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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 improve academic achievement, motivation for school, and self-confidence. 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. Music should support learning in other areas, including math, science, and language arts. Engaged parents and school communities are key to the success of students.

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

Founded in New York City in 1991, Education Through Music (ETM) is one of the country’s leading music education nonprofit organizations. Not only have then ensured that tens of thousands of K-8 students have access to high quality music education as a core subject, but they also  help schools and school systems to maintain those programs sustainably and independently. Thanks to continuous growth and proven academic success for their students over nearly three decades, ETM has been able to launch affiliates in Los Angeles, Colorado, and now, Massachusetts.