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.
Feb 18, 2016

Music Helped Me Focus My Energy

Band students pose after a concert!
Band students pose after a concert!

We’re halfway through the school year, and because of your generous support, our partner school students are fully immersed in their in-school weekly music classes. By now, music instruction has begun to take a clear shape, with teachers sculpting students’ minds through new musical concepts and skills, and students transferring this knowledge beyond the classroom and into their daily lives. These experiences can transform a child’s personality and their attitude towards school, most especially the students at our first-year partner schools—many of whom are receiving music for the first time.

For instance, Arianna, a second-grader at PS 8 in the Bronx, is using music to focus her energy and to develop stronger social skills. Arianna is a very rambunctious and energetic child. During the beginning of the year, it was difficult for her to sit still and to follow directions. Arianna’s outbursts would distract her classmates during instruction and she would have trouble connecting with them, often feeling isolated from peers. Participating in movement and group activities in music class is giving Arianna a means to channel her energy and helping her stay at the same pace as her classmates. Arianna also now happily assists her ETM music teacher, Ms. Feinberg, in passing out worksheets and collecting homework during class. Because music has given Arianna an outlet for her energy, her focus and concentration have improved significantly. She is positively engaging with her peers and listens carefully to directions.

One day, at the start of class, Arianna called out happily, "Music! We have music!" Then Arianna ran over to Ms. Feinberg and gave her big hug, offering her a drawing. Ms. Feinberg shared, “It was a picture of me smiling, and it said ‘Music Teacher’ at the top. Arianna said, ‘It's you! Do you like it?!’ I told her that I loved it and that it warmed my heart. I thanked her and told her that I couldn't wait to show it to all my friends and family. I gave her a big hug and said, ‘Let's start music class!’ Arianna nodded joyfully and sat in her spot, and has been able to stay in her spot during every class since.”

Arianna’s school, PS 8 is a first-year partner school located in the Fordham Manor neighborhood of the Bronx. The partnership between P.S. 8 and ETM began when the school’s principal had a dream of bringing music education to the K-5 school’s nearly 1,100 students. After learning about ETM’s music programs, she turned her dream into a reality. Now every student receives weekly music instruction provided by two music teachers, and this past December every student performed in a winter concert. Because of wonderful donors like you and your kind contributions, schools like PS 8 who have never before had music are now able to share the gift of music education with their students—deserving children like Arianna.

We thank you for supporting our mission and believing in our students! Help us promote music education in inner-city schools by sharing this report with your friends and family. Let them know just how far their support can go!

A saxophone player gets into his groove!
A saxophone player gets into his groove!
Band students play with dedication!
Band students play with dedication!
Young students sing at a holiday concert!
Young students sing at a holiday concert!

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Jan 21, 2016

Every Child Deserves The Gift of Music

Our students are so grateful for your support!
Our students are so grateful for your support!

Happy New Year from ETM! We are so grateful for your generous investment in our partner school students. By supporting ETM’s in-school weekly music classes, you are allowing thousands of children in need to develop the intellectual dexterity and emotional sensibility needed for a bright and prosperous future.

One of our core values at ETM is that every student—regardless of their talent or ability—deserves to receive quality, comprehensive music education. This is especially meaningful for our partner schools’ special needs students, who can cultivate vital skills through a nurturing environment that encourages them to persevere through their personal challenges.

For example, Ritchie is a partner school student in the Bronx who suffers from behavioral and mental challenges that make it difficult for him to be fully engaged during the school day. At the beginning of the school year, Ritchie was unable to sit through music class without causing a disruption to his classmates and often had to be removed for instruction to continue. Ritchie’s ETM music teacher could see that he was fascinated by music, and there was an opportunity to use Ritchie’s curiosity to teach him how to behave in class and connect with his peers. She and the classroom teacher decided to gradually increase the amount of time Ritchie spent in music, raising his degree of involvement with each class. After a transition period, Ritchie was able not only to behave in class for the entire period, but also to share positively and contribute to the learning experience.

His music teacher commented, “Recently, Ritchie was able to dance with a scarf to symphonic music without causing any disruptions. He sang one of our songs for this unit with all the right words, pitches, and actions all by himself. He has been actively participating and learning with the rest of the students in his class. It is a great feeling to watch a student who struggles so much with group activities learn how to appropriately interact with his peers. When I passed Ritchie in the hallway this week, I heard him singing the song he performed by himself in music. It's exciting to watch this student take what he is learning outside the classroom!”

Music has inspired Ritchie and given him the motivation to engage deeply with school and to bond with his peers. These are valuable skills that will serve Ritchie beyond the school setting and help him thrive as an adult. The future for children like Ritchie is instantly brightened when music enters their lives. It empowers them to believe in themselves, boosts their self-esteem, and transcends any barriers that stand between them and learning. Without you, Ritchie and students like him would not have access to quality music education and the opportunity to experience such dramatic transformations. Ritchie and all our partner school students performed in concerts in December, showcasing their new talents and abilities for family and friends. We hope you enjoy the pictures!

Thank you for your support and belief in our students! Help us promote music education in inner-city school by sharing this report with your friends and family. Let them know the impact their donation can have on deserving students like Ritchie.

Students smile triumphantly after their concert!
Students smile triumphantly after their concert!
Two cellists play with heart and soul!
Two cellists play with heart and soul!

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Nov 24, 2015

The Universal Language of Music

Happy Thanksgiving from ETM! We are so grateful for your support of our partner school students. Because of inspiring donors like you, nearly 27,000 inner-city children across all five boroughs in New York City are immersed in weekly in-school music classes—many for the first time ever! Your support helped us launch 48 new partnerships this fall. Your commitment to music education is creating nurturing environments that use music to shape young minds, as children develop the cognitive skills and emotional intelligence crucial for reaching their full potential. 

Receiving music as a core subject increases students’ higher-level thinking skills and helps them reach new heights in their social and emotional development. It’s a life-changing impact you can witness in our partner school students.

Students like Amir, a PreK student in the Bronx, who—for the first time in his school life—is experiencing the world through music. As an English Language Learner, language often acts as a barrier for Amir at school—inhibiting his ability to connect with his classmates and teachers. His ETM music teacher shared that Amir usually seems sad and withdrawn because of his inability to fully express himself in English. However, one day, Amir silently walked over to her and started to play a drum. She joined him and starting playing another drum. “His face was full of excitement,” she explained, “and you could tell he was finally happy! We communicated through high-fives and smiles while he continued to have a great time playing his drum.”  In that moment, music served as a universal language that sparked a true connection between Amir and his music teacher. She notes that from that day on, Amir has participated in every activity in music class with a huge smile across his face. She remarked, “I might not be able to understand his native language, but I am able to see that music has made a true impact on his life—one that needs no language to explain.”

Now Amir displays more confidence in himself and walks around with his head held up high. He’s more independent and is making huge leaps in achieving proficiency in English. Just seeing that music class is on the schedule for the day excites Amir, who is overcoming his language hurdles one drum beat at a time.  Music is driving him towards a future where he will be able to fully articulate his feelings and thrive in any setting.

Stories like Amir’s can only happen because supporters like you make generous investments in their lives. Sponsoring a child’s music education has a tremendous and measurable impact—especially if the child has never before experienced music as a constant part of their school routine. Suddenly, doors open and brighter futures are on the horizon. Music class acts as a catalyst for students’ improved academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence. Even more, it fills children with a joy and happiness that transcends all barriers. Our students thank you for your belief in them!

Share this report with your family and friends and let them know how they can make a difference in the lives of children like Amir—an impact that will last long after the holiday.

A flutist concentrates on his music-making!
A flutist concentrates on his music-making!
A trombone player plays with diligence!
A trombone player plays with diligence!
Bassists keep the beat!
Bassists keep the beat!

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