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.
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:

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


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!

May 9, 2013

Spring is abuzz with music

Students Across Los Angeles Join to Make Music
Students Across Los Angeles Join to Make Music

Spring is abuzz with music-making!  In April, 150 band, strings, recorder, guitar and choral students from 12 diverse schools around Los Angeles – from Downtown to Compton, Sylmar to Pasadena – joined together as part of our 3rd Annual Music Unites the World Festival.  The event kicked-off with coaching sessions for both the 95-piece orchestra and the 55-member choir by top artist-educators Joe Kraemer (Composer, Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise) and Misha Shtangrud (Choir Director, Colburn School of Music). Kraemer engaged the children immediately with his warm and gregarious personality, rehearsing them on their instrumental works of “Fiddler’s Hoedown” (Folk Song/arr. Robert Gillespie) and “Samba del Sol” (Doug Spata). Shtangrud, with his playful demeanor, coached the vocal students on their songs, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Dry Your Tears, Afrika.” Joselyn Wilkinson, percussionist, filled out the performances with her djembé and call and response activities for both the students and parents.

In May, we were honored to host 11-year-old piano prodigy Ray Ushikubo (NPR’s From the TopTonight Show) in our 2nd Annual Keep the Music Playing Event to raise awareness and support for our in-school music education programs. He wowed the crowd with pieces like Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas Op.. 2 and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

This month, over 5,500 music students from our 12 schools will showcase their learning and skills.  Please join us in support of our students at one of their concerts!  Find a concert near you and RSVP at

Thank you for championing music for every child!


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