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.
Nov 21, 2011

Singin' in the Rain

Providencia Elementary Music Student
Providencia Elementary Music Student

On October 25, 2011 the rain didn't stop our music students from singing and performing their hearts out with Ed Helms (The Office) and Michael Bearden (This is It) at the House of Blues.  25 students from Education Through Music-LA partner schools - Castelar, Foster, Providencia, St. Sebastian, and West Hollywood Elementary - showcased their musical skills and knowledge in a crowd-pleasing rendition of Stand By Me at ETM-LA's 6th Annual Benefit.

As we embark on our sixth year, we have expanded our music education programming to reach 1,500 additional students - totaling 4,500.  Furthermore, ETM-LA expanded services within the LA Unified School District and began partnership with 2 new districts - Burbank and Compton Unified.  We are grateful for your ongoing support to ensure more children receive the benefits of a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.  Whether rain or shine, all children should be given the opportunity to smile and shine through the joy of learning music. Despite the enormous continuing budget cuts, with your partnership and contribution, Education Through Music-LA will continue to keep music alive in our schools.

We are grateful for you, and wish you all the best for this upcoming holiday season!


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Aug 24, 2011

ETM-LA Expands Glee-fully

Recorder Students
Recorder Students

As we embark on our 6th year, Education Through Music-Los Angeles expands to serve over 4,000 children with in-school music education, working with the Los Angeles, Burbank, and Compton Unified School Districts. This past spring, Education Through Music-LA held our inaugural Music Unites the World Festival which brought together music students from all of our partner schools - playing and singing in ensemble under the guidance of special guest artists: celebrated teacher Reggie Andrews (former students include Rickey MInor, Tyrese Gibson, et al.), Harry Gregson Williams (composer, Shrek), Lisbeth Scott (vocalist, Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar), and Misha Shtangrud (Colburn).  Our students also shined brightly in their end of the year spring concerts, performing for their families and school communities.

This summer, Education Through Music-LA students were showcased on Oxygen’s The Glee Project.  They worked, recorded, and performed with the top four Glee Project winners, creating a music video of My Chemical Romance’s Sing.  Liam, one ETM-LA student  who participated, shared, “I will keep playing instruments and sing till I physically can’t anymore…because music is my dream.”

ETM-LA also got a special visit from Miranda Cosgrove as part of the Neutrogena Wave for Change campaign with Globalgiving.  We are grateful for all of your support and partnership to help Los Angeles children receive quality music education - and a brighter future!

Students with Miranda Cosgrove
Students with Miranda Cosgrove

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Jun 9, 2011

Students' Lives and Communities in Bloom

Megan ETM-LA 5th Grade Student
Megan ETM-LA 5th Grade Student

As summer approaches, we want to share how your support of Education Through Music-Los Angeles has enriched the lives of our kids this school year!    In our 5th year anniversary, approximately 3,000 children received music instruction, and our students’ lives and communities are blossoming.  Here are some words directly from ETM-LA student, Megan, and her mother, Sophia:

For 10-year old, Megan, she cherishes the music classes she receives every week as a 5th grader. We asked her to share why she loves learning music, and this is what she had to say:

Music helps me express my feelings, and I look forward to music class every week!  I love learning the violin, and find that music helps me in other areas, like math. For instance, we’re learning musical intervals, and I have to add notes together.  Having to read music and see what key we’re in helps with reading.

I don’t often get a lot of chances to play in front of people, so I feel proud getting to perform.  I’d love to be a professional singer some day.  My favorite singers are Kesha and Katy Perry, and I love trying to figure out the notes on my violin. 

Megan’s mother, Sophia shared:

Megan is more positive, and it has brought her out of her shell.  She used to be extremely shy, and now she’s more comfortable speaking in front of people and has helped with social skills. Music is a place for her that she can always turn to.

Our students are not only achieving in music, but also showing stronger development in “all areas” and in their “focus and concentration” (ETM-LA partner classroom teacher).  Come join us at our end-of-the year concerts if you’re in Los Angeles!  We are grateful for your ongoing support and partnership to give at-risk youth quality in-school music education!

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