In this episode, I’m talking with Penny Swift, Executive Director and Katherine Damkohler, Director of National Activities of Education Through Music (ETM). ETM is a New York-based organisation working with under-resourced schools to provide music education as a core subject for all students.
It has experienced significant growth over the last few years, and has an effective model which combines partnering with schools in the poorest neighbourhoods in New York, and employing and training music teachers who then go on to be employed by the schools.
You can listen now below, or on Spotify (search for the name) and iTunes.
What’s in this episode?
We talk about how ETM:
- works with schools in the poorest districts in New York to provide music education as a core subject
- works with every class in each school, for 1-3 years – prioritising ‘long-term, sequential music education’
- works with the Principal (headteacher) as a partner, securing a commitment to sustaining the music programme after ETM’s work is finished
- trains and develops the music teachers they employ, and gets them hired by the school after 1-3 years
- aligns their curriculum with the teacher assessment framework used by headteachers
- works with classroom teachers to understand how music can tie into other areas of the curriculum
- is expanding nationally and internationally and is open to approaches from music educators about their model, and to share learning
Links for this episode
Katherine Damkohler’s articles on the Huffington Post (useful for advocacy!)
ETM’s first evaluation report 2008, evidencing increases in English and Maths scores
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The music for the podcast was created by Otis Hynds, a young person working with Noise Solution.
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