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Professional Development

2015-2016 Annual Report

ETM provided approximately 100 hours of ongoing training and professional development to music teachers (both those employed by ETM and those who have been hired by partner schools) through the ETM Academy. Training began with seven days of intensive workshops before the start of the school year, with each teacher attending training relevant to their teaching assignment, (e.g. general music, ensembles, grades K–5, grades 6–8). We prepared teachers by strengthening their knowledge of pedagogy and music methodologies, as well as by addressing issues specific to implementing the ETM model in the following ways.


  • Workshop topics included: classroom structure and management, lesson and unit planning, concert repertoire, rubric and assessments, rehearsal strategies, and integration. To follow up on the summer training, 14 additional sessions from September through March covered: teaching ETM’s curriculum benchmarks through choral and instrumental lessons, incorporating different learning styles in instruction, and classroom management.


  • Each music teacher received ongoing mentoring from an ETM Field Supervisor/Music Teacher Mentor, through regular site visits, monthly observations, and informal and formal evaluations. Teachers also had access to ETM’s resource library and could use one another as a support network.


  • ETM also launched a tuition reimbursement program in January to provide support to ETM music teachers in the process of pursuing a master’s degree, a requirement for permanent teacher certification in New York State. This program is supported by restricted funding, and four teachers took advantage of the new offering during its first eight months.