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
Providencia Elementary Music Student
Providencia Elementary Music Student

On October 25, 2011 the rain didn't stop our music students from singing and performing their hearts out with Ed Helms (The Office) and Michael Bearden (This is It) at the House of Blues.  25 students from Education Through Music-LA partner schools - Castelar, Foster, Providencia, St. Sebastian, and West Hollywood Elementary - showcased their musical skills and knowledge in a crowd-pleasing rendition of Stand By Me at ETM-LA's 6th Annual Benefit.

As we embark on our sixth year, we have expanded our music education programming to reach 1,500 additional students - totaling 4,500.  Furthermore, ETM-LA expanded services within the LA Unified School District and began partnership with 2 new districts - Burbank and Compton Unified.  We are grateful for your ongoing support to ensure more children receive the benefits of a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.  Whether rain or shine, all children should be given the opportunity to smile and shine through the joy of learning music. Despite the enormous continuing budget cuts, with your partnership and contribution, Education Through Music-LA will continue to keep music alive in our schools.

We are grateful for you, and wish you all the best for this upcoming holiday season!


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Recorder Students
Recorder Students

As we embark on our 6th year, Education Through Music-Los Angeles expands to serve over 4,000 children with in-school music education, working with the Los Angeles, Burbank, and Compton Unified School Districts. This past spring, Education Through Music-LA held our inaugural Music Unites the World Festival which brought together music students from all of our partner schools - playing and singing in ensemble under the guidance of special guest artists: celebrated teacher Reggie Andrews (former students include Rickey MInor, Tyrese Gibson, et al.), Harry Gregson Williams (composer, Shrek), Lisbeth Scott (vocalist, Chronicles of Narnia, Avatar), and Misha Shtangrud (Colburn).  Our students also shined brightly in their end of the year spring concerts, performing for their families and school communities.

This summer, Education Through Music-LA students were showcased on Oxygen’s The Glee Project.  They worked, recorded, and performed with the top four Glee Project winners, creating a music video of My Chemical Romance’s Sing.  Liam, one ETM-LA student  who participated, shared, “I will keep playing instruments and sing till I physically can’t anymore…because music is my dream.”

ETM-LA also got a special visit from Miranda Cosgrove as part of the Neutrogena Wave for Change campaign with Globalgiving.  We are grateful for all of your support and partnership to help Los Angeles children receive quality music education - and a brighter future!

Students with Miranda Cosgrove
Students with Miranda Cosgrove

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Megan ETM-LA 5th Grade Student
Megan ETM-LA 5th Grade Student

As summer approaches, we want to share how your support of Education Through Music-Los Angeles has enriched the lives of our kids this school year!    In our 5th year anniversary, approximately 3,000 children received music instruction, and our students’ lives and communities are blossoming.  Here are some words directly from ETM-LA student, Megan, and her mother, Sophia:

For 10-year old, Megan, she cherishes the music classes she receives every week as a 5th grader. We asked her to share why she loves learning music, and this is what she had to say:

Music helps me express my feelings, and I look forward to music class every week!  I love learning the violin, and find that music helps me in other areas, like math. For instance, we’re learning musical intervals, and I have to add notes together.  Having to read music and see what key we’re in helps with reading.

I don’t often get a lot of chances to play in front of people, so I feel proud getting to perform.  I’d love to be a professional singer some day.  My favorite singers are Kesha and Katy Perry, and I love trying to figure out the notes on my violin. 

Megan’s mother, Sophia shared:

Megan is more positive, and it has brought her out of her shell.  She used to be extremely shy, and now she’s more comfortable speaking in front of people and has helped with social skills. Music is a place for her that she can always turn to.

Our students are not only achieving in music, but also showing stronger development in “all areas” and in their “focus and concentration” (ETM-LA partner classroom teacher).  Come join us at our end-of-the year concerts if you’re in Los Angeles!  We are grateful for your ongoing support and partnership to give at-risk youth quality in-school music education!

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ETM-LA Guitar Students
ETM-LA Guitar Students

We are grateful for your support to keep music in our schools!  As March is Music in Our Schools month, Education Through Music-LA has drummed up support by showcasing our students’ musical growth while building bridges between communities across Los Angeles and our nation.

On March 10th, ETM-LA students joined their voices with millions across the nation in the World's Largest Concert, hosted by the National Association for Music Education (MENC). At precisely 10 am PST, ETM-LA students and teachers from Castelar and Stephen Foster Elementary Schools sang and played in time with the nation in a simultaneous performance of music with the theme - “music lasts a lifetime”.

Then in April, Education Through Music-LA will commemorate its 5th anniversary by hosting its first-ever Music Unites the World Festival. Bringing together children from all of our partner schools, such communities from South Gate to Sylmar will be represented in an exuberant day of musical traditions and learning. Professional musical guests will lend their talents and their ears to our students as Castelar Elementary in Chinatown plays host to students, families and community leaders. Culminating in a concert en masse, this day is truly going to be a celebration of all the people and communities that have made ETM-LA's last five years a success.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership to give at-risk youth quality in-school music education! 

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ETM-LA Students Perform at the House of Blues
ETM-LA Students Perform at the House of Blues

As the holiday season spreads throughout Los Angeles, Education Through Music-LA is grateful for your support in bringing quality in-school music education programs to more students than ever. Currently, we are serving approximately 3,000 children with in-school music classes and are thrilled to see them demonstrating not only greater musical skills and ability, but also higher math and reading scores.

 

The past several months have been an extremely busy time for ETM-LA – we celebrated our 5th Year Anniversary with a rockin’ Benefit Gala at the House of Blues, featuring Lalah Hathaway, Patrice Rushen and Ben Vereen and ETM-LA and King-Drew Magnet High School violin and guitar students who gave a moving performance of Honoree Michael Giacchino’s theme to Disney Pixar’s UP. We also conducted a joint professional development workshop with USC Thornton Outreach and the Music Center, giving teaching artists and music educators the opportunity to generate their own discussion topics and leaving them feeling empowered and inspired. Most recently, ETM-LA was proud to have students from three of our partner schools make instruments with and perform for GLEE cast members on the Paramount Studios Lot.

 

Thanks to your ongoing support Education Through Music-Los Angeles has continued to grow strategically to expand services further in ongoing partner schools, as well as one new partner school – West Hollywood Elementary Public School.

 

As we celebrate the holiday season with our partner schools’ Winter Concerts, we wish you and your family happy holidays from everyone at ETM-LA!



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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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