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Social justice in etm’s music rooms

by ETM Staff
November 17, 2020

Learn more about how we at ETM are challenging ourselves to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work, from our virtual offices to our virtual classrooms.

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5 Ways to incorporate music into your everyday life

by ETM Staff
November 10, 2020

Here are our top 5 great tips, including a fabulous bonus tip, to help you get singing and smiling everyday!

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“Take a moment and enjoy the music”

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
November 2, 2020

Our teachers share their self-care tips.

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We will always have music

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
October 20, 2020

Celebrating distance learning.

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Blended Learning

by ETM Staff 
October 5, 2020

ETM Music Teacher Jorge Quezada shares what it is like to teach during a pandemic.

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my journey to music with ulises solano

by ETM Instructional Supervisor Ulises Solano 
September 28, 2020

Ulises Solano shares his story from growing up as a young child in Costa Rica, discovering his voice at a young age, and how music helped shared his life.

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“Blank assignments”

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
September 24, 2020

ETM partner school teacher Stephanie Allen brings a little humor to all the teachers out there with her original song “Blank Assignments.”

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What’s your favorite childhood song?

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
September 9, 2020

“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”; “The Wheels on the Bus”; “Baby Shark”!

These songs have become synonymous with our childhoods.

In this lesson, you’ll learn traditional songs sung in Chichewa, a Bantu language in Africa; Hindi, and even some lesser-known songs in English!

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ETM eCademy and the Search for the Stones of Knowledge

by ETM Creative Marketing Associate Daniel Rader
August 24, 2020

Every August, ETM music teachers from across the five boroughs come together to participate in professional development, also known as ETM Academy.

This year, however, ETM Academy will be entirely virtual due to COVID-19. eCademy, as we’re calling it, will be tackling new topics that address the unique challenges of teaching during a pandemic.

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“Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!”

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
August 19, 2020

From TikTok to YouTube, quarantine life has given us so many opportunities to get up and move! Our music teachers have some grooves of their own to share with you!

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Let’s Cook! Musical Fun from Our Kitchen to Yours!

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
August 17, 2020

At ETM, we believe that music and food go hand-in-hand. ETM music teachers David Martinez and Brittany Harris have found fun and creative techniques to teach musical concepts while cooking!

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BECOME A BROADWAY STAR RIGHT FROM YOUR HOME!

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
August 8, 2020

Education Through Music’s in-house Broadway guru (and Instructional Supervisor) Beth Buehlman shares with us steps on creating an At-Home Musical.

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Education Through Music’s Musical Scavenger Hunt!

by ETM Director of Marketing Helen Frank and ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
August 3, 2020

We thought it would be fun to create an At-Home Musical Scavenger Hunt, perfect for the entire family for those rainy summer days, or–let’s be honest–those extremely humid days we have been experiencing!

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“MY HEART IS IN HAVANA”

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
July 27, 2020

Can’t travel this summer? Don’t worry, we have got you covered! Travel the world with Education Through Music as we explore some of the world’s most beautiful countries and their music. This week, ETM teacher Daniel Potter teaches us all about Cuba!

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CANTEMOS, BAILEMOS, VAMOS A CELEBRAR!

by ETM Social Media and Content Manager Jennifer Williams
July 21, 2020

Can’t travel this summer? Don’t worry, we have got you covered! Travel the world with Education Through Music as we explore some of the world’s most beautiful countries and their music. This week, ETM teacher David Martinez teaches us all about his native country of Colombia!

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One-on-One with Singer-Songwriter Mikey Wax

by ETM Staff
July 1, 2020

Singer/Songwriter Mikey Wax, whose music has been featured on episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and Keeping up with the Kardashians, understands the importance of a well-rounded education, which includes music.

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Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Child Engaged Over the Summer!

by ETM Assistant Program Director Stephanie Nantell
June 18, 2020

School’s out for summer! Here are some tips and tricks to keep students engaged and how to avoid the “summer slide.”

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“Music is a kind and truthful speech.”

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
June 17, 2020

Learn more about how ETM Instructional Supervisor and her friends have used music to help unite communities.

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From Opera to eLearning: The Whole World is her Stage!

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
June 11, 2020

ETM teacher Hannah Friesen takes her students inside the beautiful world of opera!

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From Now Access to Success

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
June 3, 2020

ETM teacher Jorge Quezada shares his story about growing up without access to music education and how discovering music ignited his passion.

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juggling parenting and working from home during a pandemic

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
May 27, 2020

ETM teacher Sheryl Levine takes on the challenges of being a mom and working from home.

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LIve from New York, it’s Brittany Harris

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
May 21, 2020

Learn how ETM music teacher Brittany Harris brings LIVE music education to her students everyday.

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I get by with a little help from my friends 

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
May 14, 2020

Learn about how our partners have stepped it up to support our teachers and students.

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eTM Gets animated 

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
May 13, 2020

ETM Teacher Stephanie Rengifo brings students inside her animated world of music class!

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Welcome to Mr. Martinez’s Neighborhood

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
May 6, 2020

ETM teacher David Martinez has created a series of educational programming for his students that was varied and exciting, all while showcasing his personality and bringing the fun back into his students’ lives during this difficult time.

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TEACHER Superhero – Brian Wright

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
April 28, 2020

Learn more about how ETM teacher Brian Wright has adapted his classroom techniques to push the limits of distance learning, offering his characteristically high-energy, innovative lessons and songs to his students at home.

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TEACHERS Getting Creative 

by ETM Marketing and Communications Associate Jennifer Williams
April 23, 2020

Ever since NYC schools transitioned to distance learning, Education Through Music partner school teacher Sean Gallagher has been coming up with fun and creative ways for students to make their own musical instruments using items from around their houses.

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TEACHERS SHARE THEIR SELF-CARE PRACTICES

by ETM Creative Marketing Associate Daniel Rader
April 21, 2020

We wanted to know: how are our teachers taking care of themselves? How are they dealing with the stress and anxiety of teaching music during this crisis?

Find out!

Distance Learning: All in the Family

April 15, 2020

For 3rd grader Evan, a student at ETM partner school P.S. 103, and his mom Nicole, who also works at the school, distance learning has brought some challenges.

One challenge? Until recently, their household only had one device, leaving Nicole and Evan to negotiate sharing a device, among other inconveniences brought on by this shift to learning at home. (They just received a new iPad from the DOE, so Evan has a dedicated device, now.)

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Superhero teacher – Kelly Gentry

by Jennifer Williams
April 14, 2020

Read more about one of Education Through Music’s superhero teachers, Kelly Gentry.

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top 5 family-friendly live streams

by Jennifer Williams
April 13, 2020

Have you ever wanted to travel to Paris to visit The Lourve? Or attend a live performance by the incredible dancers at Alvin Ailey? Did you ever dream of Dolly Parton reading you a story?

The staff at Education Though Music have put together a list of the best live streams featuring music, theater, art, and dance you and your family can enjoy from the comfort of your home.

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Transforming our work

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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Keep the music alive

by Jennifer Williams
March 13, 2020

Music continues to inspire every day. It can help bring a smile to your face, trigger a special memory, make you want to get up and have an impromptu dance party!

The staff at Education Through Music shares their tips on how to keep music alive in your life!

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From Page to the Stage

by Jennifer Williams
February 13, 2020

Ever wonder how the music we love is created? ETM Instructional Supervisor Grace Lazos gives her first-hand experience on composing a musical for kids.

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Celebrating black history month

by Jennifer Williams
February 13, 2020

Learn how students at ETM partner school P.S. 87 celebrated by learning the anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

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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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“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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PATHWAY TO A PARTNERSHIP

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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TOP 5 SONGS THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF SUSSEX SHOULD PLAY FOR THEIR NEW PRINCE

by ETM STAFF
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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NEW EVALUATION AND DATA FROM ETM

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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