Access to music education is often influenced by socioeconomic status, district lines and lotteries. In New York City, 59% of public schools do not have a full-time music teacher, and only one-third of 6th-8th graders reported receiving music instruction in 2013-14. 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 inner-city 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 nearly 27,000 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.
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