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 21, 2012

Music Teachers Make a Difference

Music Teachers Gather for Professional Development
Music Teachers Gather for Professional Development

Education Through Music-Los Angeles is thrilled to report on a successful start to 2012! This past January, ETM-LA held our 3-day Teaching Training Institute for music teachers at partner school Castelar Elementary near Downtown LA. Sessions topics included Suzuki methodology, Orff pedagogy, vocal and group guitar strategies, and creative music technology tools. By the end of the 3 days, the music teachers were empowered and inspired to implement new strategies they had learned and experienced. One teacher shared, "I thought today was one of the best ETM-LA training days that I have had over the past several years. It was engaging, useful, and I felt that I left with so many incredible tools for my classrooms."

On January 24th, ETM-LA partner school Providencia Elementary received a special visit from Academy-Award winning composer and ETM-LA Advisory Board member, Michael Giacchino. Mr. Giacchino spent the day with the music students, joining in on a violin class and playfully presenting a film composing seminar for all 150 4th and 5th graders. Giving the students an experience they won't forget, Mr. Giacchino inspired the children to work hard at what they love and hold onto their dreams.  

Another ETM-LA partner school, Norwood Elementary also played host to a guest visitor, the President of the University of Southern California, Dr. C.L. Max Nikias. On January 27th, ETM-LA music students surprised their guest with an excerpt from Strauss' Blue Danube on their violins.

ETM-LA continues to fight alongside our school and community leaders to keep music instruction in schools as part of the core curriculum. In the midst of the looming LA Unified School District cuts that plan to eliminate 100% of existing public elementary school arts instruction next year, ETM-LA is working to ensure that music remains a core part of our schools – and that every child, including those in low-income and underserved communities, receive a well-rounded education that includes quality music instruction.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Academy-Award Winner Michael Giacchino Inspires
Academy-Award Winner Michael Giacchino Inspires
ETM-LA School Greets the President of USC
ETM-LA School Greets the President of USC

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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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