This fall, thousands of students have access to in-school music instruction for the very first time, because ETM launch new partnerships with 16 schools in New York City. Your support is helping to equip these under-resourced schools with essential supplies and instruments, so that music teachers and students can truly bring music to life.
For the students in these new partner schools, this year represents the beginning of what can become a lifelong journey of music and learning. Music education will broaden their opportunities and give them access to opportunities like the path taken by ETM alumna Crystal:
“I don’t think I would have discovered my true passion without Education Through Music,” says Crystal, who attended ETM partner school P.S. 76 in the Bronx, and then attended ETM partner school M.S. 180. Crystal is currently attending SUNY Purchase, pursuing a degree in Arts Management.
Crystal was introduced to music at P.S. 76, where she joined the band and began to play the clarinet. She credits her involvement in the music program with her good grades, because she had to do well in school to participate in extra band activities. “It was amazing. My childhood was focused on the music program. It was a wonderful experience finding something that I was talented in,” says Crystal.
Music supports developing well-rounded students. “I think it’s very important to know about music,” says Crystal, “even if you aren’t going into a music profession. Music connects everybody.”
Two music teachers were very supportive of Crystal. She credits P.S. 76 music teacher Jessica Parr with making a big impact in her life. “There were times when I was doubtful of myself, and she would reassure me, give me advice and she was very supportive.” M.S. 180 music teacher Kevin Heathwood continued to support her through middle school. “He really pushed me to become a better student in music and academic classes.”
Crystal uses her musical skills in a unique way to help her succeed in college. “For myself, if I’m studying for something, I’ll sing it to help me remember stuff. It’s very easy for me to help remember music. Learning that way has helped me achieve higher test grades.”
The future is looking bright for Crystal, and she would like to run her own theater one day. “I want to be part of the arts community, I love talking about theater. You’re not really doing a job, because you’re doing something you love.”
Thank you for supporting ETM and providing children with new opportunities, so, like Crystal, they can discover and follow their passions. Please share this report with a family member or a friend and invite them to join you on this mission.