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
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

5th Grader Danica dealt with an emotional hardship after the unexpected absence of a loved one in her life. Her mother, Mireya, described how “she was constantly sad…[and was] diagnosed with ADD”. However, Mireya saw that Danica found strength in the arts. “At home she sings all the time, writes songs, or just makes them up on the spot…I am thankful that through choir she has shifted her sadness to being happy and wanting to express her thought through music, writing, and acting.” Danica’s emotions were not the only part of her life to improve through arts education. “At school her grades have gone up,” noted her mother, “especially in math. I have also noticed when [she is] writing she says the words in a rhythm.” She has been gaining resilience at a young age and “is very determined to do her best this year.”

 

Mireya truly believes in the importance of music education for all children, not just for Danica. “It gives them a sense of being themselves and being able to express their minds. [It] keeps them happy.” Long-standing research supports this. Studies show that music and arts education improves not only social-emotional health, but also school engagement and enhancement in other subject areas.* When asked what her favorite subjects are, Danica responded, “Music and Writing.” She loves to “learn new notes”. Music inspires her to grow.

 

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) brings quality music education programs to students who need it the most, and we want to thank you for helping us further our mission!  After 12 years, our organization has grown from serving 2 schools and 800 students our first year to reaching a planned 14,000 students this year with the power of music.

 

With your continued support, ETM-LA will be able to provide key services to disadvantaged schools and to more students like Danica.

 

Thank you for being part of our mission and providing children with hope for a brighter future through music education!

 

 

*Hallam, S. (2010). The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. International Journal of Music Education28(3), 269-289.

*Ruppert, S. S. (2009). Why schools with arts programs do better at narrowing achievement gaps. Education Week29(5).

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Diego performing at a community event.
Diego performing at a community event.

For twelve consecutive years, Education Through Music-LA has seen music impact our students and communities in positive ways. For Diego, a student at one of our partner schools, music is a driving force and inspiration in his life. It motivates him to try and try again in order to be the best that he can be. “When I’m in music class, I feel like I need to be there because I don’t want to miss any class [so that I can get to] a good level," he shares. His mother, Yenny, has also seen the impact music has had in her son’s life. “Ever since he was young, he has always been restless and had a bit of difficulty focusing. However, I have seen a huge difference since he began playing an instrument. I have seen how it helps him concentrate, including how his mood changes, and also how he finds peace in music.”

Thanks to supporters like you, students have the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves and find their passion in life through a well-rounded education that includes music, just as Diego has. Understanding the importance of this opportunity, Diego proclaims, “I want to be a professional violinist and make music for students all around the world. I can even teach classes to kids [who don’t] have [the] opportunity to learn music in schools.”

Diego is one of the 12,000 students we are currently serving with comprehensive, sequential, in-school music instruction. With your continued support this year, we will be able to expand to serve 30 schools and 14,000 students with music education in order to enhance their academic, general, and emotional development. “Music is a part of me so I feel happy when I’m playing the violin - I just feel confident, [more] like myself,’ he shares.

Thank you for joining our mission and providing children with hope for a brighter future through music education!

Student Diego proudly poses with ensemble members.
Student Diego proudly poses with ensemble members.

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Erik Garcia, Music Teacher
Erik Garcia, Music Teacher

Music Teacher Erik Garcia, who joined the Education Through Music-Los Angeles team a couple years ago, lights up talking about the transformation he witnesses in students after even just a few months of music education. “I’ve seen kids go from really shy and not confident at all, to out in the playground making connections with people,” says Garcia. “That’s really what it’s all about…living through art and being able to express in that way, making you whole.”

Garcia teaches at Rio Vista Elementary, where he says the staff is very encouraging and promoting of the music program. The students, too, have a lot to share about the program and confirm Garcia’s thoughts about confidence. A 5th grade student who has struggled with speech delay since age 2 shares, “Music class makes me feel like I don’t have to be embarrassed when I make mistakes in my playing because the other kids are making mistakes, too. Music class also makes me feel happy – that I am getting to learn to play a fun instrument like the saxophone.”

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) trains its teachers through quality professional development programs to ensure top notch instruction and to continue creating impact through the music teachers. “We’re all teachers, but we’re also all students and we strive to be better and grow together” shares Garcia. ETM-LA music teachers are professional artists and educators from a myriad of musical backgrounds including jazz, classical, band, vocal, and world music and see on average over 12,000 children per week throughout such Los Angeles County regions as Boyle Heights, Burbank, Chinatown, Compton, East LA, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley and South Central. Through over 100 hours of professional development and mentorship for ETM-LA teachers per year - including ETM-LA’s weeklong intensive Summer Training Institute - music teachers continue to receive feedback and support to improve upon teaching skills.

The teachers and students aren’t the only ones growing, however. ETM-LA will be expanding to 30 partner schools within the year reaching 14,000 students with quality, sequential music education as part of the core curriculum. We are very excited about our growth and our impact, as shared by our music teachers! Thank you for your support in this impact and in our music programs. Every child deserves a quality, well-rounded education that includes music, and you are part of the change to get there.

 

Warm Wishes,

Victoria Lanier

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Isaiah practices his saxophone.
Isaiah practices his saxophone.

As 5th grader Isaiah notes in his winning essay on Why is Learning Music Important to Me?, “Music to me is the idea sparker…Just a small simple beat gives you a mind [full] of ideas.” He shares with us that playing his saxophone gives him inspiration, freedom, and focus. “School can be hard, kids can be mean, and [it] helps me concentrate [and] makes me happy.”


Thanks to supporters like you, we believe that someday Isaiah will have the opportunity to reach his dreams of becoming a marine biologist, computer engineer, animator, and musician through a robust and well-rounded education that includes music and the arts. 

Yallett, Isaiah’s mother, shares how music has positively impacted her son’s life. Since the music program became part of his life, “he has since become happy, content, [and] more emotionally connected. I see Isaiah with a sense of pride.”

She also relays the importance of music for every child: “I feel that studying music is important [for] kids like Isaiah that need an outlet, that need more than the basic studying they have to do. It opens their minds to other things in life. It’s a form of expression.

Isaiah is currently one of over 12,000 school children we serve at 25 disadvantaged schools with weekly, yearlong comprehensive music instruction.  Our goal for the upcoming school year is to expand to reach 14,500 children at 30 schools.

We are grateful for your continuing support and would love to invite you to visit our music classes in action at any time.  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!

Isaiah proudly accepts his Essay Contest Award
Isaiah proudly accepts his Essay Contest Award

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

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Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA, Inc.)

Location: Burbank, CA - USA
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Victoria Lanier
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Burbank, CA United States

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