For three days in July, partner school classroom teachers and ETM teaching artists worked together to develop lesson plans, worksheets, curriculum maps and integrated units. These materials contributed to the first draft of an ETM teacher resource manual, made possible by ETM's multi-year "Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination" grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE).
In addition to creating new materials, classroom teachers gained deeper insight into ETM. Participants commented, "I now see how easy it is to integrate the program with my regular curriculum," and "The panel has sparked and renewed my interest in finding new ways to collaborate with the music teacher." Teachers also indicated that ETM's teaching artist training and mentoring indeed achieve results. One classroom teacher wrote, "The teaching artists are very knowledgeable on curriculum and education terminology, which made it easy to communicate."
The USDOE grant, now in its second year, also supports external evaluation of ETM's programs, technology enhancements, including a redesigned website, and development of a manual for principals and school leadership on managing school-wide music education.