Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA, Inc.)

Education Through Music-Los Angeles' mission is to provide music education in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum and regular school day in order to enhance students' academic performance and general development. We believe every child deserves a well-rounded education, one that includes music and the arts. ETM-LA was founded in Fall 2006 as the first independent program in the nation based on the Education Through Music model that has been successfully serving New York City schools since 1991.
Feb 6, 2014

Music Helps a Child be More of a Leader

Veteran Teacher Christine DeMore leads Training
Veteran Teacher Christine DeMore leads Training

At the start of the 2014 year, Education Through Music-LA resumed music classes at our 13 partner schools serving over 6,000 children. To prepare for the music classroom, ETM-LA led professional development trainings for music teachers with pedagogical workshops presented by ETM-LA Shining Star and Veteran Teacher Christine DeMore and Program Director Ryan Rowles. Teachers appreciated coming together to further hone their teaching skills. One shared, "I'm very excited for the semester to get started!" In January we also led our 5th Annual Principals Leadership Conference to support school leaders in sustaining their music programs for the long-term.

In our efforts to continue ensuring that every child receives quality music education in school, Executive Director Victoria Lanier joined over fifty arts and cultural leaders in a round table discussion with the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to brainstorm ways to make Los Angeles a strong cultural leader.

Jose, a fifth grader at partner school, Castelar Elementary shares, “When I play new cello songs, it makes me feel challenged and excited to hear and see how fast my fingers can go and it also inspires me. After I perform in a concert, I feel confident. Music helps me to be more of a leader, focused, and calm. Music motivates me to go to school.”

We welcome you to visit our music classes in action at anytime and to become an advocate!  Please visit us at www.etmla.org and see our new PSA!  Thank you for your ongoing support, partnership and dedication to keep music in schools for every child! 

Actor Ed Helms at ETM-LA
Actor Ed Helms at ETM-LA's Benefit (Jose, far R)

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Oct 30, 2013

The Power of Partnerships

ETM-LA Students from West Hollywood Perform
ETM-LA Students from West Hollywood Perform

In our 8th year of programming in Los Angeles County, thanks to the tremendous support from contributors like you, Education Through Music-Los Angeles is now serving approximately 6,000 students in 13 disadvantaged schools located in the Burbank, Compton, Los Angeles, Pasadena Unified School Districts and Greater Los Angeles.

This Fall we kicked off new partnerships with 3 additional schools – Guardian Angel (Pacoima), KIPP Iluminar (East Los Angeles) and Washington Elementary (Burbank) - and expanded existing programs: band instruction at Norwood and Rio Vista Elementary along with glee clubs at Foster (Compton) and West Hollywood Elementary.  Furthermore, the ukulele has been in popular demand by our communities and schools, prompting the inclusion of ukulele instruction in our general music curriculum! 

We are also thrilled to be partnering with local and wide-scale organizations to spread our mission!  From teaming up with Lit Up Writers and American Fiction Writer Holiday Reinhorn, the Fab Faux, Gary Oldman, to singing with Jon Huertas (TV’s Castle) and top a cappella groups around the nation, we are so honored to be working alongside tremendous advocates and artists to ensure every child has equal access to a quality music education in school.

Come join us!  We welcome you to visit our music classes in action at anytime or to attend one of Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ exciting events!  Visit: http://etmla.org/events-news/upcoming-events

Thank you for your ongoing support, partnership and dedication to keep music in schools for every child! 

Music Teachers Receive Training on Ukuleles
Music Teachers Receive Training on Ukuleles

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Aug 8, 2013

Summer Strings and Training

Sydney Smiles with her Violin
Sydney Smiles with her Violin

Although schools were out for the summer, the music continued at Education Through Music-Los Angeles.  Violin students gathered at the St. Sebastian School on a Saturday in June to participate in a videotaping of our first Public Service Announcement, granted by the Women in Film PSA Production Program.  Students got to experience first-hand a film production while they played their violins and showcased the music they learned this year.  The PSA will be released this Fall 2013.

Violin student, Sunny from Castelar proudly performed music for a group of guests at our recent Music & A Makeover fundraiser event in Burbank, along with artists Deborah Hurwitz (Music Director/Conductor Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil), Aliza Pearl, and Hannah Emerson.  “I want to be a lawyer and a violinist when I grow up,” says Sunny.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles is gearing up for a week of intensive teacher training in Oberlin with all of the ETM affiliates in the nation and also join with music educators from Oberlin and Cleveland Institute of Music, and at the end of August, we will locally host in Los Angeles a professional development institute for both new and veteran music teachers. 

We are excited for the upcoming school year as we serve two new schools and an additional 1,000 children – a total of approximately 6,500 children with yearlong music education.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication and support!

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