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

Project Report | Jan 29, 2018
Giving every child the tools to succeed

By Caroline Vigneron | Development Associate

An ETM music teacher instrucing a string student
An ETM music teacher instrucing a string student

Happy New Year from ETM! After a restful holiday break, our partner school students are back in action and beginning a new semester of continued discovery. ETM’s program is reaching a record number of children across all five boroughs of New York City, and your support is helping 6,500 children in our newest partner schools who are receiving music instruction for the first time. Our teachers are working hard each and every day to give these students a voice.

For Michael, a first grader at P.S. 23 in the Bronx, music has given him so much more than a voice; it has given him the stamina and self-confidence to succeed in school and life. Adjusting to first grade has been difficult for Michael. He lives in a homeless shelter and lacks the stable support of a home life many of his peers have. In addition, as a child with autism, Michael faces daily obstacles in the classroom. He rarely speaks or participates in class, and does not absorb information as easily as his peers.

When Education Through Music partnered with Michael’s school this fall, every child in the school began receiving general music instruction, including children with special needs. This allowed Michael to start taking music classes, which helped him unlock a talent he didn’t know existed. Despite rarely participating in his other classes, Michael eagerly participates in his music class. His paraprofessional, who aids Michael in each of his classes, has been pleasantly surprised to see Michael participating consistently in music class. Music has provided Michael with a new level of engagement he hadn’t previously experienced, and his love of music continues to grow. Even his other classroom teachers have noticed and commented on Michael’s newfound passion.  

Michael’s music teacher noticed how quickly he was grasping the lessons she was teaching in her class. For instance, she’s been teaching rhythm and tempo to her first graders. When most of the class struggled to understand a new rhythm, ‘ta and ti ti’, Michael was the first student to master it. As a child with special needs, Michael often has difficult challenges in the classroom. This moment of understanding a concept, and being the first student in his class to do so, has given Michael a tenacity for learning that he hadn’t experienced before. Through his general music classes and the support from his teacher, he has discovered a natural talent and is gaining confidence in himself. Without Education Through Music, Michael may never have found this passion that is helping him to engage more deeply with school each day.

By supporting Education Through Music, you are helping students like Michael gain the confidence necessary to succeed in school. Thank you for supporting our model and for providing students with the tools that are helping them achieve more and more. Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with a family member or friend; let them know how far their support can go, too!

Choir from P.S. 154 in Queens singing
Choir from P.S. 154 in Queens singing
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Education Through Music, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @etmonline
Project Leader:
Kaitlin Hines-Vargas
Director of Development
New York , NY United States
$8,629 raised of $25,000 goal
192 donations
$16,371 to go
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