In an effort to increase the number of students we serve, Education Through Music (ETM) continues to expand its New York City Partner School Program. ETM will add six new partner schools, and help provide music instruction to over 15,000 students in 30 schools in New York City, during the 2013-14 school year. The new partner schools include: PS 42, PS 294, PS 357, PS 359 and MS 566 in the Bronx and PS 154 in Queens.
PS 42; 1537 Washington Ave; Bronx, NY 10457
PS 294; 1425 Walton Ave.; Bronx, NY 10452
PS 357; 800 Lydig Avenue; Bronx, NY 10462
PS 359; 750 Concourse Village West; Bronx, NY 10453
MS 566; 2545 Gunther Ave.; Bronx, NY 10469
PS 154; 75-02 162 Street; Queens, NY 11336
As in the past, the process of selecting new partner schools has involved finding engaged principals who support music education and its role in a child’s academic routine. Young schools like PS 294, PS 357 and PS 359, in particular, seek to introduce a high-quality music program that can grow and develop alongside their schools, and create a school community that values the arts. These schools currently plan to add 1-2 grade levels each year until they reach capacity.
In addition, to these new partnerships, ETM will launch elective band programs open to students in 5-8th grade at three returning partner schools: PS 103 in the Bronx, MS 7 and St. Mark the Evangelist, both in Manhattan.
All ETM partner schools will deliver every child at their school with general music instruction that provides students with musical knowledge and skills, and is taught by qualified music teachers. Music Teachers were provided with extensive training and professional development at the ETM Academy held in August 2013 in Oberlin, OH, and will receive ongoing support in areas of curriculum development, classroom management, and student engagement. “ETM is thrilled to continue to expand our model to reach more students,” says Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director of Education Through Music. “We look forward to both implementing the model at new partner schools and building sustainable programs at our returning schools.”