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By ETM Instructional Supervisor Beth Buehlman
March 20, 2020

As an ETM Instructional Supervisor (IS), I’m responsible for guiding a cohort of 11 music teachers as they navigate their music instruction, ensemble rehearsals, performances, and generally manage an NYC classroom. 

Earlier this month, when NYC schools closed and announced a complete transition to distance learning, I thought to myself, “I am so ready for this. And so is my team.”

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Don’t Miss a Beat: Distance Learning and Music Education

By ETM Music Teacher Anna Wray
March 30th, 2020

I won’t lie: it hasn’t been easy to transition to distance learning.

I’m the music teacher at PS 48 in Queens, a job I love. Part of what has always been so rewarding about being a music teacher has been hearing my kids’ voices, feeling their hands against mine when we clap, and watching them smile when we learn a new song.

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“Children need different avenues to show their skills – and I think music and the arts provide that” 

by Jennifer Williams
January 16, 2020

For many parents of students at Education Through Music partner schools, getting to see their child not only playing an instrument, but performing live on stage, is an opportunity they wouldn’t want to miss. Learn more about how “Breakfast with the Ensemble” gives families a chance to learn more about what their children are doing in music class and sit down and have a nice meal with them.

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“I don’t think I would have discovered my true passion without Education Through Music.” 

by ETM Staff
January 09, 2020

Education Through Music has profiled former ETM student Crystal Santiago over the years and we are happy to bring you an update on how her access to music education at a young age continues to inspire her journey.

Read Crystal’s Story 

“My life story has been completely changed because of Education Through Music.” 

by ETM Staff
January 09, 2020

“I would not have made it to where I am today without [ETM] and… the instruction, inspiration, and passion that started me on my journey.”

Read Brandon’s Story 

“Music has given me a voice and a form of expression that is indescribable.” 

by ETM Staff
January 06, 2020

When Cassie began sixth grade, her school’s partnership with ETM meant that she had access to quality, comprehensive music education for the first time.

Read Cassie’s Story 

“5 tips to BUILDING the perfect repertoire” 

by Stephanie Nantell
December 19, 2019

Education Through Music’s Instructional Supervisors give their tips on putting together the perfect concert song list, or repertoire, to help showcase your students’ talents!

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Music has brought me to so many places I never imagined going 

by ETM Staff
December 12, 2019

Like a lot of students in NYC, Rachel had limited access to music education when she first started school. The most she could hope for was an occasional class in her school.

That all changed when Rachel entered 4th grade at P.S. 103 in the Bronx, and her school launched a partnership with Education Through Music. 

Read Rachel’s Story 

ETM Academy: Building a Community of Music Teachers

by ETM Staff
November 19, 2019

Each summer, our ETM Academy provides two weeks of professional development (PD) for all of our new and returning music teachers. New York City’s Department of Education offers limited PD for music educators, so for many of our teachers, ETM Academy is the most important training they receive all year.

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When the Teacher Becomes the Student

by ETM Staff
November 19, 2019

“I’m assigning different roles for those challenging students, ways for them to engage in a manner that is comfortable for them.”

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Donor Spotlight: Sanéa and Alina Honor Their Father by Supporting ETM

by ETM Staff
November 19, 2019

“I am so excited about this collaboration for children, music, and supporting the thing my dad valued and enjoyed most in life.”

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Closing the Music Ed Gap Before it Starts

by ETM Staff
November 19, 2019

This fall, Education Through Music began to test our proven model of music education in a new setting – early childhood center classrooms.

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Pa’lante—Going Forward

by ETM Creative Marketing Associate Daniel Rader
October 22, 2019

“Hispanic Heritage Month makes every Hispanic person feel like they belong,” one student said. And for many P.S. 49 students, the concert is a big part of that sense of belonging: “You get to show off what your country is and you get to be proud of it.”

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Lesson Planing: “fail to plan. Plan to fail”

by ETM Instructional Supervisor Beth Buehlman
October 20, 2019

Lesson plans. You know what they say: “Fail to plan? Plan to fail.” But what does a lesson plan really need? Instructional Supervisor Beth Buehlman takes us through the essentials of creating a well-rounded lesson plan.

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Facing Challenges together: The story of leah and daniel 

by ETM Staff
October 15, 2019

Leawndra Oseghali is a third-year ETM music teacher at P.S. 483 in the Bronx. Like all NYC public school teachers, Leah knows that some of her students have or are facing great challenges in their lives outside of music class.  Learn how the glockenspiel made the difference in one student’s life.

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by ETM Director of Program Partnerships Nick LaFleur
September 17, 2019

Ever wonder how a school becomes an ETM partner?  ETM’s Director of Program Partnerships Nick LaFleur takes us on the “Pathway to a Partnership.”  

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Student essay: “preparing for my school musical”

by ETM Partner School Student
September 2, 2019

Read more about this ETM partner school student’s journey to her school musical.

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Getting Organized: Easy as Do, Re, Mi!

by ETM Instructional Supervisor Naomi Fernandez
August 19, 2019

ETM Instructional Supervisor, Naomi Fernandez, sings the Do, Re, Mi’s to help parents and students stay organized this school year!

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5 ways to incorporate music into your everday life

by ETM Staff
July 11, 2019

ETM Instructional Supervisor Rachael Carson shares her tips on 5 different ways to incorporate music into your everyday life!

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How to Avoid the “Summer Slide”
Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Child Engaged Over the Summer!

by ETM Instructional Supervisor Stephanie Nantell
June 18, 2019

The dreaded “Summer Slide” is approaching – No, we’re not talking about that trombone rental you forgot to return… and unfortunately, it’s a very real thing. Here are seven tips to keep your child engaged, off their electronic devices, and from shouting “I’m bored!”, for the entire summer.

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“The Next joshua bell”

by ETM Partner School Teacher
June 1, 2019

How music education has helped Brandon aspire to become the next Joshua Bell.

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May 13, 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed the newest addition to the Royal Family — a baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor! — and well, naturally it got us thinking: what are some staple songs the new parents should be playing for the Little Prince?

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by Leighann Starkey, PhD, Director of Evaluation
April 18, 2019

ETM is excited to share new results from our data and evaluation.

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Learning vital skills through music

by ETM Partner School Teacher
April 9, 2019

Learn how the power of music helped to transform this students life.

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March is music in our schools month. Why is Music Education Important?

by Joseph Fusca, ETM Instructional Supervisor
March 19, 2019

Every child deserves quality music education.

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Black history month: saluting black musicians and music educators

by ETM Staff
February 22, 2019

Read more about these historical figures.

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The QUest for Better education: will you join us?

by Richard Bernstein, Chairman, Board of Directors
January 16, 2019

Read more from our Chairman Richard Bernstein.

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Achieving academic success through music

by ETM Partner School Teacher
January 3, 2019

Jamal’s journey through music as experienced through his music teacher.

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What do the Holidays mean to you

by ETM Staff
December 21, 2018

Read more about what the holiday’s mean to our staff.

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“Music Inspires me”

by ETM Staff
December 1, 2018

Learn more about April and how music has inspired her journey. 

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Engage. Teach. Motivate.

by Colleen Stewart, ETM Program Director
November 14, 2018

For the 2018-19 school year, ETM has set a theme of “Engage, Teach, Motivate.”

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Music Teacher Khristine Raymond Shares Her Thoughts on National Bullying Prevention Month

by ETM Partner School Teacher Khristine Raymond
October 24, 2018

P.S. 91 teacher Khristine Raymond shares the importance of creating a safe space for her music students.

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Q & A with ETM’s new Executive Director, Joseph T. Amodeo

by ETM Executive Director Joseph T. Amodeo
October 16, 2018

Learn more about Joseph T. Amodeo as ETM’s new Executive Director, in his own words. Joseph joins ETM effective November 26, 2018.

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the flute player

by ETM Partner School Teacher
September 7, 2018

Read more about Kevin as told by his music teacher.

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finding her voice: A Student experience

by ETM Partner School Teacher
August 15, 2018

Experience how Sarah found her voice as told by her music teacher.

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Building Self-confidence”

by ETM Partner School Teacher
July 9, 2018

Learn more about how music class helped build this student’s self-confidence.

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“Building Self-Confidence”