Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth

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Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
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Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth
Give In-School Music Education to NYC Youth

Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, Education Through Music’s (ETM) teachers have brought tireless dedication, tenacity, and creativity to their students every day. One of our main goals for the school year has been to increase students’ engagement with non-Western music traditions. Thanks to collaborative efforts at several of our schools, students have been immersed in varying musical traditions – from Persian to Afro-Caribbean, and many others in between.

At PS 306 in the Bronx, students experienced Persian culture with visiting artist Daro Behroozi. Daro shared the cultural rituals around the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, and performed on several Persian instruments, including the sorna, ney, daf, and setar. Following the assemblies, ETM Teacher Ms. Khatami taught units on Iranian music, culminating in wonderful school-wide performances inspired by Daro’s visit.

Middle school students displayed their rhythm skills to a packed auditorium at PS / MS 20 in the Bronx. Facilitated by ETM Teacher Ms. Barton and Brooklyn-born percussionist and educator Olatunji Ojore, students took part in a three-day workshop series to explore percussion rhythms from Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. These lessons culminated in resounding concerts for the entire school.

ETM is proud to have brought musical traditions such as these to the music room through intensive activities like those described above, as well as by providing ongoing, customizable unit plans for our teachers. Popular unit plans have included “Song of the Week,” which sources folk and traditional songs from all worldwide and breaks down their meaning and structure. Cultures highlighted have included: Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw, Bengali, Arabic, Cambodian, and more. Multidisciplinary plans in “Book Themed Units,” have revolved around diverse books, using their topics as a jumping off points to teach everything from syllabic stresses to rhyme and rhythm. Books chosen have included: “Born on the Water,” “Drum Dream Girl,” “Say Zoop!” and more.

We thank our incredible donors and funders for enabling us to bring a variety of musical traditions and cultural perspectives to the music room this school year, and look forward to sharing more updates soon!

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Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, Education Through Music’s (ETM) teachers have brought tireless dedication, tenacity, and creativity to their students every day. One of our main goals for the school year has been to increase students’ engagement with non-Western music traditions. Thanks to collaborative efforts at several of our schools, students have been immersed in varying musical traditions – from Persian to Afro-Caribbean, and many others in between.

At PS 306 in the Bronx, students experienced Persian culture with visiting artist Daro Behroozi. Daro shared the cultural rituals around the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, and performed on several Persian instruments, including the sorna, ney, daf, and setar. Following the assemblies, ETM Teacher Ms. Khatami taught units on Iranian music, culminating in wonderful school-wide performances inspired by Daro’s visit.

Middle school students displayed their rhythm skills to a packed auditorium at PS / MS 20 in the Bronx. Facilitated by ETM Teacher Ms. Barton and Brooklyn-born percussionist and educator Olatunji Ojore, students took part in a three-day workshop series to explore percussion rhythms from Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. These lessons culminated in resounding concerts for the entire school.

ETM is proud to have brought musical traditions such as these to the music room through intensive activities like those described above, as well as by providing ongoing, customizable unit plans for our teachers. Popular unit plans have included “Song of the Week,” which sources folk and traditional songs from all worldwide and breaks down their meaning and structure. Cultures highlighted have included: Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw, Bengali, Arabic, Cambodian, and more. Multidisciplinary plans in “Book Themed Units,” have revolved around diverse books, using their topics as a jumping off points to teach everything from syllabic stresses to rhyme and rhythm. Books chosen have included: “Born on the Water,” “Drum Dream Girl,” “Say Zoop!” and more.

We thank our incredible donors and funders for enabling us to bring a variety of musical traditions and cultural perspectives to the music room this school year, and look forward to sharing more end-of-year updates soon!

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P.S. 340 X students recording their performances.
P.S. 340 X students recording their performances.

Greetings from ETM – we are honored to have had your support throughout the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year! Thanks go generous donors like you, we have provided regular music classes and enrichment to 20,000 students this past semester.

Over the course of the Fall semester, ETM teachers and their students were thrilled to have the opportunity to make music together in the classroom once again. In addition to the social and emotional benefits of learning and experimenting with music in the same room, many of our students were fortunate enough to safely perform together at the end 2021.

While it varied from school to school, classes from more than half of our 49 current partner schools were able to share celebratory end-of-semester performances – 40% of these were pre-recorded virtual performances and 12% were safely-distanced in-person events.

Many teachers chose songs for their Winter programs from our fall/winter repertoire reading – when our Programs staff regularly gathers to do a sing-through of new potential performance materials. Musical themes included Community, Nature, and Peace, and songs came from a wide variety of cultural traditions.

Teacher Alina Eckersley of P.S. 340 in the Bronx did just that. Her selections included nondenominational selections such as I Lift my Voice and The Little Birch Tree. Said Ms. Eckersley, “I chose these songs because I was thinking about something that would be inclusive, and would make us think about community . . . they resonated with me; especially about coming together even though we might be different.”  Her students’ recorded concert, streamed on December 16th, was a resounding success.

Other teachers, such as Zachary Bohanan of M.S. 287 in the Bronx, took a creative angle to sharing and celebrating student work. Mr. Bohanan, who teaches a Music Tech curriculum for grades 7-8, was able to use technology to distribute his students’ final projects – digitally composed scores for video games – via QR codes posted outside the music room. In this way, music students’ peers and families have been able to access and enjoy their musical work on-demand.

ETM is proud of the thoughtful and creative ways our teachers and their students have been able to share and celebrate music safely throughout the first part of the school year. We thank you for your support of our work and look forward to sharing our progress throughout the year!

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ETM is thrilled to be welcoming a new group of 15 teachers this year (30 teachers total), who will be working at 40 partner schools in all five boroughs of New York City for school year 2021-22. School began on September 13, and we are so excited to be BACK IN THE CLASSROOM!

We invite all of our supporters to see our programs in action with a school visit in October or November. If interested, please email Director of Development Adam Arango (aarango@etmonline.org)

As we start the year ahead, I want to briefly highlight what we made possible last school year

  1. Live Performances - students at P.S.21 and P.S. 369 were able to perform socially distanced outdoor concerts this Spring thanks to a lot of hard work, support within the school, and cooperative weather! (see image below)

  2. ETM Teachers Hired by NYC Schools - ETM's model culminates with our school partners committing to a sustainable music program and hiring a full-time music educator. We are thrilled to report that 20% of our schools made that leap.

  3. Launch an Orchestra - Starting an orchestra program at M.S. 118 had been a goal for some time, and ETM didn’t want the pandemic to continue to delay implementing this program for the school’s students. So, through deliberate planning, ETM safely launched the program, including instrument distribution and in-person and remote rehearsals.

  4. Saving P.S. 91's music program - Longtime ETM Partner School P.S. 91 was forced to end its partnership with ETM in school year 2019-20 due to covid-related budget constraints. However, thanks to a city funded CASA (Cultural After-School Adventures Program) grant, ETM was able to revive our partnership halfway through the school year.

  5. High School Pilot Program - ETM launched its first high school program at H.S. 223. All 10th-grade students had music technology five (5) times per week with their ETM music teacher. This instruction also fulfilled their high school graduation requirement in State Mandated Arts. In service of this pilot, ETM secured a Hyde & Watson grant of $5K to purchase a music tech lab to support the continuation of this program when school resumes in-person this fall.
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Thank you for your support, and happy summer!

We're excited to let you know that your donations helped bring the sound of live music to ETM partner school P.S. 369 in the Bronx!

You make this possible, and we're so thankful. ETM music teacher Beckham Butler hosted parents and members of the school community for “Breakfast with the Band,” an ETM tradition.

“Breakfast with the Band” gives parents a unique opportunity to see first-hand what their child has been working on in music class. Music Teachers walk parents and guardians through the day-to-day of a music class. The concert starts with warmups, then student demonstrations of techniques used in playing, and ends with songs the students have been working on.

The ensemble at P.S. 369 proved to be very impressive, especially since they picked up their instruments for the first time in January 2021! The concert also marked the first event held at the school all year! 

Our mission remains clear: To provide access to high-quality music education to every student in New York City.

And you're making this happen! Thank you!

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Education Through Music, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Kaitlin Hines-Vargas
Director of Development
New York, NY United States
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