Music Instruments & Supplies for NYC Kids

by Education Through Music, Inc.
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Trumpet players concentrate on their music-making!
Trumpet players concentrate on their music-making!

Music class is a nurturing environment, where children can cope with overwhelming challenges and gain an outlet for their emotions. This is especially true for Kahlil, a student at first-year partner school P.S. 21 in Staten Island. Kahlil is one of the nearly 27,000 students benefiting from your generous support through in-school weekly music classes.

First grade has been tough for Kahlil. In the fall, he was placed into foster care. His foster parents struggle to make ends meet and provide for all of their children. Often Kahlil comes to school hungry and seeking comfort from his teachers. In class, he is usually withdrawn and quiet, and occasionally he lashes out at his peers if they get too close to him. 

His ETM music teacher recognized Kahlil was facing an unpredictable home life and began building a strong structure during music class to provide Kahlil with a sense of security and stability. Kahlil’s teacher shares, “I found that Kahlil enjoys taking on a leadership role when he feels he can handle the responsibilities.” Now Kahlil provides his teacher with assistance in setting up the classroom and assembling materials needed for lessons and gives his teacher a thumbs-up when he feels the class is ready to begin their welcome song. Being entrusted with additional responsibilities has enabled Kahlil to feel more comfortable and relaxed in class.

Kahlil has also discovered a deep passion for singing. “Kahlil hasn’t had many opportunities for self-expression,” his teacher explained, “but he’s connected with singing as a means to express himself. It is my hope that when he feels most distant from his peers and surroundings that he will use his singing voice to find a way back.”

Recently, the class was playing “Charlie Over the Ocean,” a fun game with song and movement. At the start the lesson, Kahlil emphatically raised his hand to be the first leader. He stood in the center of the classroom and made eye contact with all his peers. He timidly sang the first line, and when the class replied resoundingly—his eyes lit up. Then Kahlil eagerly skipped around the circle and proudly sang out, "Charlie over the ocean!" Kahlil exuded a confidence and joy like never before. When another student was too timid to sing her solo, he politely asked her if she needed help and offered to sing along with her. Without knowing it, Kahlil aided his classmate in overcoming her fright and helped her find her voice just like he has found his.

Kahlil’s story is a testament to how music can empower a child. When children are given a space to freely express themselves and are treated with kindness and respect, they flourish and learn to become confident, resilient children. Your benevolent contributions have brighten the lives of Kahlil and students just like him. Thank you for believing in our mission. Share this report with friends and family; let them know the impact their donation can have on deserving students like Kahlil!

Violinists play with heart and soul!
Violinists play with heart and soul!
Students perform at a winter concert!
Students perform at a winter concert!

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A music teacher helps a student keep the beat!
A music teacher helps a student keep the beat!

Happy Fall from ETM!

Two months into the school year, with in-school music classes in progress, our partner school students are on their way to becoming better learners with more confidence and greater motivation for school. Because of your generous contributions, nearly 27,000 students across low-income communities in New York City are receiving music as part of their regular school routine, including 4,000 students in our brand-new partnerships.

One of the partnerships you helped us launch this year is P.S./M.S. 214 in the Bronx. The school is located in the West Farms neighborhood and serves over 1,000 students in grades PreK–8. Over 98% of students are of color, 88% qualify for Free or Reduced Price Lunch, 11% are English Language Learners, and approximately 18% have special needs.

Recently, a magical moment happened in music class. One of the school’s ETM music teachers was preparing his eighth grade students for their upcoming winter concert. The class was learning the West African song “Sansa Kroma,” a challenging piece in Akan (a language spoken in Ghana).

The music teacher asked the class for a volunteer to lead a verse. Miguel, a warm and energetic child, turned to his best friend Rafael and whispered, “You should go. I know you can do it.” Rafael is very timid. He seemed apprehensive but then nodded and raised his hand. The whole class turned to watch. As Rafael began to sing, his face lit up, and he grew more confident with each verse. It was a marvelous transformation!

Rafael revealed he had a beautiful voice and the bravery to overcome his fears. After he finished, Miguel gave Rafael a big hug. Miguel was so proud that his best friend had conquered his shyness and shown the class just how skillfully he could sing. It was a sweet moment that brought the class together.

Music education provides students with a nurturing, supportive environment that helps them develop self-esteem and build camaraderie while tapping into their natural musical talents and abilities.

We are excited for all our partner school students’ winter concerts, coming up this December and January. Because of kind supporters like you, thousands of economically disadvantaged children are growing academically, artistically, and personally through the wonderful gift of music. We are grateful for your generosity. Show your support for ETM by sharing this report with a family member or a friend! Let them know how far their generosity can go.

Students are engaged with a xylophone!
Students are engaged with a xylophone!

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Choir students sing with joy!
Choir students sing with joy!

Happy Summer from ETM!

We hope you’re enjoying these wonderful last days of summer! Although the school year may be over, the impact of your support on our partner school students is still going strong. During the 2015-16 school year, your generosity transformed the lives of nearly 27,000 children through quality music instruction that improved academic performance and cultivated emotional intelligence. And today, that dramatic growth is continuing to benefit our students beyond the classroom.      

This is especially true for our first-year partner school students—many of whom had never before had music as a consistent part of their school routine. Students like Jayden, a fourth grader at P.S. 75 in Brooklyn—a first-year partner school this past year. Because of music, Jayden is gaining a better sense of himself and the world.

Jayden suffers from a psychological condition that hinders his ability to socialize with others, which complicates his school life and alienates him from his peers. A learning disability made classwork also a challenge for Jayden. Often, he seemed adrift in school. He was frequently absent and only engaged with his classmates through outbursts and disruptions.

This year, his school’s new music program helped Jayden turn over a new leaf. He joined the chorus and became a thriving member of the group. His attendance improved. In music class, Jayden gradually started to listen to his peers and acknowledge when they spoke to him. He grew confident in social interactions and began to trust the people around him. As the year went on, his involvement in the music program deepened and his behavior in music class continued to improve. Jayden became an example his classmates could follow.

One day, his music teacher asked for volunteers to demonstrate a body percussion lesson in front of the class. Jayden volunteered and bravely and beautifully illustrated the lesson for his teacher and classmates. Afterward, he raised his hand and said, "I don't like to perform in front of everyone because it makes me shy and nervous, but I love music, so I wanted to try. When I was doing it, I got nervous but I looked up and saw everyone looking at me and no one was laughing or being mean and I felt really happy. I can't wait until we can all do this together in the concert." This was such a pivotal moment for Jayden—one that illustrated all the growth he had been making over the year. The emotional intelligence and stronger sense of self Jayden developed are the same skills that will steer him toward a brighter and more successful future. Music is grounding Jayden, giving him a motivation to come to school and connect with people and world around him.

Thank you for helping to provide deserving children with the opportunity to reach their potential. Your investment is building brighter tomorrows for inner-city students across New York City just like Jayden, whose passion for music is steering him toward a positive direction in his life. Share this report with your friends and family and show them the life-changing impact they can have on children by supporting their music education!

Drummers keep a steady beat!
Drummers keep a steady beat!
Orchestra students play with dedication!
Orchestra students play with dedication!
Trumpet players concentrate on their music-making!
Trumpet players concentrate on their music-making!

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Students sing joyfully as their teacher conducts!
Students sing joyfully as their teacher conducts!

Happy spring from ETM!

The school year may be wrapping up, but our partner school students are still hard at work building a wealth of skills and discovering new talents during their weekly in-school music classes. This has been an exciting year where students have improved their cognitive reasoning and boosted their self-esteem through the greatest gift of all: music. Your generosity is impacting over 27,000 students across New York City. Because of you, our students are becoming well-rounded children with brighter futures ahead.

For our first-year partner school students, this has been an especially incredible and thrilling year because it was the first time that comprehensive music instruction played a constant role in their learning experience. And because of this opportunity, they have started to think differently about themselves, their futures, and their education. The music program also provides an exciting new avenue to unify the communities of first-year partner schools. For many parents, events such as student concerts foster a new, positive association with their child’s school and offer them a way to engage with other members of the school community.

For P.S. 277 in the Bronx, the thriving music program is making a huge difference in the community. The school is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx and serves approximately 440 students in grades Pre-K-5. Of these 440 students, 99% are students are of color, 16% are English Language Learners, 94% qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program, and 10% have special needs.

ETM music teacher Adrianna Lee has witnessed first-hand the impact the music program has had on the school. She believes that the program has genuinely become embedded in the school’s culture.

“I have heard such wonderful feedback from many of the teachers at the school. Before the winter break, I took the select chorus caroling around the school. The 1st-grade teacher told me that it was such a lovely gift to both the kids and teachers and that no one had ever done anything like that with such energy and enthusiasm. Recently, I spoke to the receptionist who said that she was so impressed by the quality of the kid's singing. She said that there were so many kids who were participating with such enthusiasm and that she had no idea how many kids were so talented at the school. Finally, she thanked me for bringing it out of the students in a way that she'd never seen.”

The students’ hard work culminated in a spectacular spring concert in April. The auditorium was packed with parents, guardians, and members of the community. Each song was greeted with thunderous applause as the students beamed with effusive pride. Ms. Lee had the students sing advanced repertoire that included songs in different languages, such as Spanish, Hebrew, Zulu, and Swahili.

This marvelous event was emblematic of how far the music program has gone today and how much music education can accomplish in just one year. Next year, P.S. 277 hopes to start an orchestra program, which will give students another opportunity to further develop their music skills.

Your support has been instrumental in the success of P.S. 277’s music program and the success of all of our first-year partner schools. You have helped to expand the horizons of students, foster a deeper appreciation for music within the school, and bring together the community. Help us promote music education in inner-city schools by sharing this report with your friends and family. Let them know the impact their donation can have!

Students are deeply engaged in music instruction!
Students are deeply engaged in music instruction!
Student perform with pride at a spring concert!
Student perform with pride at a spring concert!

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Band students pose after a concert!
Band students pose after a concert!

We’re halfway through the school year, and because of your generous support, our partner school students are fully immersed in their in-school weekly music classes. By now, music instruction has begun to take a clear shape, with teachers sculpting students’ minds through new musical concepts and skills, and students transferring this knowledge beyond the classroom and into their daily lives. These experiences can transform a child’s personality and their attitude towards school, most especially the students at our first-year partner schools—many of whom are receiving music for the first time.

For instance, Arianna, a second-grader at PS 8 in the Bronx, is using music to focus her energy and to develop stronger social skills. Arianna is a very rambunctious and energetic child. During the beginning of the year, it was difficult for her to sit still and to follow directions. Arianna’s outbursts would distract her classmates during instruction and she would have trouble connecting with them, often feeling isolated from peers. Participating in movement and group activities in music class is giving Arianna a means to channel her energy and helping her stay at the same pace as her classmates. Arianna also now happily assists her ETM music teacher, Ms. Feinberg, in passing out worksheets and collecting homework during class. Because music has given Arianna an outlet for her energy, her focus and concentration have improved significantly. She is positively engaging with her peers and listens carefully to directions.

One day, at the start of class, Arianna called out happily, "Music! We have music!" Then Arianna ran over to Ms. Feinberg and gave her big hug, offering her a drawing. Ms. Feinberg shared, “It was a picture of me smiling, and it said ‘Music Teacher’ at the top. Arianna said, ‘It's you! Do you like it?!’ I told her that I loved it and that it warmed my heart. I thanked her and told her that I couldn't wait to show it to all my friends and family. I gave her a big hug and said, ‘Let's start music class!’ Arianna nodded joyfully and sat in her spot, and has been able to stay in her spot during every class since.”

Arianna’s school, PS 8 is a first-year partner school located in the Fordham Manor neighborhood of the Bronx. The partnership between P.S. 8 and ETM began when the school’s principal had a dream of bringing music education to the K-5 school’s nearly 1,100 students. After learning about ETM’s music programs, she turned her dream into a reality. Now every student receives weekly music instruction provided by two music teachers, and this past December every student performed in a winter concert. Because of wonderful donors like you and your kind contributions, schools like PS 8 who have never before had music are now able to share the gift of music education with their students—deserving children like Arianna.

We thank you for supporting our mission and believing in our students! Help us promote music education in inner-city schools by sharing this report with your friends and family. Let them know just how far their support can go!

A saxophone player gets into his groove!
A saxophone player gets into his groove!
Band students play with dedication!
Band students play with dedication!
Young students sing at a holiday concert!
Young students sing at a holiday concert!

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Education Through Music, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.ETMonline.org
Project Leader:
Katherine Damkohler
Executive Director
New York, NY United States
$3,372 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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