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Music Instruments & Supplies for NYC Kids

This project will provide instruments, materials, and supplies to inner-city children learning music in NYC. In 2015-16, ETM is launching new programs at 16 schools in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. This project will allow over 8,000 students to participate in music class, many for the first time. It is vital that students have access to materials and supplies that makes music education engaging, as music-making teaches them cognitive skills, self-confidence, and creativity.
About Our Partner

Education Through Music, Inc.

Education Through Music (ETM) was formed in 1991 with a mission to promote the use of music in inner-city schools and schools in disadvantaged areas, as a means of enhancing students' academic performance and general development. At ETM, we believe every child deserves a well-rounded education: one that includes music both as a subject in its own right and as a means of supporting learning in other areas. ETM makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no exposure to the arts, uses music instruction to strengthen students' ability to learn in all areas, and works to build schools' capacity to sustain programs.

The Problem

Over 8,000 disadvantaged children in 16 NYC schools (located in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island) will be receiving music education for the first time during 2015-16, but their schools do not have any materials and supplies for the new music classroom. We are also identifying new partner schools for 2015-16, and they will also have brand-new needs.

The Solution

This project will support the purchase of instruments and educational materials for first-year partner schools. Needed instruments include xylophones, drums, and clarinet reeds. Based on success at other ETM partners, we want to outfit the music classroom with a wide variety of instruments to help students remain focused and engaged, with instrument parts so that all are working instruments to help students apply musical skills, and with crucial musical accompaniment.


With these instruments and supplies, the music teachers can create a learning-friendly environment for these students, and provide instruction that will support learning in music, critical thinking, and general development like self-esteem and motivation. Your support will give teachers the tools to create engaging lessons and make the new music program an unforgettable experience for over 8,000 students.

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