Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) is thrilled to report on a successful fall semester and wonderful start to 2013! All of our students shone beautifully at their holiday concerts and performed for packed audiences. As the music programs continue to thrive, so do our school communities. One parent from West Hollywood Elementary shared that because of the music program, “[my child is] more willing to learn and challenge themselves.” A parent from Rio Vista Elementary expressed, “my daughter is calm when she speaks about music and performing…it’s like meditation and relaxation for her and an award, too.”
To ensure high quality music instruction, ETM-LA held a series of professional development workshops at the top of the year. Our music teachers came together for two days of intensive workshops to focus on vocal technique as well as teaching strategies for children with special needs. ETM-LA principals gathered for our 4th Annual Principals Leadership Conference to discuss and share best practices in developing and promoting their music programs for long-term sustainability. And we spent an afternoon with the Pasadena Unified School District teachers to present a workshop on Musical Connections to the Common Core. Recently, Lionel Richie donated his piano to ETM-LA, which is enriching the music classes at partner school, Dorris Place Elementary.
Together we are ensuring 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. “[Music] serves as a creative outlet to everyone...[the children] just enjoy it so much,” shared another Rio Vista Elementary School parent. Thank you for your ongoing contribution and partnership!
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