Oct 4, 2017

Preparing Teachers for Classroom Success

Music teachers pose at ETM Academy!
Music teachers pose at ETM Academy!

Happy fall from ETM!

The new 2017-18 school year is off to a terrific start! Because of your generous support, ETM’s partner school program is serving a record 30,000 students at 57 schools in all five boroughs of New York City. These deserving children are receiving quality music instruction that develops cognitive and emotional intelligence that increases their chances for success in life. Many of our students are receiving exposure to music for the first time! Across New York City, ETM music teachers are dedicated to working with our students. To prepare teachers for classroom success, music teacher training is embedded in the heart of ETM's model. In August, music teachers attended the annual ETM Academy, a robust two-week training period aimed at strengthening our teachers’ abilities to educate and provide our students with in-depth music skills and knowledge.

The training was designed to introduce ETM’s model and curriculum philosophy and address teachers' need in the classroom, including teaching in an urban environment and incorporating music technology into instruction. Guest facilitators were brought in to deepen workshop content. These experts in the music education field and authorities on specialized topics led sessions covering topics such as music and movement in the classroom.

After ETM Academy one music teacher shared, “This is one of the best sessions I've been a part of in a long while. The facilitators were so great and fun! I learned a lot and look forward to the rest of training.” Feedback like this reinforces the importance of making sure our teachers are best prepared to offer our students the tools to use music as a core subject as a means to improve academic achievement and social and emotional abilities.

Music teacher training is a cornerstone of ETM’s model, and your support ensures our partner school students are being taught by the highest quality music teachers—educators who have access to an abundance of resources and support. While all sessions during ETM Academy were intended to benefit our teachers, the ultimate beneficiaries are the 30,000 children who will receive quality music instruction during the 2017-18 school year. Thank you for supporting our model and for providing our students with a means to gain a brighter future! Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with a family member or a friend; let them how far their support can go, too.

Music teachers are trained on movement!
Music teachers are trained on movement!
Music teachers celebrate after a session!
Music teachers celebrate after a session!

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Aug 2, 2017

Music Helped Me Find My Passion

A flute player poses proudly! Credit: Simon Leung
A flute player poses proudly! Credit: Simon Leung

Happy summer from ETM!

The school year may have ended for our nearly 27,000 partner school students, but the impact of your support is still resonating in our students’ lives. One child who benefited from your generosity is Andy, who just completed the sixth grade at a first-year partner middle school in the Bronx.

Andy has a disorder that makes interacting with others and building connections difficult for him. He is part of a self-contained special needs class. When the ETM program started at his school and Andy began having access to weekly music classes for the first time, he was instantly drawn in. His ETM music teacher shared, “Andy has always arrived to music class expressing an enthusiasm that he did not express anywhere else.” Yet, Andy struggled during lessons and would get upset at himself when he thought he was taking too long to develop his music skills.

His music teacher would listen to Andy’s frustrations and offer him kind and warm words of advice, reminding Andy that his ability to improve was all within him. “I kept encouraging him, because I knew he could improve, and I knew it would mean a lot to him. With that much passion and a desire to get it right, it was only a matter of time.”

Soon Andy began gaining proficiency in his music skills. He could play the proper strokes on a drum set and perform rhythms accurately. Andy was overjoyed that he was thriving at his favorite discipline.

During a hip hop unit, his music teacher played a classic called “The Message,” and Andy fell in love with the song. He could not stop smiling as this piece of music entered his life. At the start of each class, he told his teacher that he had been listening to “The Message” every day.  He memorized the song’s lyrics and expressed a sense of passion he had never before. His teacher shared, “I know Andy will have a close relationship with music for a long time.”

Because of your support, music is inspiring children like Andy to make self-discoveries and develop emotional intelligence. Through music, thousands of deserving children throughout all five boroughs in New York City have been set on a path towards brighter, more successful futures. Thank you for believing in our students! Share this report with a friend or colleague who can help us continue to make an impact in the lives of young children.

An orchestra performs! Credit: Daniel Pagan
An orchestra performs! Credit: Daniel Pagan
Choir students sing with soul! Credit: Simon Leung
Choir students sing with soul! Credit: Simon Leung

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Jul 7, 2017

Finding Friendship and Staying Out of Trouble

Choir students celebrate! Credit: Daniel Pagan
Choir students celebrate! Credit: Daniel Pagan

Happy Summer from ETM!

School just finished for our nearly 27,000 partner school students, who spent the past year learning music skills and cultivating cognitive and emotional intelligence.

For Malik, a fifth-grader at a partner school in the Bronx, music made all the difference this year. He used to struggle with controlling his anger and resorted to physical altercations. Early in the fall, Malik joined the band and began befriending his fellow bandmate Jamal.

Soon Malik and Jamal were inseparable, bonding over their passion for band and common interest in music. When Malik felt he was being bullied by a few classmates, rather than acting out, Malik went to Jamal and asked him for advice on what he should do. Jamal told Malik he should reach out to his teachers for help, and this led to Malik making a turnaround in his attitude. He began treating his peers and teachers with respect, and even took on a leadership role during band rehearsals.

Later in the year, Malik was concerned about being bullied on the bus, riding to a field trip. His music teacher, Jamal, and Malik made a plan for Malik to sit next to Jamal to avoid any intimidation. His music teacher shared, “On the day of the field trip, Malik made sure I remembered our plan. He was also proud to tell me he had both his and Jamal's lunches in his backpack. Malik and Jamal were together all day long and avoided conflict. It was wonderful to see Malik turning to Jamal for advice and support.”

The boys’ friendship—born out of a passion for music and comfort with each other—made a meaningful impact on Malik’s life at school. He still looks up to Jamal and takes pride in having a friend he trusts—a friend who helps him stay out of trouble.

Malik’s transformation is just one example of the impact music education can have on a child’s life. Thank you for believing in our mission and students! Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with a family member or a friend; let them how far their support can go, too!            

Flute players perform! Credit: Simon Leung
Flute players perform! Credit: Simon Leung

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