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.
Jan 24, 2017

Music is an Outlet

Verlaine
Verlaine

This 11th year, Education Through Music-Los Angeles is so grateful to be reaching new milestones in our programming – thanks to you.  In addition to reaching over 12,000 students across Los Angeles with music education each week in school, we have grown our team to include over 30 educators, 9 administrative staff, and over 100 volunteers.

We were grateful to host our 11th Annual Benefit Gala this past December, honoring ETM-LA Advisory Board Member and Actor/Musician Ed Helms, along with Veteran Music Educator Richard Meyer.  Both of these Shining Star Honorees are individuals whose contributions through music have changed our lives.  “The gap in education opportunities in different communities is one of the great social injustices, and Education Through Music-LA plugs right into that in a very smart and critical way,” said Helms.  “Music has impact.  And ETM-LA is a force-multiplier for that impact.  [They] put teachers back in the schools, provide a curriculum, [and] provide resources.” 

Over 60 students performed, including 5th Grader Verlaine self-identifies herself as someone who oftentimes feels stressed at school, especially when she feels judged or is being tested.  However, she shared that music has helped her cope with her emotions.  “Sometimes when I'm mad or when I don't do well on a test, music calms me down.”  Verlaine has been learning the violin through the Education Through Music-LA program at her school, and cites that learning music helps her.  "I like doing music because most of the music I'm learning is happy and joyful; I like to share it with other people to make them happy.  What I love most about music class is that I get to make new friends, and I get better and better at learning the violin.”  When Verlaine grows up, she says, she “wants to be a lot of things.”  The story of 5th Grader Verlaine represents those of countless students across Los Angeles. 

We are seeing the impact of music on a daily basis at our schools and communities, and again thank you for coming alongside our mission.

String Students Shine at ETM-LA
String Students Shine at ETM-LA's Gala
Ed Helms Joins Choir Students
Ed Helms Joins Choir Students

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Oct 26, 2016

Music Helps Students Go 'Far and Wide'

Dorris Place Student Shows Her Love of Learning
Dorris Place Student Shows Her Love of Learning

Through music, our students are achieving in leaps and bounds – learning new music skills which they apply to their everyday lives.  One Education Through Music-LA parent says, “my child is more responsive in school and expressing himself a lot more.” This past September, Dorris Place Elementary students teamed up with Grammy-Winning Liz Rose (Taylor Swift) & Phil Barton at Country Music Hall of Fame (CMHOF) to debut their co-written song – named “Far and Wide” - at All for the Hall at the Novo Downtown Los Angeles. This partnership was an effort to promote song-writing skills in music class as part of regular core curriculum. "This was magical," says Parent Blaire Lennane. “Seeing the kids’ faces light up during rehearsal and on stage reminds us all why we do what we do,” shared a CMHOF representative.

This October, our students at Normandie Elementary in South Central were treated to a special visit by Actor/Musician Ed Helms, Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins.  The kids were mesmerized by the folk and bluegrass music and got to showcase their impressive call and response skills on the song, “Nine Pound Hammer."

Education Through Music-LA is grateful for all of your endless support to further our mission of providing quality music education in disadvantaged LA schools!  With your dedication, our organization is reaching farther and wider to serve more children and communities, meeting these milestones:

  • Serving approximately 12,000 students in 25 partner schools this year.
  • Building our capacity with over 30 music educators on our staff.
  • Providing over 1,100 hours of professional development for our music teachers and school leaders.
  • 100% of classroom teachers we surveyed cited music as a vital part of the core curriculum.

Thank you for coming alongside Education Through Music-LA in our 11th year to make music in schools a reality, and to allow a child to dream and achieve big, far and wide!

Dorris Place Student Smiles at Songwriting
Dorris Place Student Smiles at Songwriting
Ed Helms, Sara & Sean Watkins Bring Music & Joy
Ed Helms, Sara & Sean Watkins Bring Music & Joy

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Jul 28, 2016

Through Music, a Student Learns to Handle Any Challenge

Sunny is all smiles after a violin performance!
Sunny is all smiles after a violin performance!

In our 10th anniversary year, thanks to your support, Education Through Music-Los Angeles was able to reach over 10,000 students with weekly, yearlong music education as part of the core curriculum. The music programs at our Los Angeles partner schools this school year generated positive outcomes for children and school communities. 

Now entering the 9th grade, Sunny was just a 2nd grader when we first met her at our Partner School, Castelar Elementary. We recently caught up with Sunny as an alumna of our programs, and are excited to share through hers and her Grandma’s eyes how music has changed her life. 

Her Grandma’s initial reaction to Sunny’s interest in playing an instrument six years ago was - “tremendously shocked.” There was musical history within the family. However, it had not been handed down to Sunny, or so they thought. Sunny’s first interest came when she was introduced to the violin. She quickly excelled with her raw talent, hard work and guidance. “Sunny improved not only in her grades but as well in her ability to communicate. With her ability to be able to play music she began to improve on her speaking grammatically correct, an improvement in listening, and being able to have more focus when it came to class and homework.” In addition, Sunny’s Grandma stated that she “advanced to the top through music.” She is able to feel “capable” of handling any challenge that is thrown at her.

From her own words, Sunny articulates, “Playing the violin has opened up new horizons for me and given me the opportunity to meet and experience many different cultures from all backgrounds. One thing that I really love about playing the violin is how students unite together through the sound of music. When I am missing my parents I turn to music and prayer. I truly feel that music is the bridge to stop war and hate among all people and bring peace and joy to the world.” “Music is healing,” says Sunny’s Grandma, “and brings people together, unites them, and forms a sense of connectedness.”

We are thrilled Sunny has been accepted to a top arts magnet high school in Los Angeles, and will continue to pursue her dream of being a lawyer and violinist! 

Furthermore, school communities have responded to the impact of music education: Parents, teachers, and principals observed that music contributed to overall improvements in students' ability to think outside the box, stay motivated in school, self-confidence and self-esteem, and ability to pay attention and focus (Community Partnership Survey 2016). When asked on a survey, “Do you think music education is important for the school and community?” -100% of surveyed parents replied, “Yes.”

Thank you for your continued partnership to create lasting change and impact for students like Sunny so they may have equal opportunities for a successful future!

A Look Back at Sunny
A Look Back at Sunny's 5th Grade Graduation
ETM-LA Partners Up with LAUSD for a Music Festival
ETM-LA Partners Up with LAUSD for a Music Festival

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