Music Instruments & Supplies for NYC Kids

by Education Through Music, Inc.
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Music Instruments & Supplies for NYC Kids
Music Instruments & Supplies for NYC Kids
Music Instruments & Supplies for NYC Kids
Orchestra at MS118
Orchestra at MS118

ETM is thrilled to be welcoming a new group of 15 teachers this year (45 teachers total), who will be working at 55 partner schools in all five boroughs of New York City for school year 2021-22. We are in the middle of training our new teachers through a 2-week intensive academy training to prepare for the start of school on September 13.

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 (

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.

To read more about these success stories and others, click here.

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ETM school M.S. 118 get their instruments!
ETM school M.S. 118 get their instruments!

Thank you for your support, and happy spring!

We're excited to let you know that your donations helped students at ETM school M.S. 118 get their instruments for the first time!

You make this possible, and we're so thankful. ETM Music Teacher Marissa Steele shared, "Many students expressed interest in learning instruments. A lot of them come from families who play instruments, and they just wanted the opportunity to play with their families. I am so glad they have been given the chance."

This year presented extraordinary challenges for our schools, but donations from GlobalGiving make all the difference. Your gifts make an impact and keep music in our schools.

I wanted to share a quote from Penny Swift's recent interview with the Gotham Gazette about the importance of music education. "Our students have faced the trauma of isolation, fear, and, in many cases, grief. Racial inequity remains widespread. And although music programs are vital to a well-rounded education, over half of New York City public schools don't have a full-time music educator on staff. Giving students access to music education is core to my nonprofit's mission and vital to facing these continuing challenges."

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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Happy New Year from ETM!

As the city navigates the ongoing pandemic that continues to upend all of our lives, we wanted to update our supporters on some good news in the world you make possible through your support.

In the Fall semester, Education Through Music was able to partern with 51 partner schools - including 31 elementary, 19 middle, and 1 high school. In total, ETM egnages 18,000 students in weekly music lessons. That is over 200,000 hours of music education provided to children in the fall. Considering the circumstances surrounding this year, we have a lot to be thankful for and proud of.

This year presented extraordinary challenges for our schools, including dramatic reductions in school budgets, funding cuts for arts education by the city, and unprecedented logistical challenges. As so many of our partner principals report - without ETM, there would be no music at my school during the pandemic.

In addition to keeping music alive, our focus this year has been on equipping our teachers with the resources to teach remotely. Thanks to a generous donor, each ETM teacher was equipped with high quality headphones, microphones, and personal laptops to be able to record and stream their music lessons to their students. Teachers were also provided new software and training to be able to create dynamic and engaging music lessons. 

Thank you for providing thousands of students with the access to a complete education that includes music. 


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From all of us at Education Through Music, we hope you are staying safe and finding creative ways to enjoy the summer! While the school year may be over, we know music continues to inspire our students and communities. 

Our partner school students and teachers rose to the challenges that the past school year brought. Making music while socially distant isn't easy, but they got creative. From homemade music instruments, to virtual sing-alongs, music education has continued to motivate even in the toughest of times. We saw the value of this hard work in the feedback from our community.

The principal of an ETM partner school in Harlem shared, “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, ETM made an investment in serving the Harlem community a top priority. Thanks to our partnership, I am pleased to share that music education is alive and vibrant at [my school]. As we've shifted to a remote learning model, ETM continues to provide a space where kids have an opportunity to be imaginative, engaged and safe. Now, parents and caregivers are in awe of how amazing ETM truly is because they see from their homes how their kids light up and for one moment in their day find the joy of being a kid. I am appreciative of ETM and my amazing educator!”

As schools prepare for an uncertain future, ETM is preparing to make music a vital part of that future, no matter what. ETM is focused on maintaining students’ access to music education and will work with principals closely to make music a reality in the coming year.

Whatever school will look like in the fall, ETM will continue providing vibrant programming for thousands of students across the city. We’re excited to bring some unique and engaging activities to our students:

  • Whether in-person or virtually, we’ll be bringing music technology to more students than ever before. Through music tech software, students can compose their own beats and songs, learn about sound engineering, record podcasts, and more.
  • ETM is also providing special training to our music teachers on virtual learning, such as how to ‘gamify’ lesson plans, make their own instruments, and engage entire families in music.

We’re proud to have supporters like you who will make it possible for us to bring music to a brand new educational landscape. We’re excited to share more stories with you in the months to come. Thank you for driving equity and access for so many young learners. Don’t forget to share this report with a family member or friend to let them know the incredible difference supporting ETM can make!

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On behalf of Education Through Music’s staff and partner schools, we hope this update finds you safe and well. We’re more grateful than ever to have such a strong community of supporters, as we help thousands of students across New York City navigate these challenging times. 

The world has profoundly changed over the past three weeks. And, in response, ETM has transformed. We have spent the last three weeks adapting our proven model of in-school music classes and enrichment to meaningful and engaging lessons and activities accessible via distance learning.

The result is a robust, creative, flexible, and need-responsive collection of lessons and activities for our students, from the fourth-grade flute player to the seventh-grade music technology student. Our teachers are using Google Classroom, Zoom, and more to reach students face to face, giving them a sense of normalcy. We are creating video lessons, tutorials, projects and more – providing a wealth of digital resources tailored to the needs of our schools and students. 

ETM’s program staff is collaborating with our affiliates in Denver and Los Angeles, working together to build out a new way of teacher music beyond the classroom walls. ETM’s team of music teachers is committed to continuing to design new and engaging lessons, learn new technologies, find new ways to connect with their students, and connecting with their colleagues across the city.

Our mission to provide students with high-quality music education in the weekend ahead is urgent and essential. You have likely seen countless examples of people turning to music to raise their spirits, connect with their communities, and serve as a much-needed form of expression. In turn, ETM’s distance learning model is driving students’ cognitive and social-emotional growth, while allowing them to make noise, move around, and connect to the world. 

One ETM partner school principal recently shared, “Education Through Music has helped us to keep our school community motivated, since we all pride ourselves on our music classes, choir and band program!...The support of ETM is of crucial importance to me as a New York City principal during the difficult time.

Thank you for being a part of the ETM family. Your support is making sure that students continue to have music as a core part of the education and their daily lives during this crisis. You are improving access and equity for so many. We look forward to continuing to share our work with you, and celebrate the achievements of the students we serve. Don’t forget to share this report with a family member or friend to let them know the incredible difference supporting ETM can make!


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Education Through Music, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Twitter: @etmonline
Project Leader:
Adam Arango
Director of Development
New York, NY United States
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