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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.
ETM works with schools and community leaders to build the capacity to sustain long-term programming. ETM's primary activities are its multi-year partnerships with New York City schools that lack sufficient resources for school-wide music education. In each partnership, ETM staff works with the principals to design a program that addresses the individual partner school's needs, and incorporates comprehensive, year-long music instruction for every child, including those in special education. Through these programs, ETM seeks to achieve improvements in student performance in and attitudes towards the arts and school; teachers' effectiveness in educating children; schools and community understanding of and support for arts education; and schools efforts toward sustaining programs independently. ETM currently serves over 34,000 at-risk children in 65 schools in New York City.