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.
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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Oct 22, 2015

Building A Brighter Tomorrow Through Music

Students eagerly participate in music class!
Students eagerly participate in music class!

It’s an exciting time at ETM! Our new and returning partner school students are busy settling into a new school year, embarking on a journey of self-discovery and insight; navigating through their new classes and friendships; and learning important skills and knowledge along the way. ETM’s weekly in-school music classes are off to a great start, filling students’ school routines with joy and wonder as they begin to tap into newly discovered talents and abilities. Your commitment to music education has made this new beginning possible for our students! Engaging with music as part of well-rounded education can have a profound impact on the lives of young children. Not only do they increase their achievement in the classroom, but music class also serves as a healthy outlet encouraging self-expression and strengthening their social and emotional capacities. This is especially true for Kendrick, a third-grade partner school student in the Bronx. Music class is helping him cope with painful losses in his home life and driving him toward success in school.

Kendrick is in foster care and was recently separated from his brother when the two were placed with different families. The absence has been very hard for Kendrick, who frequently talks about how much he misses his brother, and the burden has caused his academic performance to suffer. In most classes, Kendrick is very distracted and needs to be constantly redirected to his school work—except for music class. In music, Kendrick is fully engaged with lessons and shows an eagerness to learn. His music teacher, Mr. Washington, shares that Kendrick is, “most responsive in music class,” where “he is just as focused as his peers.”  During one recent lesson, Mr. Washington was introducing body percussion and steady beats to students. Kendrick was so enthusiastic about the lesson that he helped Mr. Washington create a game based on improvised movements. After the game was created, Mr. Washington asked the class, “What should we call this?” and Kendrick—bursting with inspiration and excitement—said, “Mr. Washington, we should call it Get with the Beat!” Mr. Washington thanked Kendrick for his contribution and used Get with the Beat for the entire week. Mr. Washington notes that the two things Kendrick talks most about are his brother and music class. Music is encouraging Kendrick to apply himself in school, giving him the inner strength and motivation he needs to move forward in spite of his personal hardships. Mr. Washington said, “I am happy that I could bring something as positive as music into his life. It is moments like these that remind me why I became a teacher.”

Kendrick is just one of the over 25,000 students ETM’s partner school program is reaching this year. Because of supporters like you, we were able to expand our reach tremendously this year to serve even more children! Thank you for helping to provide deserving children with the opportunity to learn the self-confidence and critical skills they need to succeed in life. Your investment is building brighter tomorrows for inner-city students across New York City—like Kendrick, 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!

Two flutists play with passion!
Two flutists play with passion!
Students smile infectiously during music class!
Students smile infectiously during music class!
A tuba player concentrates on her music making!
A tuba player concentrates on her music making!

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