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
Recorder Students
Recorder Students

As we embark on our 5th Year Anniversary, we are excited to see our school communities growing and our reach expanding in Los Angeles. Our students are thriving – as demonstrated in their increased musical knowledge, performance, growing self-esteem and motivation - and teachers and parents are sharing how invaluable the music education program is. "Learning guitar has improved my daughter's concentration," shares an ETM-LA Partner School parent, while another shared that music has had both a "social and developmental impact" on their child.

The summer was a busy time as well - we piloted our first Summer Strings program at the Castelar Elementary School and made updates to our curriculum. We also held an intensive week-long Teaching Artist Institute for our teaching artists and interns - led by experts in the field - with workshops on lesson planning, conducting, working with special needs children, vocal and choral teaching, and other pertinent topics.

We are grateful for your continued support to expand Education Through Music-Los Angeles to two new schools last year – Norwood & Carson Gore Elementary (formerly Pio Pico Span). This year ETM-LA will add an additional 10th public partner school, expanding our reach to over 2,500 schoolchildren. We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

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Michele Violin Student FY10
Michele Violin Student FY10

We are grateful for your continued support and want to share how your donation has been put to work! As the school year winds down, we reflect on the tremendous growth of our students this past year. Over 2,000 students gained deeper knowledge and increased skills on their instruments and proudly showcased their skills during their year-end concerts. Castelar Elementary School's graduating 5th graders now boast higher percentages of students interested in Middle School Orchestra/Band, while 100% of St. Sebastian School's graduating 8th graders are being accepted into high schools. Our partner schools embraced professional development workshops this past semester, and teaching artists demonstrated visible growth as music educators through creative lesson planning and their students' successful performances. Also with your support, we expanded to two new partner public schools - Pio Pico Span and Norwood Elementary Schools.

As the Los Angeles Unified School District tragically plans to eliminate 100% of all arts instruction in elementary public schools by 2012, beginning with 50% next year, ETM-LA is committed to working alongside our communities and school principals to restore music as part of every child's well-rounded education.

We thank you for your dedication to giving at-risk youth equitable opportunities for their future!

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ETM-LA Recorder Student

We want to take the time to thank you for your ongoing commitment to nurturing the growth and well-being of underserved Los Angeles children. Thanks to your support, 2010 is off to a great start: ETM-LA brought comprehensive music instruction to a new partner school - Pio Pico Elementary this January, and our partner schools wrapped up 2009 with a series of joyful holiday concerts.

ETM-LA continues to provide ongoing yearlong music instruction to over 2,000 children. As March is Music in Our Schools Month, ETM-LA has also been busy with the following: * Our recorder students at Rio Vista Elementary performed at their school/PTA meeting * Our partner school Castelar Elementary choir students performed at the USC Choir Festival * Music students from partner school St. Sebastian attended Buckley School's Romeo & Juliet * Booker White, Head Music Copyist at Disney Studios visited partner school Nativity.

Together, we can impact the lives of these kids and our community through quality music education, one note at a time.

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Students Perform in Holiday Concert
Students Perform in Holiday Concert

Education Through Music-Los Angeles is thrilled to report on a successful fall semester and wonderful start to 2010! Our students performed beautifully at their holiday concerts with great feedback from parents and the community. One parent shared how the music program has tremendously “helped her child with personal skills”, while another stated that “music is helping to bind the community without color lines.” ETM-LA is also thrilled to begin a partnership this month with the Pio Pico Elementary School, providing general music and recorder. This year, ETM-LA is serving approximately 2,000 schoolchildren.

This January 2010, ETM-LA launched a new collaboration with USC Thornton Outreach and the Music Center on professional development for teaching artists. 35 teaching artists convened in Downtown LA at ETM-LA partner school Castelar Elementary. With signs on the walls that read: "Be prepared to be surprised", "Whoever attends are the right people," and "the Law of Two Feet” - the teaching artists were welcomed to a fresh approach to professional development - facilitated discussions based on the Open Space Technology (created by Harrison Owen who observed that usually the most interesting conversations at meetings or conferences happened during the coffee breaks.) The teaching artists generated their own specific discussion topics, questions, challenges, and solutions. One participant stated, "[I] wanted to apply the Law of Two Feet, [but] the topics I attended were so engaging I didn't get a chance to apply it!" By the end of the sessions, teaching artists were empowered and inspired to implement new strategies they had learned and shared in their discussions.

ETM-LA continues to fight alongside its school and community leaders to keep music instruction in schools as part of the core curriculum. In the midst of the looming LA Unified School District cuts that plan to eliminate 50% of existing public elementary school instruction next year, and the following by 2012, ETM-LA is working harder than ever to ensure that music remains a core part of our schools – and that every child, including those in low-income and underserved communities, receive a well-rounded education that includes quality music instruction. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Teaching Artists Gather for Professional Development
Teaching Artists Gather for Professional Development
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Violin Class 2008-2009 School Year
Violin Class 2008-2009 School Year

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) successfully provided yearlong music education to over 1,750 students in the 2008-2009 school year at the following seven partner schools: Castelar Elementary, El Dorado Elementary, Madison Elementary, Nativity, Rio Vista Elementary, St. Ignatius, and St. Sebastian Schools. This 2009-2010 school year, ETM-LA is thrilled to continue our partnerships and to expand to serve more grades and one new partner school in January 2010.

Surveys collected from partner school academic teachers at the end of the last school year showed that teachers strongly agreed their students successfully acquired music skills, and that the music instruction supported improvement in their motivation and math and reading skills. One teacher commented that students “gained a greater sense of focus,” and that one student in particular “increased his engagement in work” as a result of receiving music instruction. Another stated, “I believe that the music classes were extremely beneficial to my students' sense of accomplishment. It helped them practice perseverance, something that can be applied to other academic areas, but particularly in math, where so many struggle.”

In August 2009, ETM-LA held a four-day intensive Summer Training Institute for its teaching artists and music teachers from other arts organizations. The institute focused on topics including lesson planning, music and movement, and inclusion strategies and working with diverse student populations. Also in the Spring of 2009, ETM-LA was invited to present its professional development model to stakeholders of the YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program, based on the Venezuelan national youth orchestra program, El Sistema, from which new LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel emerged.

ETM-LA sincerely thanks you for your continued support in reaching the lives of thousands of at-risk youth with quality music instruction as part of a well-rounded education. In the midst of growing arts budget cuts, with your help, children will continue to receive equal opportunities for future success through music education.

Please let us know if you have feedback on how to continue to spread the word out about Education Through Music-Los Angeles and the importance of the arts and music in a child’s development.

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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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