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.
May 1, 2015

"When I'm having a hard time I can just practice." - Kaia, Student

Kaia with her Drums
Kaia with her Drums

Kaia, a 4th grader at Rio Vista Elementary, was told that drums are for boys. She was inspired to begin playing the drums because no one was going to tell her she could not. This small step will shape how Kaia sees herself and develops as a young woman and citizen of the world. “I decided to play the drums because a lot of boys said that I couldn’t because I was a girl and I just wanted to prove them wrong.”

“Music makes my life better because it’s really, really fun, and it helps me get motivated for school, and when I’m having a hard time I can just practice,” shares Kaia.

Thanks to supporters like you, children like Kaia can continue to thrive through a robust and well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.

On April 17, 2015, along with over 170 other students, Kaia participated in ETM-LA’s 5th Annual Music Unites the World Festival bringing together students from all over Los Angeles County – Chinatown to Compton, Burbank to Boyle Heights and Sylmar to Sun Valley. They were excited to play music with peers whom they had just met and to receive coaching from our Music Faculty members, guest artists and educators including Joseph Trapanese (Composer, Insurgent, Oblivion, Earth to Echo), Misha Shtangrud (Choral Director, Colburn School), and Phil Feather (Studio Woodwinds Musician, Jurassic World, Mad Men).

Kaia 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 over 8,500 children at 20 schools.

We 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!

Kaia with Matthew, Instructor
Kaia with Matthew, Instructor
Music Unites the World Festival
Music Unites the World Festival

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Feb 10, 2015

"Music should be part of every school curriculum."

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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Nov 11, 2014

Thanks to You, Music is Motivating Children in School

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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