Education Through Music, Inc.

Education Through Music (ETM) was formed in 1991 with a mission to promote the use of music in inner-city schools and schools in disadvantaged areas, as a means of enhancing students' academic performance and general development. At ETM, we believe every child deserves a well-rounded education: one that includes music both as a subject in its own right and as a means of supporting learning in other areas. ETM makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts, uses music instruction to strengthen students' ability to learn in all areas, and works to build schools' capacity to sustain programs.
Oct 14, 2016

A New Beginning at P.S. 51

P.S. 51 in the Bronx
P.S. 51 in the Bronx

Happy fall from ETM!

Last month, a brand new, exciting school year kicked off for ETM’s new and returning partner school students. Because of your continued support of music education, this year nearly 27,000 students will learn music as a core subject, developing the core skills needed for success in life, such as critical thinking abilities and emotional intelligence. Your contributions are helping ETM build thriving music programs in low-income communities across New York City at schools that would otherwise lack access to quality music education.

One of the new partnerships you helped us launch is with P.S. 51 in the Bronx. The school is located in the south Bronx neighborhood of Belmont and serves roughly 220 students in grades K–5—98% are students are of color, approximately 87% qualify for Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch, 6% are English Language Learners, and 16% have special needs.

P.S. 51’s principal, Dr. Min Hong, began partnering with ETM after she learned about ETM’s programs from an existing partner school principal. “When this principal shared stories about the program and its impact on her school,” Dr. Hong explained, “I immediately sensed a connection to ETM’s program. I realized that ETM is naturally aligned with the academic, social, and emotional mission and beliefs of my school. I partner with ETM because of their dedication to urban education, quality instruction, and belief that all children deserve to succeed.  Why wouldn't any principal want all this for their students?  It is one of the best gifts I can offer to my students.”

Dr. Hong has been impressed by the way the music program is already impacting her school. “Now there is a sense of deep appreciation for music in the school. The structure for music lessons is always aligned to the standards.  Music classes are promoting a high level of student engagement and interest.”  She marveled about the music classroom, “The room is draped with wonderful musical posters, signs, instruments, and materials that are age appropriate and meaningful.

Dr. Hong revealed the impact the program has had on her, too. “The most fulfilling part of being a part of ETM is that I have found colleagues, such as other ETM principals, who are my thought partners in this important journey of educating the children of New York City.” Feeling supported and connected to other school leaders will help Dr. Hong develop confidence in the music program and drive it towards success. She shared, “Thank you ETM for this opportunity to learn alongside you, and thank you for joining our P.S. 51 family.

Your commitment to ETM’s mission plays a crucial role in making partnerships like this a reality. Because of you, the students at P.S. 51 in the Bronx and our other partner schools have a wonderful year in store, one where they will receive music education and experience beautiful transformations into better learners, motivated students, and confident children. We are truly grateful for your incredible generosity. Help promote music education in inner-city schools by sharing this report with your friends and family. Let them know the impact their donation can have! 

Band students celebrate after their concert!
Band students celebrate after their concert!
Flute players play with passion!
Flute players play with passion!
A guitarist concentrates on his music-making!
A guitarist concentrates on his music-making!
A band student smiles after a performance!
A band student smiles after a performance!

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Aug 16, 2016

Connecting Through Music

Choir students sing with joy!
Choir students sing with joy!

Happy Summer from ETM!

We hope you’re enjoying these wonderful last days of summer! Although the school year may be over, the impact of your support on our partner school students is still going strong. During the 2015-16 school year, your generosity transformed the lives of nearly 27,000 children through quality music instruction that improved academic performance and cultivated emotional intelligence. And today, that dramatic growth is continuing to benefit our students beyond the classroom.      

This is especially true for our first-year partner school students—many of whom had never before had music as a consistent part of their school routine. Students like Jayden, a fourth grader at P.S. 75 in Brooklyn—a first-year partner school this past year. Because of music, Jayden is gaining a better sense of himself and the world.

Jayden suffers from a psychological condition that hinders his ability to socialize with others, which complicates his school life and alienates him from his peers. A learning disability made classwork also a challenge for Jayden. Often, he seemed adrift in school. He was frequently absent and only engaged with his classmates through outbursts and disruptions.

This year, his school’s new music program helped Jayden turn over a new leaf. He joined the chorus and became a thriving member of the group. His attendance improved. In music class, Jayden gradually started to listen to his peers and acknowledge when they spoke to him. He grew confident in social interactions and began to trust the people around him. As the year went on, his involvement in the music program deepened and his behavior in music class continued to improve. Jayden became an example his classmates could follow.

One day, his music teacher asked for volunteers to demonstrate a body percussion lesson in front of the class. Jayden volunteered and bravely and beautifully illustrated the lesson for his teacher and classmates. Afterward, he raised his hand and said, "I don't like to perform in front of everyone because it makes me shy and nervous, but I love music, so I wanted to try. When I was doing it, I got nervous but I looked up and saw everyone looking at me and no one was laughing or being mean and I felt really happy. I can't wait until we can all do this together in the concert." This was such a pivotal moment for Jayden—one that illustrated all the growth he had been making over the year. The emotional intelligence and stronger sense of self Jayden developed are the same skills that will steer him toward a brighter and more successful future. Music is grounding Jayden, giving him a motivation to come to school and connect with people and world around him.

Thank you for helping to provide deserving children with the opportunity to reach their potential. Your investment is building brighter tomorrows for inner-city students across New York City just like Jayden, whose passion for music is steering him toward a positive direction in his life. Share this report with your friends and family and show them the life-changing impact they can have on children by supporting their music education!

Drummers keep a steady beat!
Drummers keep a steady beat!
Orchestra students play with dedication!
Orchestra students play with dedication!
Trumpet players concentrate on their music-making!
Trumpet players concentrate on their music-making!

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Jul 19, 2016

Music Gave Us Hope

Edna and Mitchelle shared their story at our Gala.
Edna and Mitchelle shared their story at our Gala.

Happy Summer from ETM! Last month, another exciting, fun-filled school year came to a close. Because of your generosity, nearly 27,000 children in New York City spent the year immersed in weekly in-school music classes. Learning musical skills and knowledge throughout the year helped improve their concentration, focus, and critical thinking abilities. And it didn’t end there—they also developed a stronger sense of self and increased self-esteem. For many of our students, music was a benefit beyond the classroom; it made a positive impact that rippled throughout the rest of their lives. For two partner school students—sisters Edna and Mitchelle, this is especially true. At a time when their family was experiencing hardship, Edna and Mitchelle joined the orchestra at their school and began to overcome the challenges they were facing.

Mitchelle shared, “When my sister and I first joined orchestra in elementary school, we had to carry our instruments on trains and buses from our temporary residence in Manhattan as early as 4 a.m. in order to be in the Bronx for our 6 a.m. orchestra rehearsal. Most nights we only slept for three hours. But being in orchestra gave us hope in the present and hope for the future. I couldn’t wait to start practicing because music took me to another dimension. All of my troubles and worries seemed to melt away. It seems like just yesterday when [my music teacher] taught me how to play “Amazing Grace” on my violin. I went home very excited and immediately played it for my mom. When I finished, I noticed tears in her eyes. I said, ‘I know I’m bad, but you don’t have to cry about it!’ To which she replied, ‘These are tears of joy.’”

Edna explained, “Music has given our family a new take on life. We felt very privileged to be a part of the orchestra.  It was a blessing to our family at a time when our family fell apart. Learning new songs with my sister and playing for the pleasure of our mother bonded us. Our mother was thrilled that we became so passionate about music. She became so engrossed in our practicing that despite her desperate need for sleep before her night shift, she would stay awake watching us.” Mitchelle said simply, “Education Through Music has provided a meaningful education to us and our family.”

Stories like these reinforce our presence in schools and how profoundly music can touch a child’s life. When Edna and Mitchelle and their family needed hope, music gave it to them. And they are not alone. Thousands of economically disadvantaged students now have a more promising future on their horizon because supporters like you are committed to bringing them quality music instruction. We thank you for believing in our students and in the power of music education. Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with a family member or a friend. Let them know how far their generosity can go, too!

A flutist concentrates on her music-making!
A flutist concentrates on her music-making!
Band students play with passion!
Band students play with passion!
Percussionists keep the beat!
Percussionists keep the beat!

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