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Engage. Teach. Motivate.

02017-2018 Annual Report0



The 2017-2018 school year was one of growth, as Education Through Music (ETM) expanded its footprint to serve 30,000 students in 58 partner schools. As ETM’s model reaches more students each year in our efforts to develop successful, well-rounded, and life-long learners, we also continue to affect more schools and communities.  ETM’s work throughout the school year can be best summarized in three words: Engage. Teach. Motivate.

Engage: When ETM partners with a school, we engage all of its students – including those with special needs – by providing access to comprehensive, sequential music instruction and enrichment.

Teach: Our model is delivered by highly effective music teachers, who are hired, trained and supported by ETM. We provide ongoing, customized professional development to help teachers maximize their impact in the classroom.

Motivate: ETM works with whole school communities, including principals, teachers, and parents, to build music programs that will inspire students today and for years to come. We help schools design music programs that meet the unique needs of their student body.

This year was an amazing time of growth and achievement for ETM in New York City. In 2018, in line with ETM’s strategic goals of expansion beyond NYC, long-time Executive Director Katherine Damkohler transitioned to a new role as Director of National Activities.

As we look to 2019, please join us in our work to ensure that all students have access to quality music education.


Richard Bernstein High Resolution Signature 2016-black

Richard Bernstein
Chairman of the Board

Penny Swift
Executive Director


Music is so empowering. It makes me feel good.”
– ETM partner school student

students receive music education as a core subject on a weekly basis



sponsors an entire year of music education for one child


By The Numbers

qualify for free or reduced-price lunch program
have special needs
are English language learners
are students of color


2 out of 5 children at new partner schools have never taken a general music class before ETM

When we perform, it makes me feel really happy, and say, ‘Wow! We actually did it.’”

– ETM partner school student

4 out of 5 families would have difficulty paying for private music lessons


We are excited for 2019 and the future of ETM. Join us in making it possible.

Read the full 2017-2018 Annual Report and learn more about how we are bringing music education to schools.

2017-2018 Annual Report PDF