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Quarterly news from Education Through Music

Encore! Joshua Bell Performs to Support ETM On January 15, 2013 violin virtuoso Joshua Bell graciously lent his home for an Education Through Music (ETM) friendraiser to help grow ETM’s supporter and donor base. Guests, from the entertainment, finance and philanthropy communities, gathered to hear the Grammy Award-winning violinist perform and speak on behalf of Education Through Music. A queue of well-dressed guests sipped on champagne and mingled in a star-studded crowd with the likes of Christine Baranski, Julianna Margulies and husband Keith Lieberthal, Tommy Hilfiger, Gayle King and the Laurens: Ralph, Ricky, David and Lauren Bush. The evening’s host committee was also peppered with famous, boldfaced names such as Harvey Weinstein, Christine and Steve Schwarzman, Glenn Close and David Shaw, and Meryl Streep. Bell, who was accompanied by Sam Haywood on piano, was introduced for his performance by Education Through Music’s Executive Director Katherine Damkohler. Damkohler described Bell to the crowd as a “constant supporter [whose] personal visits to our schools have been

Keith Lieberthal and Julianna Marguiles with 2013 Gala Honoree Richard Bernstein

a priceless gift to our children.” Between pieces, Bell—a member of ETM’s advisory committee since 2004—retraced his earliest experiences at an ETM partner school: “I felt like The Beatles,” he told the spellbound audience. “I was amazed. They [the students] were prepared for months ahead of time and knew all my music—they were too young to realize I was not a rock star. But they had music in their lives. I was so touched by it.” Continued on page 2

Joshua Bell gave a special performance in January as part of an ETM Friendraiser Photos: Chris Marolf/ETM

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Founders Eldon C. Mayer, Jr. Edmund R. Schroeder Administrative Staff Katherine Damkohler Executive Director

Rainah Berlowitz Director of Operations

Katherine Canning Director of Development & Program Evaluation

Tim Lemberger Director of Marketing & Communications

Kristen Pappas Evaluation Associate

Leslie Gordon Maraiya Hakeem Krystal Valentin Development Associates

Lina Li Bookkeeper

Program Staff Peter Pauliks Director of Programs

Nicholas LaFleur Assistant Program Director

Chris Marolf Professional Development & Consulting Specialist

Meryl Cullom Allison Mickelson Field Supervisors

Lisa Marie Persaud Program Administrator

Board of Directors Michael R. Schaefer Chairman

Emily H. Susskind Robert A. Weisstuch Vice-Chairs

Katherine D. Elliott Treasurer

Edmund R. Schroeder Chairman Emeritus

Aly Alibhai Rick Dobbis Jennifer M. Goff Victor J. Goldberg Karen M. Karlsrud Mara L. Klein Anthony F. Lo Cicero Andrew J. Malik Joseph F. McDonald Lori A. Murphy Nancy P. Northern Amie Patel Edward J. Petner David E. Stiepleman Manoj Susarla Advisory Committee Joshua Bell The 5 Browns Misha Dichter Peter Flanigan Marilyn Horne Jane Remer Thomas Sobol Harold Tanner

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Since his visit, Bell has dedicated much of his time and resources to inspiring inner-city students through classical music—making the genre fun and accessible to a new generation. As a true ambassador, Bell also articulated ETM’s purpose to the crowd with ease: “It’s not necessarily about trying to find the next Yo-Yo Ma; having music in these kids’ lives is going to make a huge difference…for some reason [music education] gets cut from the curriculum, but it’s as important as reading and writing.” Among the attendees moved by Bell’s words was Richard Bernstein, the executive vice chairman of

commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley, and a passionate music education advocate. Mr. Bernstein, a classical pianist, is the honoree for ETM’s 2013 Children’s Benefit Gala. The Gala will be held this April at Cipriani 42nd Street and feature a performance by Joshua Bell and Mr. Bernstein. For more information about the Children’s Benefit Gala please visit www.ETMonline. org/2013gala. See the centerfold for additional photos from the Joshua Bell Friendraiser.

Breakfast with the Band & Orchestra Each year, new band and orchestra students have their debut performances in January, introducing themselves to their peers and parents. Called “Breakfast with the Band” or “Breakfast with the Orchestra,” first-year ensembles invite their parents and school communities to hear them play and then to talk about the program over juice and bagels. This school year, ETM offers band at six partner schools and orchestra at six partner schools. Breakfast with the Orchestra at M.S. 529 in the Bronx, for example, was a celebratory event that drew many parents as well as ETM staff and a liaison from newly elected Councilman Andy King’s office. The orchestra played a series of short pieces, finishing with a blues song that demonstrated their understanding of the blues progression. Parents snapped photos and recorded videos throughout the show, clapping and cheering for their kids. After the finale, ETM Ensemble Instructor Brittany Kolodziej took the

microphone and expressed her gratitude for the students’ hard work and focus, the school faculty’s support, and ETM’s guidance. Her huge smile conveyed her pride in her orchestra students. Principal Patricia Wynne then walked to the front of the auditorium to share her excitement about ETM and having a music program at her school. “I’m so excited, I almost don’t have the words,” Principal Wynne said. “But music has become a part of our school here, so that I could not imagine us without it.”


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ETM Welcomes New Board Members ETM is glad to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors this winter, Aly Alibhai and Manoj Susarla. Mr. Alibhai is a Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Citigroup Global Markets in New York. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma and a BSc. in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia. He resides in New York City with his wife and two children. He and his family are music enthusiasts and are advocates of immersing children, including their own, in music education at an early age. Manoj Susarla is a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Special Situations Group, an investing group within the firm. A native of Vestal, New York, he is also a talented and committed musician who served as Principal Violist with the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra as well as the organization’s President and Treasurer. Mr. Susuarla graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Mathematics and International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, concurrently with a BS in Economics, with concentrations in Finance and Management, from the Wharton School, in 2004. He currently volunteers as a tutor and mentor to disadvantaged students in the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving sponsored by the Art of Problem Solving Foundation.

Professional Development: Support for ETM Teacher For the 2012-2013 school year ETM has adopted a new professional development (PD) format to better support our partner school’s academic teachers. Rather than aim for shallow “integration”—a popularized buzzword—for incorporating musical concepts into curricula, ETM strives to bridge classrooms and develop sustained support for music education. “In an effort to add consistency and ‘follow-through’ for the teachers, we have shifted the schedule allowing for more frequent face time,” stated ETM’s Director of Programs Peter Pauliks. In past years, workshops were held twice a year in 60 to 90 minute sessions. ETM is now providing short, 20 to 30 minute, monthly PD sessions at all of our partner schools. ETM also supplements PD sessions with its “Class Notes” newsletter—geared toward non-music teachers. The digital version of “Class Notes” contains links to audio and

video resources that encourage greater collaboration between music and academic teachers through use of musical strategies. Each newsletter features a topic that reinforces key skills and expectations outlined in the Common Core Learning Standards. The new professional development approach emerged from feedback provided in last year’s classroom teacher surveys and from ongoing dialogue with school principals. The new format also allows ETM to engage in advocacy by building supporters from within the school community as Mr. Pauliks explains: “We teach music because it teaches kids to think. Learning music as a core discipline requires students to process information differently. Through musical examples and challenges, we ‘catch’ our teachers thinking and ask them to reflect on those activities and the impact they have on academic coursework.”

ETM Academy Continues Throughout the Year ETM Academy is continuing throughout the school year, with sessions held during the months of November and January. Facilitated by Director of Programs Peter Pauliks and the program staff, these six-hour long workshops provide professional support for ETM music teachers. The January session focused on a unit entitled ‘Recorder Power,’ where music teachers played the instrument and addressed questions surrounding why this particular instrument is taught. Teachers spent time brainstorming strategies for effectively teaching recorder and also shared ideas with others on presentation ideas for classroom lessons. Afternoon activities included discussions on winter concerts,

including the “Breakfast with the Band” events in January, and teachers’ expectations and goals for the remainder of the academic year. Music teachers also discussed method books and how to get the most out of classroom lessons and full ensemble rehearsals. Teachers were given time to look at and take some of the year-end assessments, spend time working on their curriculum maps, and discuss shaping the end of the school year in preparation for spring concerts. At the end of training, each teacher was provided with ETM’s teacher manual, student book, and accompaniment CD.


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Scenes from Holiday Music Concerts

Students from MS 180’s band ensemble.

A PS 169 student plucks on the bass— showcasing his musicality.

An MS 180 student waits for her instructor’s next direction.

Students project their voices at the holiday concert.

Students giving a spirited performance. Photos: Chris Marolf/ETM


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Joshua Bell Performs for ETM Friendraiser Patrick McMullen Company

A student holds her violin in rest position.

Ralph and Ricky Lauren with Education Through Music event hosts Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren.

Students add choreography to liven the holiday performances.

ETM supporters Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, and Joshua Bell. Patrick McMullen Company

Lily Cowles, Joshua Bell and Christine Baranski. Gayle King


Volunteers Raise Funds for ETM Programs In October, Princeton University’s Katzenjammers, a co-ed a cappella group, used their talents to host an on-campus benefit concert for ETM. This was the third year the Katzenjammers held a concert to support ETM programs. A band of employees from New York Life Insurance also held their third annual ETM benefit concert. Despite having to cancel their first show in New York City, due to Superstorm Sandy, a concert was postponed to late November. The concert was successfully held at the New York Life Westchester campus. In December, students in the Westford Academy Band from Westford, MA dedicated performances at their local holiday bazaar to ETM—helping to fundraise as they spread holiday cheer. Thanks to all of these volunteers for their commitment and support. Whether sharing ETM with friends and family or helping to fundraise, your contribution makes a difference and helps keep music in NYC schools. ETM will continue to facilitate and assist individuals and groups interested in holding their own ETM fundraising events. To learn more about how you can hold an event on behalf of ETM, please visit: http://etmonline. org/donate/fundraise-for-etm

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2012-13 Annual Fund Supporters

ETM thanks the following donors for their generous contributions to our annual fund, as of Feb. 15, 2013. If you wish to join this list, please return the enclosed envelope, call 212-972-4788 or visit to donate. Abacus Wealth Partners Erika Adam Nancy Allen Alternative Investment Group Jennalee Anderson Denise Aronzon and Mike Hehir Ronald Arron Jeffrey Bacon Bangs Russell Foundation Margaret Bartelme Phyllis Bass Nick Beilenson Bert and Joy Bennett Family Fund Thomas Berg Arthur and Regina Berlowitz Rainah Berlowitz Carol Bilotti Louis Bisogni Irene Bisogni-Jortner John J. & Emily Blankinship Daniele D. Bodini Jeffrey Boyar Steve and Michelle Bramwit Eileen Branda and Janet Lazrow Diane Bratcher Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Inc. George Brown Gregory N. Brown David Browning Jeffrey and Mary Elizabeth Bunzel Kyleann Burtt Michael Butera John W. Buzbee Janet and John Canning Katherine S. Canning Patricia and John Carey Anna Carnick Mark and Jean Carucci Annie E. Casey Foundation Chase Community Giving Program Brian Chase Jacqueline Cheney Courtney Clark Margaret Conover Erika Crable Margaret Crotty Ray and Meryl Cullom Marissa Curry Sara Cutler and Robert Shaw Ronald Damiano Katherine and Walter Damkohler Dancing Tides Foundation John and Sally Davenport Evan R. Dawson Michelle DeBlasi Wendy and Lloyd Doigan Ellen Donnelly Charles and Nancy Dougherty Daniel Driscoll Joshua Easterly Richard Eisenberg Katherine D. Elliott & Richard Abramson Sheldon H. Elsen Joan Falk Peter and Judy Feldman Bryce K. Ferguson Chris Fiore Kathryn Fleischer Karen Forbes A.H. Frelinghuysen Marc Friedman

Rona and Howard Geiser Michael and Mary Gellert Rhonda Gething Ruth Bader Ginsburg Jennifer Goff Victor J. Goldberg and Patricia A. Waldeck Robert Goldstein & Stephanie Klein Ann Saunders Gordon Jody Gordon Leslie Gordon Eugene Goring, II Gramercy Park Foundation Edward Grebow Christina Greig Allan Gropper Jonathan and Jaina Grunfeld Liz & Randy Guggenheimer M. Hakeem James Halston Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Handelman Edward Handelman Fund Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Handelman Dena Harris Alison Fried and Michael Harwayne Gordon Henderson Thomas Hoddinott Mary Hoholick Joshua Hopkins Cynthia Hudson Jackie and Sol Israel Carrie Jackson Gretchen N. Jackson Joshua Jackson Catherine Jameson Jockey Hollow Foundation Peter M. Jung Henry and Rita Kaplan Ethelle Katz Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaufman David Kent Carl E. Kessler Family Foundation Anna Kirkorian Kenneth Klein Linda Koenigsberg Michele Lamb Douglas C. Lane & Associates Kathleen Lavery Dorothy Lee Tim Lemberger Steven Levi Blandine Lewine Lina Li Oliver Libby The Limited Doris Lindbergh Christopher Linehan Janet Locher Deborah Low Edgar J. Lugo Lutz & Carr Jaime Lutz Dennis and Ann Marie Lynch The MacDougal Family Foundation David Makower Anita and Michael Malina Emily Malinowski Mr. and Mrs. Peter Malkin John and Susanne Manley David Marcus Colleen Margiloff Joan Mark


Education Through Music Newsletter Jeffrey Marlough Dr. Terrence Martell Francisco Martins Richard Mathews Joanne and Norman Matthews MBIA Foundation Scott McCrossin Andy and Gayle Meyer Kamy Miller Stephie and Bill Miller Sandra Mintzes MissionFish Mitsui & Co. (USA) Stephen Moeller Erin Morales-Williams Jeffrey Morrison Nancy Morrison John and Helen Morrow Mario and Maureen Murialdo Norma Myers New York Life Insurance Co. Rose Niemczak Eric Nikoloff Ron and Fredi Norris Ron and Kathie Olson Open Society Institute Matching Gifts Sara A. Oppenheimer Cori Palladino Elsie Pan Kristen Pappas Amie Patel Joan Pellegrini PennyClick Donor Advised Fund Thomas Perrotta William Peterson Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Jerry and Deb Phillips Kathryn Phillips Brian and Rosemarie Pichichero Joseph Plummer Sidney Polansky Brigette Potgietter Alexander Powell and Ju-Yi Yen Scott Rankin

C. Claiborne Ray Kimberlea Shaw Rea Michael Reifman and Rachel Goodman Bruce Reiser The Renaissance Foundation Gloria Rice Eric Richmond Jeremy J. Roethel Julie Rubinger Richard and Noriko Rubinger Safeway Construction A. Chester Safian Hanna Salvatore Sam Ash Music Max and Lisa Samaan Megan Sanders Katherine Saunders Sylvia Saunders Frank and Susan Schaefer Michael Schaefer Christine Schierwagen Bill Schmidt Andrew Schorr Christopher and Sandy Schroeder Elaine and Edmund Schroeder R. Schwartz The Scoob Trust Foundation Seevers Family Foundation Janet Z. Segal Evelyn & Jerome Seidman Joan Selig Gabriela Shelley Robert Siconolfi Katie Sigelman Simple Actions Family Foundation James Smith Marie Smith Claire Snyder Harriet Sobol Amy Solas and Richard Klein Travis Spalding Aaron and Martha Spital Mark and Tracy Spitzer Gwendolyn Spizz

Rachel Springer Renee Stahl Stephen Stamas James Stenborg The Stetson Family David Stiepleman and Carey Lifschultz Laura and Peter Strauss Neal and Connie Sullivan Marilyn Susskind Nicki and Harold Tanner Iven R. Taub Maureen M. Thomas Corky and Greg Thompson Daniel Tichio Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Trotta Seth Turner Mr. and Mrs. Thomas I. Unterberg Kathy and Chester Urban Krystal Valentin Jerome and Mary Vascellaro Venable Foundation Katy Vrondissis Nandi Wagner Candace Wainwright Eric Wall Darrell Walsh Philip Waterman Jr. Bill and Andrea Watson-Canning Alan and Charlotte Waxman Leslie Wayne and Don Porcaro Mr. and Mrs. Alan G. Weiler Sharon Greene and Shel Weinberg Philipp Weis Donald N. and Susan C. Weisstuch Westford Academy Band Helmut and Caroline Weymar Amelia Wierzbicki Edgar Worster Jonathan and Marianna Yellen Ann Zagoreos Alison and Buzz Zaino Daniel Zinman Arnold J. Zurcher, Jr. Anonymous (13)

Bolded names indicate donors who have contributed $1,500 or more. This list does not include event-related gifts. We apologize if we have inadvertently omitted or misspelled any name. Please advise us of any errors so that we may correct our records.

Foundation, Corporate & Government Supporters 2011-12 and 2012-13 Allstate Foundation Altman Foundation American Eagle Outfitters Foundation Bangs Russell Foundation Bettina Baruch Foundation Bay and Paul Foundations Best Buy Children’s Foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies Annie E. Casey Foundation CMA Foundation Colgate-Palmolive Company Con Edison D’Addario Foundation Dancing Tides Foundation Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Electronic Music Umbrella William and Muriel Elliott Foundation Edward A. Fogel Foundation Ford Foundation Sidney E. Frank Foundation

Gannett Foundation Gilder Foundation Foundation for Global Sports Development Goldman Sachs Gramercy Park Foundation Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation Susan and Richard Hare Family Foundation Hearst Foundations The Hyde and Watson Foundation Jockey Hollow Foundation Carl E. Kessler Family Foundation Emily Davie & Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation The Elroy and Terry Krumholz Foundation Douglas C. Lane & Associates The Leir Charitable Foundations Manhattan Borough President’s Office MBIA Foundation Mertz Gilmore Foundation MetLife Foundation New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

ETM’s programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Education New York Community Trust New York State Council on the Arts Newman’s Own Foundation Henry E. Niles Foundation The Nord Family Foundation Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation RBC Wealth Management May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation Scoob Trust Foundation Simple Actions Family Foundation Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation Sprint Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation Target Tokio Marine Management TPG Capital, LP Michael Tuch Foundation Ullmann Family Foundation Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation Young People’s Music Program

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Richard Bernstein Christine Baranski, Master of Ceremonies and Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning violinist with students from Education Through Music partner schools

April 10, 2013 Cipriani 42nd Street


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Sound Off Newsletter - Winter 2013  

Education Through Music, a nonprofit music education organization, produces a quarterly newsletter to publicize our work.

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