Expanding Horizons Through Music

Expanding Horizons Through Music (EHTM) is a literacy-through-music residency that helps close the kindergarten-preparedness gap for children who are homeless or live in extreme poverty who attend preschools in under-served urban neighborhoods.


IMG_1219Students participate in weekly classroom music sessions throughout the year using simple percussion instruments and custom CD’s provided to them by EHTM and attend interactive performance programs from YAMA artists and from students from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Classroom Teachers observe the classroom sessions led by our teaching artists and participate in professional development sessions and conferences to learn how to effectively integrate music into their teaching.

DSCN1326 Teacher workshopParents and Guardians are engaged through special events, bi-lingual e-newsletters and customized, bi-lingual songbooks featuring musical learning activities they can do with their kids

Site Partners are engaged throughout the planning, implementation and evaluation process, working toward the goal of running the program themselves more and more autonomously until our direct, weekly administration is no longer needed.


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Horizons For Homeless Children, Dorchester
Horizons For Homeless Children, Roxbury
Horizons For Homeless Children, Jamaica Plain
Nurtury Learning Lab, Jamaica Plain

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“Through these experiences, the children are not only learning about new instruments, cultures, movement, and language, they are also gaining confidence and broadening their life experiences. These programs support our strong belief in the value of arts integration.”
-Daryl-Ann Lewis, Former Director, Schoen Family Community Children’s Center, Horizons for Homeless Children

For more information, including how to bring EHTM to students at your healing center, please contact Gail Zarren, Director,  Expanded Arts Access & Healing Arts for Kids at 617-629-9262 x 304 or gzarren@yamass.org.

All  Expanded Arts Access & Healing Arts for Kids programs are supported through the generosity of foundations and individual donors. Help us bring Healing Arts to Kids in need. DONATE.

Special thanks to our sponsors:
Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Deborah Munroe Noonan Fund, Bank of American N.A. Trustee
Fuller Foundation
Henry E. Niles Foundation
John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation
John W. Alden Trust
Johnson Family Foundation
Mabel Louise Riley Foundation