Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth

by Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA, Inc.)
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Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
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Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth
ETM-LA 5th Grader, Odilia
ETM-LA 5th Grader, Odilia

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent traumatic events have been devastating, including a significant decline in students’ mental well-being. According to the article, “Children’s mental health is in crisis” (American Psychological Association; survey by the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago) 71% of parents say the pandemic had taken a toll on their child’s mental health.

5th Grader Odilia believes in the power of music. In her award-winning essay for ETM-LA’s 12th Annual Music Unites the World Festival, she writes: “Music can help you go through bad times while you are sad or just feeling down…you can relate to special songs that motivate you.” She notes that “when you’re motivated, you can overcome many challenges.”

Throughout this challenging time, your generosity keeps students like Odilia motivated and happier. Music has played an instrumental role in building Odilia’s own strength and resilience. “Music helps me get through tough and challenging times… I feel better, calmer, and happier. Music makes me feel happy and motivated to try harder and be a better person.” Odilia’s mom adds that music is “soothing” to her daughter. “It helps her have a better mood, and it gives her encouragement.

“In my future, I want to be a business owner,” Odilia proudly states. In the meantime, she finds joy in her choir class: “I love my music teacher and being able to have fun with music with my friends.”

Odilia’s mom recognizes the importance of music education. “[It] improves learning skills, communication, creativity, and more for Odilia and all students. Studying music helps grow a strong mindset full of positivity, respect, discipline, and intelligence.” Odilia shares, “[I] feel lucky to have a music class, and it makes me feel sad for those who don’t get to experience music.”

Because of your unwavering support, students like Odilia are provided with the life-changing benefits of music education. And you have help nurture these additional milestones:

  • 95% of ETM-LA partner school teachers believe music education should be offered as part of the core curriculum (most recent external evaluation).
  • Teachers reported a 40% increase in student engagement at ETM-LA partner schools, compared to only 7% in other schools receiving no or intermittent music programming.
  • In April, ETM-LA & ETM National’s partnership with NBCUniversal & Illumination/Sing 2 won “Outstanding Collaboration Honoree” at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards.

 

ETM-LA provides quality, yearlong, core curriculum music instruction in under-resourced Los Angeles schools as part of the school day for every child. Since its founding in 2006, ETM-LA has grown from 2 schools and 800 students to reaching approximately 18,500 students at 42 schools in 2021-2022.

Thank you to those who have generously given to help provide long-term, sustainable music education programs and provide equal opportunities to ensure that children like Odilia have hope for a brighter future through music.

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Isaac, 7th Grade Student
Isaac, 7th Grade Student

McKinley K-8 School of Integrated Arts 7th Grader Isaac was spotlighted on the TODAY Show in November featuring ETM-LA. According to Isaac, he was failing school with four F’s across his classes, while also dealing with anxiety “because school can be kind of stressful.” Isaac struggled with expressing his feelings, especially when dealing with anger. His mother confided, “When Isaac was just 1 & 1/2 years of age, his father was incarcerated. And over the years, this seemed to trigger his emotions and anger.”

Isaac added, “I would be emotional and sometimes I would take it out on the wrong people. But when I’m doing music it calms me down, and it helped, so that hasn’t happened in a long time. Music has changed my life in many ways.

Learning music regularly in school continues to generate positive outcomes for Isaac. Not only does he participate in weekly classes, but Isaac also joined the Rock Band and plays piano and guitar. On the TODAY Show, he talked about how his Rock Band and music class have changed his life. He loves to listen to Pop and Latin music with his family to relax and enjoy their time together. Isaac has found motivation in something he loves and is now receiving “straight A’s.”

“[Music’s] made my anxiety better, because school’s kind of stressful. I had like 4 F’s…[now they’re] straight A’s.” 

“Music is really a huge part of his life, as it is with all of us. I do see that music has, and does, help my son. Isaac enjoys coming home and sharing his experience of the different instruments and friends he has made in music,” Isaac’s mother stated.

ETM-LA is unwavering in its mission of working alongside low-income area schools and ensuring equity and access to quality music education in these challenging times, when the joy of music is needed more than ever before. Your support will help ETM-LA continue bringing music and all of its benefits to students across Los Angeles County, and help us close the gap for under-resourced schools that remain deprived of yearlong music and arts programs in their core curriculum.

Thank you to those who have generously given to help provide essential music education services to thousands of students like Isaac across Los Angeles County!

ETM-LA provides quality, yearlong, core curriculum music instruction in under-resourced Los Angeles schools as part of the school day for every child. Since its founding in 2006, ETM-LA has grown from 2 schools and 800 students to reaching approximately 21,000 students at 49 schools in 2022.

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Music Educators Across LA County Explore Mariachi
Music Educators Across LA County Explore Mariachi

We’re back in school! In anticipation of our return to school in-person this Fall semester, our dedicated teachers and local educators came together for ETM-LA’s intensive week-long Training Institute. They explored culturally relevant and diverse strategies for teaching music in under-resourced communities, best practices in classroom management and procedures, student engagement, curriculum design, and more. In partnership with the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Los Angeles, the institute included Strings Workshop: Mariachi in the Music Classroom, led by Juan Rodriguez (Dir. of Instrumental Music, Robert Frost Middle School; VP & President Elect, Los Angeles Secondary Music Teachers Association). This workshop not only supported music educators, but also helped kick off ETM-LA’s celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month!

ETM-LA proudly offers over 100 hours of exceptional training for music educators and over 420 combined hours of guidance for schools across Los Angeles County in their commitment to building long-term, sustainable music programs.

Arvi Lapuz, ETM-LA Music Teacher & Intern Specialist, shared why she teaches music: “I love to see human experiences through the eyes of someone who is just beginning to understand the world of music. I find joy in sharing an appreciation of music with others or to teach them how they can appreciate it. I’ve become so invested in my students and the journeys they are all on.”

View Arvi’s video lesson on Beat vs. Rhythm

ETM-LA is unwavering in its mission of working alongside low-income area schools and ensuring equity and access to quality music education in these challenging times, when the joy of music is needed more than ever before. Your support will help ETM-LA continue bringing music and all of its benefits to students across Los Angeles County, and help us close the gap for under-resourced schools that remain deprived of yearlong music and arts programs in their core curriculum. 


Thank you to those who have generously given to help provide essential music education services to over 21,000 students across Los Angeles County!

 

ETM-LA provides quality, yearlong, core curriculum music instruction in under-resourced Los Angeles schools as part of the school day for every child. Since its founding in 2006, ETM-LA has grown from 2 schools and 800 students to serving approximately 21,000 students at 49 partner schools in Los Angeles County.

 

Arvi Lapuz, ETM-LA Music Teacher
Arvi Lapuz, ETM-LA Music Teacher

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Reese, ETM-LA Partner School Student
Reese, ETM-LA Partner School Student

5th Grade ETM-LA Partner School Student Reese and her family moved to California one month before the COVID-19 lockdown. She immediately faced the challenges of adapting to a new school in a new environment, on top of dealing with the pandemic. Reese became immersed in ETM-LA’s music program at her new school in Canoga Park through distance learning. 

Through the isolation of learning outside of the classroom, Reese shares, “Music class made it easier to get to know more people. I’ve made a bunch of new friends and met some amazing new teachers through music and singing!”

Her mother, Maria, says: “Music class really played a big role in her coping with the lockdown. It was a really great experience for her since it was done through virtual classes. She also gave herself time to play her ukulele and learn new songs that she likes.”

Music helped Reese feel connected to her peers, and Reese’s family back home is so happy seeing her doing well after their move. Maria shares, “Music is important, and studying it will bring a lot of changes and discoveries to children.

Last month, over 100 students from ETM-LA partner schools enrolled in this year’s two-week Virtual Summer Program, where they enjoyed learning and fun while participating daily in virtual strings ensemble, band, or general music and vocal instruction courses.

Each day began with a “Music Health & Wellness” session led by Music Teacher and Therapy Specialist Ricardo Hurtado, during which students shared their feelings, participated in movement exercises, and explored diversity with their classmates. The students then continued onto their specialized classes, which revolved around a jazz/blues theme. Lessons ranged from instrumental improvisation and vocal scatting, to songwriting using instruments and software such as Quaver Music.

The students excitedly learned how to play new instruments and expanded their skills on their current instruments, like David, who joined to “continue [his] drums knowledge.” Hazel expressed her gratitude for ETM-LA’s music program: “It kept music in my life through the pandemic, and then summer.”

Parents and siblings joined in on the fun at home too! An ETM-LA Parent shared: “My kids looked forward to their sessions every morning; they enjoyed being a part of the Zoom community with other kids. They had fun and knowledgeable teachers and were exposed to new music genres, artists, and instruments.”

This past school year, ETM-LA continued to provide uninterrupted distance learning instruction and resources to 46 schools and approximately 19,000 students across LA County. In our upcoming 16th year of programming, your support will help ETM-LA continue closing the gap for low-income area schools that remain deprived of in-school, yearlong music and arts programs. We are more resolved than ever in our mission to support equity and access in providing quality music education.

Thank you to those who have generously given to help provide important music education services to under-resourced schools, and to students like Reese, David, & Hazel!

ETM-LA provides quality, yearlong, in-school music instruction in under-resourced Los Angeles schools as part of the core curriculum for every child. Since its founding in 2006, ETM-LA has grown to serve approximately 19,000 students at 46 partner schools in Los Angeles County.

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While a new year always signals change, what has not changed is the dedication of Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) to bringing hope and joy to students through social-emotional learning-focused music classes, engaging virtual events, and opportunities to showcase students’ musical skills.

Throughout the holiday season, ETM-LA’s typical winter concerts pivoted to become virtual Winter Music Shares, where partner school students demonstrated skills learned in the music classroom on Zoom for family and friends. Each school and grade level performance was unique – from performing “Jingle Bells” using American Sign Language, to singing and dancing, to taking turns playing instruments for the class. In a performance follow-up survey, the parent of ETM-LA partner school student Luna shared, “Music has helped my daughter have confidence and joy for learning at school. Without the music program, school would not be as engaging and fulfilling for her.”

In January, ETM-LA hosted its annual benefit virtually, featuring a Disney sing-along open to everyone at no cost. The 15th Year Celebration Benefit showcased performances by Alan Menken (Academy Award-Winning Composer/Songwriter: Beauty & the Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin), Jodi Benson (Tony Award-Nominated Singer/Actress and original voice of Ariel, The Little Mermaid), and Anthony Evans (#1 Billboard Artist in Gospel; Beast, Beauty and the Beast performance at The Hollywood Bowl). The benefit also included a virtual choir of ETM-LA partner school students performing “Seize the Day” from Disney’s Newsies. Students, parents, Principals, and community members joined in the fun and helped raise funds to Keep the Music Playing at ETM-LA!

“When the pandemic hit, my mood went down. I was a little disappointed ‘cause I thought we wouldn’t be able to learn music or it wouldn’t be just the same as in-person. It turns out that my school figured out a way to do Zoom classes . . . every week I have something to motivate me to go to school.” – Renata, 4th Grade student at ETM-LA partner school Providencia Elementary

February brought Black History celebrations into the music classroom for all students as ETM-LA teachers creatively taught the lasting impact of Black music and musicians. Music Teacher Josh Wen taught his 5th graders about Gospel music and the history and significance of the song “We Shall Overcome”, one of the oldest surviving songs of Black music. Music Teacher Angelica Rowell explored the Blues, Bessie Smith, and Langston Hughes with her students; through identifying form, rhyme, and poetry, students created their own Blues lyrics, including “The YouTube Blues” written by her Kindergarten class. And Music Teacher Kimberly Cox Johnson created an entire lesson unit about the history of Black American Sign Language and its impact on marginalized communities. “Every year when we get to Black History Month, I try to think outside the box. A lot of times we look at it from the same lens; I try to figure out different ways to approach it,” shares Kimberly.

As February ended, ETM-LA hosted its Winter Training session for all Music Teachers, which was open to the public. Sessions included a deep dive into Latin American music and culture, culturally responsive teaching and the brain, and music activities for the culturally responsive classroom. ETM-LA proudly offers over 100 hours of exceptional training for music educators and over 420 combined hours of guidance for schools across Los Angeles County in their commitment to building long-term, sustainable music programs.

ETM-LA is unwavering in its mission of working alongside low-income area schools and ensuring equity and access to quality music education in these challenging times, when the joy of music is needed more than ever before. Your support will help ETM-LA continue bringing music and all of its benefits to students across Los Angeles County, and help us close the gap for under-resourced schools that remain deprived of yearlong music and arts programs in their core curriculum.


Thank you to those who have generously given to help provide essential music education services to over 19,000 students across Los Angeles County!

 

ETM-LA provides quality, yearlong, core curriculum music instruction in under-resourced Los Angeles schools as part of the school day for every child. Since its founding in 2006, ETM-LA has grown from 2 schools and 800 students to serving approximately 19,000 students at 46 partner schools in Los Angeles County.

 

 

 

Renata, ETM-LA Partner School Student
Renata, ETM-LA Partner School Student
Student Choir - Virtual 15th Year Celebration
Student Choir - Virtual 15th Year Celebration

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