Although schools were out for the summer, the music continued at Education Through Music-Los Angeles. Violin students gathered at the St. Sebastian School on a Saturday in June to participate in a videotaping of our first Public Service Announcement, granted by the Women in Film PSA Production Program. Students got to experience first-hand a film production while they played their violins and showcased the music they learned this year. The PSA will be released this Fall 2013.
Violin student, Sunny from Castelar proudly performed music for a group of guests at our recent Music & A Makeover fundraiser event in Burbank, along with artists Deborah Hurwitz (Music Director/Conductor Jersey Boys, Cirque du Soleil), Aliza Pearl, and Hannah Emerson. “I want to be a lawyer and a violinist when I grow up,” says Sunny.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles is gearing up for a week of intensive teacher training in Oberlin with all of the ETM affiliates in the nation and also join with music educators from Oberlin and Cleveland Institute of Music, and at the end of August, we will locally host in Los Angeles a professional development institute for both new and veteran music teachers.
We are excited for the upcoming school year as we serve two new schools and an additional 1,000 children – a total of approximately 6,500 children with yearlong music education.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication and support!
Spring is abuzz with music-making! In April, 150 band, strings, recorder, guitar and choral students from 12 diverse schools around Los Angeles – from Downtown to Compton, Sylmar to Pasadena – joined together as part of our 3rd Annual Music Unites the World Festival. The event kicked-off with coaching sessions for both the 95-piece orchestra and the 55-member choir by top artist-educators Joe Kraemer (Composer, Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise) and Misha Shtangrud (Choir Director, Colburn School of Music). Kraemer engaged the children immediately with his warm and gregarious personality, rehearsing them on their instrumental works of “Fiddler’s Hoedown” (Folk Song/arr. Robert Gillespie) and “Samba del Sol” (Doug Spata). Shtangrud, with his playful demeanor, coached the vocal students on their songs, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Dry Your Tears, Afrika.” Joselyn Wilkinson, percussionist, filled out the performances with her djembé and call and response activities for both the students and parents.
In May, we were honored to host 11-year-old piano prodigy Ray Ushikubo (NPR’s From the Top, Tonight Show) in our 2nd Annual Keep the Music Playing Event to raise awareness and support for our in-school music education programs. He wowed the crowd with pieces like Ginastera’s Danzas Argentinas Op.. 2 and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
This month, over 5,500 music students from our 12 schools will showcase their learning and skills. Please join us in support of our students at one of their concerts! Find a concert near you and RSVP at www.etmla.org/springconcertsFY13.
Students Shine & Lionel Richie's Piano Finds a Home
By Victoria Lanier | Executive Director
Students Shine at West Hollywood Elementary
Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) is thrilled to report on a successful fall semester and wonderful start to 2013! All of our students shone beautifully at their holiday concerts and performed for packed audiences. As the music programs continue to thrive, so do our school communities. One parent from West Hollywood Elementary shared that because of the music program, “[my child is] more willing to learn and challenge themselves.” A parent from Rio Vista Elementary expressed, “my daughter is calm when she speaks about music and performing…it’s like meditation and relaxation for her and an award, too.”
To ensure high quality music instruction, ETM-LA held a series of professional development workshops at the top of the year. Our music teachers came together for two days of intensive workshops to focus on vocal technique as well as teaching strategies for children with special needs. ETM-LA principals gathered for our 4th Annual Principals Leadership Conference to discuss and share best practices in developing and promoting their music programs for long-term sustainability. And we spent an afternoon with the Pasadena Unified School District teachers to present a workshop on Musical Connections to the Common Core.
Recently, Lionel Richie donated his piano to ETM-LA, which is enriching the music classes at partner school, Dorris Place Elementary.
Together we are ensuring 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.“[Music] serves as a creative outlet to everyone...[the children] just enjoy it so much,” shared another Rio Vista Elementary School parent. Thank you for your ongoing contribution and partnership!
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