As our 4,500 music students get ready for their spring concerts, we want to share the joy you’ve helped to bring through weekly music classes. Students from our ten partner schools are blooming and gaining musical skills and concepts. In March 2012 our students were featured in the National Association for Music Education Concert for Music in Our Schools month, in which millions around the world participate. In April 2012, we hosted our 2nd Annual Music Unites the World Festival, bringing together 135 ETM-LA students to get top coaching from guest artists and educators. On May 1st, the ubiquitous Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover 1 & 2 and The Lorax) shared his bluegrass musical talent and buoyant personality with ETM-LA partner school, Providencia Elementary in Burbank. Helms and his “Lonesome Trio” (Ian Riggs on bass, Jacob Tilove on mandolin) brought bountiful joy and laughter and musical delight to the 400 children during the two assemblies. A member of the Advisory Board of ETM-LA, Helms is a strong advocate for music education and ETM-LA’s mission to nurture students’ development and achievement through music. Also this spring, Executive Director Victoria Lanier was invited to lead professional development for Los Angeles County academic teachers on integrating musical concepts in the academic curriculum (at Skirball Cultural Center) and was also invited to participate in the "Core Reforms Engaging Arts to Educate" (C.R.E.A.T.E. CA) statewide coalition to help plan the next blueprint of arts education in CA. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to keep music in schools for every child!
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!
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!
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!
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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