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About Education Through Music

What started in one school is now in over 60 schools and provides access to music education to 20,000 students.

After reading media stories about the low-quality education New York City students received, Education Through Music founders Edmund Schroeder and Eldon Mayer decided they wanted to take action. After seeing first-hand a school 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 provides access to music education to thousands of children, giving them the access they deserve.

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

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Annual Reports

Read how we are doing everything it takes to ensure that every child, at every school, has access to high-quality music education.

What Others Are Saying

“If music and education is important, it’s important for everyone”

Leah Potteiger

Music Teacher, M.S. 180

“I love that the children are now able to have their own recorders to play in school and at home. This new music program is truly amazing! It has given my child confidence in singing and playing an instrument!”


ETM Partner School

“I don’t think an education is complete without music.”

Maria Cioffi

Principal, P.S. 483

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


ETM Partner School

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