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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: Findings indicate that students in schools that receive ETM perform better academically than students in schools with similar demographics that do not receive ETM. Students’ participation in ETM music class and school concerts contributes to creativity as well as to social and emotional capacities. The program encourages motivation for school in general. • ETM supports students’ social and emotional development. • ETM positively impacts students’ academic achievement: 84% of ETM students reported that music class improved their focus; 76% of middle school students said that music class increased their desire to go to school; upwards of 96% of classroom teachers believed ETM has enhanced students’ math, literacy, and critical thinking skills. • The ETM program promotes stronger relationships between schools and parents and supported community engagement; 64% of ETM parents reported that they have been more involved in the school community since their children started ETM. • Partner school leadership highly rated the overall program: 97% of principals and 98% of classroom teachers evaluated the ETM program positively. Additional information is available at ETMonline.org/impact.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 36,000 kids

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: ETM's partner school program provides tens of thousands of students in under-resourced NYC schools with access to music education as a core subject. By providing quality music education to students and building support within school communities, ETM: provide students with musical skills and knowledge; supports growth in students' self-confidence and self-esteem; supports community involvement; and increases the capacity of partner schools to sustain music programs on their own.

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Alice H.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!