Your support will help 34,000 economically disadvantaged children in New York City receive music education as part of their school day during 2018-19. ETM's NYC Partner School Program provides EVERY student with access to music class as a core subject. When children learn music, they gain self-esteem, strengthen their cognitive skills, and achieve higher academic performance, becoming better thinkers and lifelong learners. ETM works closely with school principals to create sustainable programs.
Access to music education is often influenced by socioeconomic status, district lines and lotteries. In New York City, 57% of city schools do not have a full-time certified music teacher. Many children in at-risk populations have been left with either no music instruction at all, or access only to short-term or isolated experiences. ETM partners with under-resourced schools to ensure every child receives music education.
ETM's program provides music as a core subject to every student at each partner school. We hire music teachers; we train and support these teachers so they can be eligible to be hired by schools as part of a long-term plan for sustaining programs. We provide curriculum, musical instruments, and instructional materials. We conduct outreach to classroom teachers and parents to build understanding and advocacy for music education. We collaborate with principals on management and strategic planning.
By providing quality music education to 34,000 students and building support within school communities, this program will: provide students with musical skills and knowledge; support growth in students' self-confidence and self-esteem; support improved achievement in other academic areas; support community involvement; and increase the capacity of partner schools to sustain music programs on their own so that the benefits of music education can continue beyond the life of ETM.