2016-2017 Annual Report
ETM continued its broader efforts to build advocacy and understanding for music education, influence community support, and facilitate the long-term survival of music programs. In addition to professional development for classroom teachers and collaboration with principals, we conducted outreach to parents. This included requiring music teachers to speak to parents before each student concert to explain why ETM is at the school and why music is an important part of children’s education, as well as conducting interactive parent workshops at a quarter of partner schools.
We continued to promote community awareness and engagement by inviting government officials to student concerts. Some visitors in 2016–17 included: New York City Council Member Andy King and Kevin Riley, Community Relations Director in the New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s office, who both attended the opening of the music technology lab at M.S. 529 in the Bronx. NYS Senator Leroy Comrie and NYS Assembly Member Matthew Titone visited a fifth-grade music class at P.S. 57 in Staten Island. NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera attended the winter concert at P.S. 51 in the Bronx. A representative from New York City Council Member Andy King’s office attended the ETM Festival at Lehman College in the Bronx.
Each partner school provided some level of financial support for their music programs. Of 38 continuing partner schools, nine hired their music teachers to school staff in September 2016, making the music teacher salary a part of the school budget, and 18 increased their direct financial commitment to ETM from 2015–16 to 2016–17. This is in line with our long-term goal of helping schools build music education into their budgets over time.