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Mae C with her trombone (pictured left)
Mae C with her trombone (pictured left)

For ETM-LA 5th grader Mae C whose favorite genres of music include pop and jazz - music is a conduit for self-expression. “I like music because you get to express the way you feel.  I also like the way songs express sadness, happiness and drama,” she says. 

Thanks to supporters like you, we believe that someday, Mae C will have the opportunity to reach her dreams of becoming an animator, architect, and attorney through a robust and well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.

Erica, Mae C’s mother shares how music has positively impacted her daughter’s life. “[Mae C] takes great pride in being a member of the band. She is very responsible about knowing how to play the pieces and she likes showing the new players how to play. Mae C is very good at the trombone and that helps her self – esteem,” says Erica.

She also relays the importance of music for every child: “Music is part of who we are as human beings. At school, it is a group of students making music together.  They have to work together.  They rely on each other and enjoy being part of the whole.  Reading music is another language.  It helps the brain.  Music should be part of every school curriculum. It cuts through all that divides us.” 

Mae C is currently one of over 7,000 schoolchildren we serve at 16 disadvantaged schools with weekly, yearlong comprehensive music instruction.  Our goal for the upcoming school year – and our 10th Anniversary – is to expand to reach 8,500 children at 20 schools.

We are grateful for your continuing support and would love to invite you to visit our music classes in action at anytime.  In addition, as we expand our music education programs, we’d love to hear from you on how we can make the greatest impact in serving school communities with the greatest need. 

Thank you for joining our mission and providing children with hope for a brighter future through music education!

Mae C & students w/ Actor Josh Gad (Frozen)
Mae C & students w/ Actor Josh Gad (Frozen)

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Malik Sow, Master Djembe Drummer with Teachers
Malik Sow, Master Djembe Drummer with Teachers

The last time you heard from us we were just embarking on the 2014-15 school year serving over 7,000 children at 16 partner schools in Los Angeles with weekly music instruction.  We are excited to share stories of how you are directly
impacting our school communities through high quality comprehensive weekly music instruction.

Heather Breene, a dedicated music teacher in her 2nd year of teaching with Education Through Music-LA, is making a positive impact on the Rio Vista Elementary School community.  A Parent from Rio Vista shares, “Kaia is having so much fun and honestly the band program is the only thing keeping her motivated! Wednesdays are now the only day she doesn't gripe about school! I am stunned at how dedicated she seems to be so quickly, she practices more than her older sister on her cello! So, thank you for providing an outlet for our kids. It’s wonderful and we thank you."

Heather shares, “Hearing feedback from parents helps to motivate me further, and let me know that this is truly my calling and what I love to do.”

Other music teachers also provide insight on how the music programs nurture their students’ learning and development. Music Teacher Alex Collie-Hartmann shared one of his favorite moments from the classroom, when “a third grader figured out a complicated musical concept on her own. Not only did she extrapolate the information that was provided but she also applied it even further. This is the type of learning that I love to see.”

Professional development continues to support the music instruction in our classrooms.  On Saturday, November 1st music teachers gathered together for an intensive day of training on such topics as Lesson Planning and Building Aims, Classroom Management, and Using Djembe in the Classroom.  Master Senegal Drummer, Malik Sow presented new and engaging interactive djembe strategies including traditional African styles of drumming.

We are so grateful for your continued support!  If you would like to join our campaign again for this current 2014-15 year, one great day to do so is Tuesday, December 2nd - #GivingTuesday which includes a matching campaign through GlobalGiving!

Thank you for giving our children hope for a brighter future through music education!

Rio Vista Kids Meet Rickey Minor (American Idol)
Rio Vista Kids Meet Rickey Minor (American Idol)
Clarinet Student from Rio Vista Shares her Joy
Clarinet Student from Rio Vista Shares her Joy
Alex, Music Teacher Inspires His Music Students
Alex, Music Teacher Inspires His Music Students
Music Teacher Heather Breene Conducts the Band
Music Teacher Heather Breene Conducts the Band

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Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training
Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training

“I really grew as a music teacher and educator while teaching with ETM-LA [this past year] and I feel developing relationships with the teachers and students of these schools has opened my eyes to the diversity of learners and educators in this world,” shares one Education Through Music-LA music teacher.

Our music teachers are top professional artists and educators from a myriad of musical backgrounds including jazz, Classical, band, vocal, and world music and see on average over 600 children per week throughout such Los Angeles County regions as Burbank, Chinatown, Compton, East LA, and the San Fernando Valley. Through over 100 hours of professional development and mentorship for ETM-LA teachers - including a Summer Course on Kodály Methodology, the ETM Academy at Oberlin in Ohio, and ETM-LA’s weeklong intensive Summer Training Institute, music teachers continue to receive feedback and support to improve upon teaching skills. 

A teacher shares, “Teaching with ETM-LA has revived my desire to grow as a teacher. Having the professional development opportunities and quality feedback has both excited me professionally and stretched me to become better.”

This past year, we our evaluation shows that 100% of music teachers feel the music program has increased their students' focus in school and 100% of classroom teachers agree that music education is a vital part of the core curriculum. 

Education Through Music-LA will expand to 3 new partner schools to serve a total of 16 schools reaching over 7,000 children with sequential, comprehensive weekly music instruction. Every child will receive weekly, yearlong music instruction as part of the core curriculum.

We are seeing the positive results first-hand, and look forward to sharing more updates and stories from the field. Thank you for helping us further our mission so every child may have hope for a brighter future!

Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training
Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training

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Alberto, 4th Grader
Alberto, 4th Grader

Thank you for helping to empower children through music education.  This 2013-14 school year, Education Through Music-LA is serving approximately 6,000 children with sequential, comprehensive weekly music instruction and we are seeing the positive results first-hand.

We want to share story of 4th grader from Norwood Elementary School, Alberto, who his mother this year says he felt “secluded”. “I like music so much because it helps me to calm myself down when I am stressed or angry and I feel is the only way to I can express my emotions out. Music helps me to remember things. Music helps me focus in school, ” says Alberto.  

His mother, Sara also shares, “Alberto has been the kind of child that day dreams a lot, and that was affecting his grades.” However, things have changed since he started learning music in school and participating in the band program:

[Music and band classes] have helped him a lot to overcome this habit, we are still working with him and I believe in the power that music could possibly instill in someone, and I see the results are happening...the more he plays, the more I see he is able to focus more on what he is doing, because it requires a lot of concentration on his part; and I’ve seen that he is now coming to a conclusion that school and music have the same connection in the sense that requires his full attention in order to learn new tones and notes to make the right song.

Teachers also see the impact of music, with 82.5% of classroom teachers in our partner schools noting that the music program has increased their students' focus in school.

"We are not just teaching music, we are teaching life skills that are going to stay with these children for the rest of their lives; by learning to welcome challenges in music class, they are not going to avoid something in life just because it is hard," shares ETM-LA Music Teacher Nicole Elliott.

Music has provided such joy and self-confidence for the children, who are all excited to showcase their learning this spring! This past April over 125 students from our partner schools across LA County came together for our Music Unites the World Festival to learn from and make music with Christophe Beck (Composer, Disney’s Frozen), Tim Davies (Score Orchestrator, Frozen) and Evelyn Halus (Vocal Coach, Jennifer Lopez, Neil Patrick Harris).  And this month of May they’ll not only perform in their school concerts but 2 school groups from Castelar and Dorris Place Elementary will join Actor Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County / My Best Friend’s Wedding) and LA Philharmonic Artists Bing Wang and Joanne Pearce Martin on May 24th for our 3rd Annual Keep the Music Playing Concert!  We hope you will join us!

We look forward to sharing more updates about our in-school music programs and our plans to expand our reach next year to an additional 1,000 more children in Los Angeles County.  Thank you for helping us further our mission so every child may have hope for a brighter future!

Trumpet Student at the Music Unites Festival
Trumpet Student at the Music Unites Festival

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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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Victoria Lanier

Executive Director
Burbank, CA United States

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