Education through Music is truly an exemplary organization for non-profit music education programs. Their leadership is strong and dedicated, their model has proven positive outcomes time and time again, and their program effects the lives of tens of thousands of children in the NY area and beyond. As an employee of a grant-making organization and long-time supporter of ETM, we receive hundreds of requests for support each year. When we inevitably have to reject organizations that don't align with our mission and funding priorities, occasionally they will ask for examples of programs that we do support. ETM always comes to mind first, and I always find myself singing the organization's praises. We believe so strongly in what ETM is doing and are proud to have a hand in helping them make a different in children's lives through music.
Last year, I had the pleasure and the privilege to work with ETM as they were deciding to expand. Our team got to know the management team, the staff, and the teachers. And we had the opportunity to see ETM in action. The smiles on the kids faces as they were heading to music class brought back fond memories of my childhood. I was fortunate to have attend a school with music classes, and that I learned how to play an instrument at a young age. I was in the choir, in a band, and at one point in a jazz band. For tens of thousands of kids in New York, ETM brings the same joy and the same purpose.
Education through Music is an important partnership to PS 91. They provide quality music teachers with professional development and work closely with school administrators to ensure that all students receive a well-rounded education where music is at the forefront.
Students have opportunities to be a part of an orchestra and/or select choir where they are able to perform at school events and at outside venues.
We cherish and value this partnership.
ETM is an organization that sees an issue in NYC schools-- and unlike other nonprofits that come in and proscribe their own solution -- ETM works with the community to learn about the best ways to fix the issue in a way that's sustainable. I am a former ETM employee, and I can attest to their demonstrated commitment to listening to their stakeholders to fix the inequality in NYC schools. During my time at ETM I was fortunate to visit dozens of ETM partner schools and witness first-hand the impact the programming has not only on students and teachers, but the community as a whole. I continue to support ETM because I believe in their mission and know every ounce of support they get is used to further this worthy cause.
Education Through Music (ETM) is a remarkable non-profit organization that strives serve teachers, communities, and students in under-resourced schools. Through professional development, mentorship, an abundance of resources, ETM is constantly bettering music teachers and their craft and making a direct impact on children's lives each and every day. In many cases, ETM has helped launch performing ensembles (band, orchestra, choir) in schools and encourage these ensembles to perform in an annual festival in the Bronx. For many student performers, this is the culmination of a long and arduous year in which they grow physically, musically, and emotionally.
Education Through Music is an amazing nonprofit company that is making a difference in New York City's public education system. I have seen first-hand the impact that ETM has left in schools across the five boroughs, and specifically the positive impact it has left in the Bronx. Before ETM began to spread across the Bronx, quality music education was hard to come by. The level of support I received from ETM led me to be a successful music teacher. They train their teachers with high quality professional development to ensure the teachers are learning at the same time they are teaching. I hope the ETM model spreads across the country and to other parts of the world as they are truly making a difference.
I have facilitated numerous professional development days for ETM and have been consistently impressed with the organization of the event and the enthusiasm of the teachers. I find I prioritize the scheduling of ETM over other organizations because I know the event will be a pleasant one. The teachers are interested in learning and sincerely want to be the best teachers possible.
I serve on the group's Development Board, and have had a chance to observe both their educational work and governance. ETM exemplifies a sustainable model for working with schools, students and teachers - a 360 approach - to have a real impact on the community. I highly recommend seeking out any opportunity to support, work with and get involved with the organization.
ETM is a wonderful org inside and out. I've had the pleasure of volunteering with them over the course of several classes/concerts and the excitement from both administrators and students alike is always infectious. I anticipate they'll be making a big difference for years to come.
Education Through Music is an incredible organization that inspires so many young children and adults. Many individuals don't realize the impact that music education has on a child, but after experiencing an end of year concert I had the ability to witness the importance. The children were extremely engaged with their music teachers and had a high quality performance. They were excited to be a part of a music class, they were proud of their accomplishments, and every student in the auditorium had a smile on their face. It was clear after experiencing the concert that music brings out the best in children and nobody should miss that opportunity based on the school they go to!
ETM has been on an amazing journey over the past several years and seems very well positioned to have even more impact in the years ahead. The ETM in-school program is incredibly strong and has a real impact on the lives of children and families and their engagement with schools. The Board and staff are thoughtful about building a successful, sustainable, and scalable organization. The deepening of the organization and their study of how to make their own work better promises amazing things ahead.
I am proud to have served ETM in the programs department for the past two years. In my position, I worked closely with office staff, teachers, administrators, parents and students in ETM partner schools. This unique role gave me valuable insight into many aspects of how ETM works “in the field.” There is an amazing in-house team of experienced music educators who support and supervise partner school teachers in navigating the NYC school system, curriculum, and best practice in the classroom.
The fact that so many NYC students do not have access to music education proves the ongoing need for ETM. During my tenure, the organization underwent a period of growth and structural changes. The mission, however, remained constant: empowerment of all students through quality music education!
ETM makes an invaluable contribution to the lives of tens of thousands of school children by providing them with a top-notch music education that would otherwise be out of reach.
As a professional musician and educator I have visited several of ETM's partner schools with my ensemble, the Israeli Chamber Project, and seen first hand the impact their work has on these students' lives.
This work goes a long way to strengthen the communities in which ETM operates and should be supported generously.
I have had the rare opportunity through my employer to learn about ETM and their program from the inside-out, working on a consulting project to assist the organization with complex and high level strategic initiatives. The organization does amazing work and they have an unbelievably impressive team with highly driven individuals running the organization as well as teachers and mentors with unparalleled skills and passion for ensuring that every child has access to music education. I cannot say enough great things about this organization.
As a former employee for ETM, I witnessed this organization's work first-hand for nearly three years.
ETM stands out from other organizations in the arts education community because of its deep commitment to education. I was always deeply impressed by how their model succeeds in helping students improve in all academic areas. The organization is run by a mission-driven and passionate staff who go above and beyond in providing students with music instruction and ultimately aim to prepare students to succeed in all aspects of life—not just in school.
ETM is an exceptional organization with an outstanding model because they help students develop transferable skills, teaching students how to sharpen their academic, social, and emotional abilities. They also serve every student at a partner school—even those with special needs and English Language Learners. They believe in equity, meaning all students receive quality music education, which is truly remarkable. The organization also thoughtfully evaluates their work, seeking for ways to refine and improve it constantly through rigorous in-house evaluation. This is something I had not seen at comparable nonprofits.
During my time at ETM, I always admired how invested they were to serving high-need areas in New York City, providing students in low-income and historically economically disadvantaged communities with the incredible opportunity to study the arts in ways that served them holistically. Many of their students at first-year partner schools have never taken a music class. And when ETM enters a community, often times there is a dramatic transformation in the school community, including increase in students' attendance levels and a deeper engagement from parents and community members. I've seen it with my own eyes, and it's wonderful.
Ultimately, ETM's work is very valuable and highly necessary in this world. Luckily, ETM is very committed to growing, through careful consideration, so it will be wonderful to see how they evolve and expand in the future!
As a former employee with ETM, I had the pleasure of witnessing the tremendous work they do for NYC schoolteachers and students on a regular basis. The most compelling part of ETM, for me, and something that makes the organization stand out in the arts ed community, is their emphasis on professional development. ETM invests a considerable amount of time finding high-quality music teachers to place in partner schools. But the relationship doesn't end there. ETM holds a week-long training institute over the summer to help ease the transition of these teachers and prepare them for their work in the field. They also hold countless professional development sessions throughout the year. Each teacher has an experienced mentor guiding them along the way, and the ETM offices have an entire resource room that the teachers have access to.
So much of what makes ETM such a fantastic organization is their commitment to their stakeholders. ETM forges strong relationships with principals to ensure that each partnership is tailored to the needs of the school. ETM really is a gem in the arts education community. It was a privilege working for them, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with ETM in the future as a donor.
First off, I would like to say that I love the mission of Education Through Music. As a kid growing up in NYC who attended public school I know the impact that the arts in general has on students. I always looked forward to music and art class every week because I didn't feel performance pressure. I could express myself in a way that I couldn't in other subjects. I know the kids at the various schools I visited must feel similarly and I am happy that I was able to connect with them on my visits.
ETM staff are amazingly friendly, supportive, and really make you feel like your apart of the family. Although, I was part-time and worked in the field most of the time, every time I walked in the office I was greeted as if I had been a regular office staff member. Although I am sad that I will not be returning to ETM, I do cherish the time I spent working with the Evaluation team and I wish them plenty of success with their future findings. I definitely plan on keeping in touch because I would love to see the final findings of this study.
I had the opportunity to work with the outstanding staff and leadership of Education Through Music. I was quickly impressed with the integrity, commitment and dedication of this group. Their work provides the instruments, instruction, and inspiration students need to develop a love for music. When you think about their impact, it's substantial. They help more than 30,000 students every school year to find their creative voice through music.
This is a team of highly dedicated teachers and administrators committed to enriching the lives of students and investing in their staff. I have worked with the leadership of Education Trough Music and what really impresses me is their investment in their staff. They work to ensure that every teacher and staff member is trained, prepared, and given the tools to succeed.
Education Through Music is an outstanding organization with incredible leadership and dedicated teachers.
I have been a witness to the great work that Education Through Music (ETM) does for the past year. Not only do they advocate music education for every child, but they have a unique program that actually works toward their mission. ETM hires, develops and mentors the teachers they place in their partner schools so that each school and teacher have the best chance for increased learning outcomes. I have not found another music education charity that serves schools and students like ETM. Their attention to detail and dedicated leadership makes ETM my music education charity of choice.
Education Through Music has made a large impact on schools throughout New York City. It continues to reach out to schools and make a difference not only in music but in the community at large. ETM is not about creating the next famous musician, although it could happen, but rather giving every child the opportunity to have music and be a well rounded student. As ETM continues to grow, I hope more and more schools take advantage of such an amazing program where students are the priority.
I submitted a donation from an organization and ETM made it super easy. Even when the tax receipt did not reach me (postal service error), ETM was great to work with, everyone I interacted with was very polite, and the issue was quickly resolved. Great organization with a great purpose!
I was a teaching artist for ETM my first year in NYC. I taught and ran the orchestra at PS 182 in the Bronx. I learned so much from teaching through this organization. I grew as a teacher, an artist, and human being. The professional development and the skills I obtained through ETM quickly translated to other areas of my professional and personal life. My colleague, Mr. Solano, who is now a mentor for the organization, was and still is one of my greatest influences and mentors. What I truly value the most from my experience with ETM was the relationships and impacts I was able to forge and nurture with every single one of my students. In fact, my time at ETM in conjunction with all the positive change I was able to experience, further inspired me to pursue a career in social work. I will be starting next fall, and hope to promote education, social justice, and positive change in the lives of children, just as ETM has continuously done!
I have had friends who have gotten certified through other fellowship programs. NONE of them have received the support that I did while working at ETM. I was able to get a job right away, full-time in a school while I finished my master's degree and certification. They helped me with everything from how to manage classroom behavior, to repertoire suggestions for different grades.
Most helpful are the benchmarks and the lesson planning tips. I cannot say enough about ETM. I was recently hired as a DOE teacher in the school they placed me and it all because of their help. I felt more prepared my first year of teaching than some of my colleagues after 2-3 years.
I have been a proud member of Education Through Music's Board of Directors for the past three years. I have never met a more dedicated community of individuals than the teachers, administrators, directors and supporters of ETM. The most amazing aspect of ETM has been the opportunity to meet the students we support and see our contributions in action - to see these kids smile and grow, find hope and carry that feeling back into their communities.
ETM's mission and vision are both so very different from other music-based charitable organizations. This isn't about an after school band program or simply donating instruments. ETM is about bringing high-quality music education to EVERY child within a school. These kids don't just need music education - they deserve it. ETM's music programs offer students sustainable support that improves school attendance and performance, which ultimately, sets them up for future success.
As a father myself, nothing is more clear that the fact that all kids deserve to live happy, fulfilling lives. Ultimately, ETM's goal is to help make that happen for as many kids as possible. It has been an honor to watch ETM grow over the years and to be a small part of that success - to impact and be impacted by such a diverse, strong community.
With the amazing efforts from a broad spectrum of supporters, we are growing every day. However, there is always more work to be done and more kids to connect with and empower. To see how ETM has grown, even in just the short time I have been a board member, motivates me to do everything I possibly can to put ETM's mission into action and produce results. Knowing that ETM's administrative staff, the teachers, the board and our supports will continue to work tirelessly to expand the reach of ETM, and strive to uplift these children through music education, is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given.
I have proudly served on the board of Education Through Music for nearly five years and have enjoyed every minute of it! Its cause is one I deeply believe in, and I truly feel that ETM is one of the best champions for students in music education in underfunded public schools. It's been amazing to see ETM grow, both in reach and depth, during my time on the board. At the same time, ETM, never resting on its laurels, is continually exploring ways to grow and serve even more children and communities, through well-designed goals and prudent growth initiatives. It's been an honor to work with ETM and I look forward to my continued service!
As a new, small school with limited resources, we wanted to ensure that we were providing our students with a well rounded education which included arts education. To fulfill our expectations we partnered with Education Through Music (ETM). ETM provides our school and students with a certified Music Teacher who teaches general music instruction. The music instruction that our students receive prepares them to play an instrument in the upper grades, middle school, high school, and beyond. Each year through the direction of ETM, our students perform in a Winter & Spring Concert. Our staff receives professional development and we also have fall and spring Music Workshops for students and parents. We are also invited each year to attend ETM’s Music Festival where various student orchestras and concert bands from across the city perform. All these great things are possible because of our wonderful partnership with ETM! ETM had not only met our expectations, but they have exceeded them.
The Matilda Avenue School
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.
I worked with the senior leadership team of this excellent organization to help gain clarity and consistency around supervision and leadership practices. The commitment of these professionals, as well as their thoughtful approach to continue developing the organization and each other, is inspiring. If this is how hard they work together, one can only imagine the impact their work has on the lives of students and the ways in which they will continue to motivate youth to hear the music and make the music.
ETM is a great organization! They run a tight ship and make every decision with one clear goal in mind: to ensure that all students they serve have access to high quality music education that fosters academic and personal growth. As a former employee, I saw evidence of this every day I came to work!
As a former employee of ETM, I can say the music education that the students receive is superior. The way the music program brings the schools and communities together is inspiring. The teachers and well designed program set students up for success both in music and in their other subjects. I am very proud to have been a part of ETM's work.
I am a principal who has partnered with ETM for three years and I plan to continue our partnership for many years to come. ETM provides our school with an excellent music teacher and a complete program of music curriculum, professional development, family workshops and two choral concerts each year. Our students benefit greatly from a rich program in music. Not only is music education valuable in itself, it also promotes higher-order thinking, discipline, and creativity that transfers to other subjects. It has been a pleasure to work with ETM administration and staff. This is a well-run organization that provides a high level of service.
As a former ETM employee I can honestly say that there is no other organization capable of doing what Education Through Music does. This organization is filled with wonderful people whose mission is to change the lives of students all over New York City. Through providing abundant support to its teachers, ETM is able to ensure that every child within its' classroom is learning, growing and using music as a tool to expand their thinking. Thanks to ETM, the other music teacher in my school and I have been hired by the Department of Education (DOE) ensuring that students within my school will always have a solid music program to look forward to.
My prinipal has told me multiple times that music and changed the entire school culture. Attendance is up and tardiness is down. Students just can't wait for music class to begin. I am so thankful for ETM for teaching me how to make music accessible and enjoyable for all of my students. Even though I am working with the DOE, I still have access to ETM's expansive curriculum lab, their repertoire library, various materials and of course, an amazing mentor who can provide actionable feedback whenever I need it. I am so fortunate to have their support as I continue to grow as a professional.
Every time Education Through Music partners with a school, they bring about change to the lives of the students within that school. Should ETM continue to grow and flourish, every child in NYC will be receiving a quality music education!
One of the goals of Education Through Music, Inc. is to provide long term sustainable music programs in New York City schools. As a first year teacher I had the honor to become a part of that goal when ETM offered me a position to teach at one of their partner schools. I discovered that ETM offers mentors, professional development, instruments and all of resources needed to be successful in the classroom. The resources and support that ETM offers is invaluable to the students they serve. For some students, Music education is the biggest motivator to attend school. For others, the music class is a place where they feel safe to express themselves and let their confidence flourish. This year I was hired by the school that I started with and am proud to be an ETM partner teacher . I am eternally grateful to Education Through Music for this amazing opportunity to change my students lives through music education.
As a former ETM employee, I saw first-hand the extraordinary impact that music education can have on children's lives. ETM's programs are run by an incredibly committed team, and the entire staff of the organization is mission-driven and passionate about the work they do. ETM stands out from other arts education organizations because of its focus on well-rounded education and because of its investment in rigorous program evaluation.
During my time at ETM, I was impressed by the organization's deliberate approach to growth. ETM's is a very fiscally responsible organization, and board and staff leaders plan carefully for any amount of expansion. I am excited to see how ETM grows and evolves in the coming years, and I have no doubt that they will keep up the amazing work!
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.