Sep 24, 2018

Back to School!

It’s a new school year, and 34,000 children are gaining access to music education every week thanks to your support of ETM’s partner school program! This year, the partner school program has grown to reach 65 schools in all five boroughs of New York City.

To prepare for the start of school, ETM welcomed 80 music teachers at the end of August to the annual ETM Academy for targeted training and professional development. As ETM’s core programs reach children in grades K-8 and range from general music to music technology to elective band, orchestra and choral ensembles, the Academy was designed to offer a combination of required and elective sessions for teachers, based on which grade levels and disciplines they teach. Topics ranged from classroom management, lesson planning, and curriculum mapping, to communicating with principals and parents, to standards and assessment, to specific musical pedagogies.

As the school year gets underway, the music teachers are putting their professional development into practice and helping even more children learn the skills and joys of music-making. And the music teachers will continue to receive support throughout the year. Each has an ETM Instructional Supervisor they can reach out to for mentoring, and they also have a network of colleagues – all the music teachers across ETM’s partner schools – they can call upon as the year progresses, to share their successes and learn from one another. When teachers are part of a strong and supportive community, they can do an even better job providing their students with quality education.

Thank you for supporting ETM and providing children with access to a brighter future! Please share this report with a family member or a friend and invite them to join you on this mission.


Jul 25, 2018

Musical Adventures All Year Long!

Happy summer from ETM! After a productive year of musical exploration and discovery, ETM partner school students are enjoying a very well-deserved summer break. However, while school is no longer in session, 80 students from ETM partner schools are continuing to develop their musicianship thanks to ETM’s 2018 Summer Music Adventure program. The Summer Music Adventure, or SMA, is a unique opportunity for students to delve even deeper into their instrumental studies over the summer and hone their orchestra and band skills. SMA is taking place at two locations this summer, M.S. 180 and P.S. 103, both in the Bronx, for three weeks.

Before the summer kicked off, ETM partner school students celebrated their achievements at their end-of-year spring concerts and the annual ETM Festival. The Festival is a special opportunity for students to come together as one community and showcase the skills they’ve been fostering all year. For the very first time, the festival ran for three days this June, with one day each for orchestra, band, and chorus. The inclusion of a chorus day allowed some of our newest partner schools to perform, giving even more students a chance to showcase their talents!

One of those newest partner schools is P.S./M.S. 279 in the Bronx, which just completed its first year with an ETM program. Their choir was one of the largest of any ETM partner schools, with 80 students participating. Not only did P.S./M.S. 279 get to perform for their school and families at a spring concert this year, but they also got to perform for their wider community and peers at the Festival. More than 1,500 students performed this year across the three days, with schools representing the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The festival took place at Lehman Center for Performing Arts in the Bronx, affording students a chance to perform on a professional stage to an audience much larger than their usual auditorium concerts.

Music opens doors for both academic and personal success, unlocking creativity and focus in every child. Your support of Education Through Music is helping the 30,000 children served by ETM gain access to these opportunities. Thank you for your continued generosity and for helping students in ETM partner schools reach their full potential. Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with your own community!

Jun 25, 2018

Springing into Success!

Summer vacation is almost upon us, and the students in ETM partner schools have come such a long way since the fall! Over the last three months, ETM partner school students have wowed audiences at spring concerts and the annual ETM Festival. This year, in addition to having a band day and an orchestra day, the festival also featured a day for choir. Over the course of the three days, 2000 students were able to showcase how far they’ve grown throughout the year. They were able to express themselves and be a part of a larger community with their peers from other schools.

One student in particular has come particularly far since the fall. Noah, a third grader at an ETM partner school in the Bronx, is a model student, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in September, Noah was well-known at his school for being a trouble-maker. So much so, that his music teacher was warned of his disruptive behavior and lack of focus. However, she was certain that music class could be just what Noah needed, and it turns out that she was right! She instantly noticed Noah’s aptitude for music. Noah constantly expressed his desire to learn new instruments, particularly the Djembe drum. His teacher told Noah that if he behaved himself during class, he could play the djembe at the end. Since starting music class, Noah gets to play the drum at the end of almost every class. He has shown a strong natural talent for drumming, and this gave him a major self-esteem boost. With his newfound confidence, he no longer acts out.

Noah’s drumming excellence is just one part of his transformation. His music teacher noticed that his behavior has greatly improved, and he is less of a problem in his other classes because of his stellar motivation. Music has given Noah an opportunity to express himself that is appropriate, and has helped him become that model student who understands the importance of listening and focusing.

Noah’s music teacher shared that when his class received recorders for the first time this year, he took initiative and reminded his peers how important it is to take care of the instrument, as it is just like using your voice. Music has helped Noah grow exponentially as a student and a person, and his teacher is confident that music will continue to be a part of his life.

By supporting ETM, you are helping students like Noah soar with confidence, leading to better motivation and focus. Thank you for supporting ETM and helping us serve the students that need it most. Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with a friend; let them know how great your impact is!

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