Dec 9, 2019

Decking The Halls With Music Education

ETM Partner School Ensemble Students
ETM Partner School Ensemble Students

Happy Holidays from Education Through Music! As we near the end of another amazing year of music education, students at ETM’s partner schools across New York City prepare to spread cheer among their communities at holiday concerts. Your investment in ETM’s work makes a difference in the lives these children every day, bringing them access to quality music education their schools would otherwise not have been able to provide.

One such child is Elena,* a 5th grade student who plays trombone in the band at an ETM partner elementary school in Queens. When Elena first started off the school year, her music teacher noticed how shy and timid she was amongst her peers, with low self-confidence and closed-off body language. Elena was born in another country and had trouble making friends in school since her move to the United States. Despite her challenges, Elena showed an interest in music, signing up for band and coming to before-school rehearsals as well as small group lessons. This band is part of the multi-level music program Elena’s school is able to offer thanks to its partnership with ETM, all designed in collaboration between the principal and ETM staff. Elena and her classmates attend weekly general music classes, and have the option to participate in ensembles such as band and choir as well.

Elena’s music teacher recognized that she was a student who was in need of some positive reinforcement. And so, the teacher and other band members worked together to become Elena’s cheerleaders, celebrating and clapping when she would play and participate, and encouraging her every step of the way. With this support, Elena began to believe in herself as much as those around her did. She became more comfortable in her rehearsals and lessons. As a result, her music skills quickly advanced, and she has become an exceptional trombone player. Even more, she has gained confidence, opening up and letting her personality shine through. Elena proudly told her music teacher that, thanks to band, she’s happy to have gained close friends for the first time since coming to this country.

Working with Elena reminded her music teacher of the importance of persistence when working with students of all backgrounds and abilities. “You never know how long it will take someone to finally open up, so consistency and effort are paramount,” she said. ETM is proud to train, mentor, and support thoughtful, effective music teachers like Elena’s in schools throughout the five boroughs.

As for Elena, she will be entering 2020 as a dedicated music student and confident young person, ready to continue to learn and grow.

Just as Elena’s life was changed by the support of her music teacher and peers, your support of ETM is helping change the lives of children in ETM’s 70 partner schools across New York City. We hope that you take some time in this bustling season to remember all that your gift has helped make possible. And please share this report with colleagues, friends, or family so that they too can see the power of music education!

*Name changed to protect student privacy.

ETM Partner School Music Class
ETM Partner School Music Class
ETM Partner School Performance
ETM Partner School Performance

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Oct 8, 2019

New ETM School Partnerships Are Falling Into Place

Happy October from Education Through Music! This is always an exciting time of year for ETM—not just because of the return of fall weather and pumpkin spice-flavored everything—but because new partner school programs are underway at elementary and middle schools across New York City. Thanks to supporters like you, ETM was able to launch 17 new school partnerships, bringing access to in-school music education to thousands of students for the very first time. Your support is helping to equip these under-resourced schools with essential supplies and instruments, so that music teachers and students can truly bring music to life.

ETM is working closely with each partner school principal to build quality music programs that will stand the test of time, bringing life-changing music education to more of the students who need it most. Our well-tested model ensures that first-year programs can hit the ground running, making an impact from day one. We’re eager to see what amazing progress the students in these schools make in the coming months, and to share with you what your support makes possible.

First year partnerships help students unlock passion for and connection to music they never knew was possible. Last year, at then-first-year partner school P.S. 189 in the Bronx, students experienced breakthroughs big and small. For example, one mother reported on the remarkable change she’d seen in her daughter Amber* since ETM began partnering with the school and making music accessible. Amber’s mother shared that in previous years, Amber had been only moderately interested in music, but once she gained access to music education through her school’s ETM partnership program, she developed a true love of it, participating in both the in-school music classes and the choir. Amber began looking forward to attending music, particularly for the chance it gave her to sing. Over the course of the year, Amber truly blossomed, gaining confidence and engaging in school in new ways. She now proudly sings for her family at home as well, driven to share her appreciation for music with all.

By giving to ETM, you are helping students like Amber experience comprehensive in-school music education for the first time, changing their lives forever. New partnerships are vital to ETM’s mission of improving equity in education, as we work to ensure all students have access to music in school, regardless of background or circumstances.

This year, 83% of the students reached by ETM’s partner school programs come from low-income households, 31% are English Language Learners, 24% have special needs, and 11% are experiencing homelessness. Donors like you allow ETM to make sure that all of these students can reap the benefits of a music program that is designed with them in mind.

Thank you for your support! Be sure to stay tuned for more news about ETM’s first-year partnerships and all of our work as the school year continues. Don’t forget to share this report with a family member or a friend and invite them to join you on the mission to bring music to more students in need.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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Sep 10, 2019

ETM Goes Back to School

Fall is approaching, and with the promise of sweater weather comes a new school year! ETM is proud to bring life-changing access to music education to 36,000 children this year through our partner school program. With your support, ETM is working with 70 schools across all five borough of New York City. These schools did not have the resources to provide music for all students on their own, and so they are partnering with us to make that a reality.

To help music programs get off to a great start, ETM recently welcomed more than 80 music teachers to the annual ETM Academy, where they received targeting training and professional development. ETM educates music teachers on the topics that will equip them to succeed in the classroom, including classroom management, developing music literacy, working with students with special needs, culturally responsive instruction, lesson planning, and leading ensembles. Teachers were also matched with their ETM mentors, who will support them throughout the entire school year. 

ETM knows that a music class is only as good as its teacher, and thanks to donors like you, ETM can offer training and support to music teachers all year long. Workshops and meetings give teachers space not only to learn, but also to network with one another, connecting and sharing their successes or lessons learned. Giving them a strong community means teachers are even better prepared to provide a quality music education. ETM is excited to see the impact these instructors make on partner school students this year. 

Thank you for supporting ETM and helping provide children in need with access to high quality music education. Your gift is truly making a difference by helping ETM drive equity and bring music to more children than ever before. Don’t forget to share this report with your friends and family to show them the incredible programming you help make possible!

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