Expanding Horizons Through Music

Expanding Horizons Through Music (EHTM) uses group music-making activities to teach foundational literacy and social skills to preschool students who are homeless or at risk. 

 participate in weekly classroom music sessions throughout the year using simple percussion instruments provided to them by EHTM, and engage with interactive performance programs from YAMA artists and from students from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Classroom Teachers participate in 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.

Parents and Guardians are engaged through special events, multi-lingual e-newsletters, and customized, bi-lingual songbooks and recordings 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.

CURRENT SITE PARTNERS-24 classrooms of early learners

Horizons For Homeless Children, Roxbury, MA
Nurtury Early Education, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Cambridge, MA
Sacred Heart School, Lynn, MA

“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 EHTM partners:

  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  • DCU For Kids Foundation
  • Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund
  • Fuller Foundation
  • Henry E. Niles Foundation
  • Nora Roberts Foundation
  • John W. Alden Trust
  • Johnson Family Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • TJX Foundation



Expanding Horizons Through Music: Musical Parenting Songs Recordings (for workshop participants)

Expanding Horizons Through Music: Songbook Recordings (for program parents)