Education Through Music Gears Up for New School Year with Summer Professional Development for Music Teachers

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Over 70 music teachers to take part in ETM Academy, featuring workshops on serving children with special needs, recognizing social structures and creating inclusive classrooms for all children.

Education Through Music (ETM), a New York City nonprofit focused on rebuilding music education in New York City schools, will provide an extensive two-week professional development conference for over 70 music teachers who teach in ETM partner schools. ETM partners with inner-city schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, including students with special needs, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school and self-confidence.

The conference, known as the ETM Academy, will feature education experts to provide music education-focused trainings and workshops for the music teachers. The ETM Academy is made possible through funding by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation; Steinway & Sons; and Solon E. Summerfield Foundation.

The event will take place Aug. 22 - 31, 2016, at P.S. 343Q, 45-45 42nd Street in Sunnyside, Queens.

Featured topics and speakers include:

-Teaching Music to Children with Special Needs
     Presented by national autism expert Alice Hammel
     Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

-Race and Diversity – Creating an inclusive music classroom
     Presented by Natalie Perkins
     Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25 and 26, 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

-Music Pedagogy and Student Engagement
     Presented by music educator Allison Mickelson
     Thursday and Friday, Aug. 25 and 26, 9 a.m. – 12 noon

-Rehearsal Strategies for Ensemble Directors
     Presented by Raymond Stedenfeld
     Tuesday, Aug. 30, 9 am – 12 noon

“Providing extensive, year-round professional development to music teachers is critical to supporting ETM’s mission of providing quality music education as a core subject to all children,” said Peter Pauliks, Director of Programs for Education Through Music. “We believe every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers.”

In addition to the ETM Academy, Education Through Music provides year-round professional development opportunities for music teachers, to ensure the highest quality in music education. In addition, ETM provides support to its music teachers through a tuition reimbursement program for master’s degree classes in music education.

About Education Through Music

Education Through Music was founded in 1991 to promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students’ academic performance and general development. ETM forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary and middle schools to develop sustainable, long-term music programs.

The ETM model currently serves nearly 27,000 students in inner-city schools in New York City, and our model reaches another 10,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. ETM's comprehensive, sustainable music education network has garnered the support of corporations, public policy makers and foundations, including The Music Man Foundation, CMA Foundation, The Jerome L. Greene Foundation, Ford Foundation and D'Addario Foundation. For more information visit

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