in the Bronx. They performed for Joshua Bell. It was an experience I will never forget watching those students play their hearts out for Mr. Bell. They played beautifully and it brought tears to my eyes. No where else would these children had the opportunity to learn and play. I'm sure it's a memory they will never, never forget. I know I won't.

I continue to support this organization and am glad that there are people and organizations who understand the importance of the arts in children's lives and bring opportunities to experience music to schools where music, dance and art programs are cut from the curriculum.

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

Last year, I saw a first-time performance of students at a school in the Bronx. They performed for the violinist, Joshua Bell. He was so warm and gracious. He answered questions and spoke to them about the importance of music and the arts in their lives and encouraged them to continue their music education. It warmed my heart to see these children who were in awe of Mr. Bell and how they played so beautifully for him. This was an opportunity I know they never would have in the regular NYC system.

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

give them more support and promote their exceptional work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a great pleasure to make gifts to this organization for many years. Board members and staff are so devoted to their mission, and their passion is contagious. Knowing the wonderful impact they have on the children in their programs is so heartwarming.

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