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!
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.
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:
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