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About Education Through Music

What started in one school is now in 50 schools and provides access to music education to over 18,000 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.


To positively impact student motivation, achievement, and self-confidence by partnering with under-resourced schools to integrate music education into the core curriculum.


To be the leading music education organization whose expert teachers, high quality curriculum, and sustainable program positively impact schools, student learning, and lives.

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

Watch our video featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell


Our People


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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