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Frequently Asked Questions- General

Frequently Asked Questions- General

What is Education Through Music?

Founded in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the use of music in inner-city schools and schools in disadvantaged areas, as a means of enhancing students' academic performance and general development. By providing year-long, in-school music education programs, ETM makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts.  Our current activities focus on elementary, middle and K-8 schools.

Where are your programs located?

ETM’s partner schools are located in the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. In 2006, ETM licensed an organization to replicate our model in Los Angeles. Beyond its core partner school activities in New York, ETM shares experiences by participating in conferences, and offers consulting services, such as professional development, curriculum development, and model replication. 

 

What impact does your program have on students?

ETM’s programs improve students’ academic achievement, self-confidence, and motivation for school. Ongoing assessment of our programs has found that students receiving ETM's program perform better academically than students in schools with similar demographics that do not receive the ETM's program. Students’ participation in ETM music class and school performances contributes to their creativity as well as to social and emotional capacities. Students in ETM partner schools have also earned higher scores on Math and English Language Arts assessment. 

 

What makes ETM different from other music education programs?

ETM provides inner-city schools with a music educator to serve every child every week throughout the school year. ETM's programs include a comprehensive, sequential music curriculum. We teach music as a core subject, and it is used to support learning in all areas. We work to transition our music teachers from our payroll onto the school's to create a long-term, sustainable programs. ETM advocates to all the school's stakeholders, including parents and teachers.