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About Education Through Music

After reading media stories about the low-quality education New York City students were receiving, Education Through Music founders Edmund Schroeder and Eldon Mayer decided they wanted to take action. After seeing first-hand a school that was utilizing music education to improve educational outcomes, they decided to collaborate in 1991 to provide music education to schools that did not have the resources to teach their children the arts. Since then, Education Through Music has grown into an organization that is reaching thousands of children, giving them the high-quality music education they deserve. Today, what started in one school is now in 65 schools serving nearly 34,000 students.

Education Through Music is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Federal Tax ID #13-3613210.


Education Through Music (ETM) partners with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school and self-confidence.


Education Through Music believes that every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers. Music should support learning in other key areas, including math, science and language arts. Engaged parents and school communities are key to the success of students.

“Music makes me excited to come to school.”- ETM Partner School Student

Watch our video featuring Grammy Award-winning violinst Joshua Bell with ETM Students




Annual Reports

Read our yearly reports about how we are bringing music education to schools.


Get the latest on our work.

Media Kit

For members of the media, download our media kit for more information about ETM.

Fact Sheets

Take a look at our impact.

“There’s a level of creativity that they don’t usually get to tap into in the regular classroom. When they get music, you often see a side of students that you wouldn’t normally see.”

Khristine Raymond

Teacher at P.S. 91, Bronx, NY

“It’s been such a blessing in our home, not just for my child, but for all the children. You can see the difference from when they first started.”

Sylvia Penalo

Parent at P.S. 91, Bronx, NY

“We have had a dramatic impact on the attendance rate. Children are anxious to come to school, predominantly on the music program days.”

Catherine Helfrich

Principal at P.S. 68, Bronx, NY

“Music makes me excited to come to school.”


P.S. 76, Bronx, NY