Expanding Horizons Through Music (EHTM) - literacy-through music for preK students at risk

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 unhoused or at risk. This year-long residency engages students, their families and caregivers, and their classroom teachers to reinforce learning through music.


Students participate in weekly interactive music sessions led by EHTM teaching artists using simple percussion instruments and original songs. Young learners also delight in interactive performance programs from AFLMA artists and from students from the New England Conservatory of Music.

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

Parents and Guardians are engaged through special events, multilingual 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 engaging 24 classrooms of early learners

Horizons For Homeless Children, Roxbury, MA
Nurtury Early Education, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Cambridge, MA
Saint Mary’s School, Lynn, MA


  • Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund
  • DCU For Kids Foundation
  • Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund
  • Eastern Bank Foundation
  • Henry E. Niles Foundation
  • Mass Cultural Council
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Nora Roberts Foundation
  • John W. Alden Trust
  • Johnson Family Foundation
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • TJX Foundation


For more information, including how to bring EHTM to students at your learning center, please contact Residency Program Manager Kaijeh Johnson, or Program Director Gail Zarren

To make a donation to support the expansion of our EHTM program Click Here.


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

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