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About Education Through Music


Education Through Music-Massachusetts (ETM-MA) partners with under-resourced schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to transform schools and support learning in other subjects. We build new music programs for schools who need us most, strengthen music programs that exist, and support all programs we work with to become sustainable and long lasting in their school community. We are committed to keeping music alive in all MA schools, starting in Boston.


Education Through Music-Massachusetts believes that every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers. If properly developed and integrated into the school, a great music program has the power to: support learning in other subjects like math, science, and language arts, to support the school in building better bonds with its parent community, to become a regularly and important part of the school culture, and support other areas for overall school transformation.

Our Work This School Year

Check out what we are up to in Boston Public Schools in our Fall 2021 Update Video

Quality Music for All Children

Research shows that when music education is provided as part of the core curriculum, students have more motivation for school and experience an increase for both their self-confidence and their capacity to learn.  

But access to music education is not equal.

Music is still not a guaranteed part of a student’s curriculum. There are many schools in Massachusetts where funding and a lack of resources have caused significant barriers for schools to overcome in order to provide comprehensive music programs for our children.

Education Through Music-Massachusetts is knocking down those barriers and striving to bring music education to all students in Massachusetts.

ETM-MA partners with under-served public schools and lays the groundwork for sustainable music education programs.  We provide and support music teachers to ensure that every child in the school receives music education with a high-quality curriculum.   

By partnering with under-resourced schools without music programming, ETM-MA makes music education a reality for thousands of children who would otherwise have limited or no access to music education. Our programming uses evidence-informed strategies that address the difficulties of implementing and sustaining a comprehensive school music program.

All children deserve a well-rounded education that should include music education.

Our History

Education Through Music – MA was founded in 2019 by Adam Calus – a former Boston Public Schools music teacher. Prior to his work at ETM-MA, Calus was responsible for the revival of the music program at Charlestown High School. He was already running his own nonprofit, similar to ETM, at the time called Music for Schools when he decided to affiliate with ETM / work towards building their MA Chapter. His mission is to bring the amazing work being done by ETM at a national level to disadvantaged schools in MA, starting with Boston Public Schools.