Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth

by Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA, Inc.)
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String Students Perform on July 27th
String Students Perform on July 27th

Our summer at Education Through Music-Los Angeles has been a time of community building and cool concerts! 

Through your support, ETM-LA Music Teacher Christa Camilleri began teaching two years ago at partner school KIPP Iluminar in East Los Angeles. The music program has helped build a vibrant school community – one in which students have gained life skills such as cooperation and being good listeners. “Music education has helped my students become more aware of their surroundings,” shares Camilleri. We are thrilled to see KIPP Iluminar’s school-wide program flourish, so much so that they are able to sustain their program through hiring Camilleri on full-time onto their staff. “Besides reaching underserved populations of students who may not have access to music education, ETM-LA provides quality professional development for teachers and enables them to grow as well.  I am a better teacher now because of my involvement with ETM-LA,” said Camilleri. 

The summer also brought a splash of cool concerts which included a special performance on July 27th featuring ETM-LA violin and cello students from Providencia Elementary, other young accomplished artists and Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour. Chalifour, who has held his role as Concertmaster for 20 years, performed two movements from the popular Bach Partita for Violin No.3. Typically only being able to see him from afar at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the audience cherished the experience of hearing him up close at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank. Teenager Maya Paredes, a talented pianist and cellist, both produced and performed at the concert.  She had mentored the Providencia Elementary students this past year and wanted to support ETM-LA in some way. “I have seen first hand the work Education Through Music – LA does in our local schools and wanted to encourage people to donate and help support music education in public schools.” 

This coming school year we plan to expand our reach from 16 to 20 schools serving approximately 10,000 children. 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!

Students perform at a Compton School Board mtg
Students perform at a Compton School Board mtg
LA Phil Concertmaster Martin Chalifour Performs
LA Phil Concertmaster Martin Chalifour Performs

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Kaia with her Drums
Kaia with her Drums

Kaia, a 4th grader at Rio Vista Elementary, was told that drums are for boys. She was inspired to begin playing the drums because no one was going to tell her she could not. This small step will shape how Kaia sees herself and develops as a young woman and citizen of the world. “I decided to play the drums because a lot of boys said that I couldn’t because I was a girl and I just wanted to prove them wrong.”

“Music makes my life better because it’s really, really fun, and it helps me get motivated for school, and when I’m having a hard time I can just practice,” shares Kaia.

Thanks to supporters like you, children like Kaia can continue to thrive through a robust and well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.

On April 17, 2015, along with over 170 other students, Kaia participated in ETM-LA’s 5th Annual Music Unites the World Festival bringing together students from all over Los Angeles County – Chinatown to Compton, Burbank to Boyle Heights and Sylmar to Sun Valley. They were excited to play music with peers whom they had just met and to receive coaching from our Music Faculty members, guest artists and educators including Joseph Trapanese (Composer, Insurgent, Oblivion, Earth to Echo), Misha Shtangrud (Choral Director, Colburn School), and Phil Feather (Studio Woodwinds Musician, Jurassic World, Mad Men).

Kaia is currently one of over 7,000 schoolchildren we serve at 16 disadvantaged schools with weekly, yearlong comprehensive music instruction.  Our goal for the upcoming school year – and our 10th Anniversary – is to expand to reach over 8,500 children at 20 schools.

We would love to invite you to visit our music classes in action at anytime.  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!

Kaia with Matthew, Instructor
Kaia with Matthew, Instructor
Music Unites the World Festival
Music Unites the World Festival

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Mae C with her trombone (pictured left)
Mae C with her trombone (pictured left)

For ETM-LA 5th grader Mae C whose favorite genres of music include pop and jazz - music is a conduit for self-expression. “I like music because you get to express the way you feel.  I also like the way songs express sadness, happiness and drama,” she says. 

Thanks to supporters like you, we believe that someday, Mae C will have the opportunity to reach her dreams of becoming an animator, architect, and attorney through a robust and well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.

Erica, Mae C’s mother shares how music has positively impacted her daughter’s life. “[Mae C] takes great pride in being a member of the band. She is very responsible about knowing how to play the pieces and she likes showing the new players how to play. Mae C is very good at the trombone and that helps her self – esteem,” says Erica.

She also relays the importance of music for every child: “Music is part of who we are as human beings. At school, it is a group of students making music together.  They have to work together.  They rely on each other and enjoy being part of the whole.  Reading music is another language.  It helps the brain.  Music should be part of every school curriculum. It cuts through all that divides us.” 

Mae C is currently one of over 7,000 schoolchildren we serve at 16 disadvantaged schools with weekly, yearlong comprehensive music instruction.  Our goal for the upcoming school year – and our 10th Anniversary – is to expand to reach 8,500 children at 20 schools.

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

Mae C & students w/ Actor Josh Gad (Frozen)
Mae C & students w/ Actor Josh Gad (Frozen)

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Malik Sow, Master Djembe Drummer with Teachers
Malik Sow, Master Djembe Drummer with Teachers

The last time you heard from us we were just embarking on the 2014-15 school year serving over 7,000 children at 16 partner schools in Los Angeles with weekly music instruction.  We are excited to share stories of how you are directly
impacting our school communities through high quality comprehensive weekly music instruction.

Heather Breene, a dedicated music teacher in her 2nd year of teaching with Education Through Music-LA, is making a positive impact on the Rio Vista Elementary School community.  A Parent from Rio Vista shares, “Kaia is having so much fun and honestly the band program is the only thing keeping her motivated! Wednesdays are now the only day she doesn't gripe about school! I am stunned at how dedicated she seems to be so quickly, she practices more than her older sister on her cello! So, thank you for providing an outlet for our kids. It’s wonderful and we thank you."

Heather shares, “Hearing feedback from parents helps to motivate me further, and let me know that this is truly my calling and what I love to do.”

Other music teachers also provide insight on how the music programs nurture their students’ learning and development. Music Teacher Alex Collie-Hartmann shared one of his favorite moments from the classroom, when “a third grader figured out a complicated musical concept on her own. Not only did she extrapolate the information that was provided but she also applied it even further. This is the type of learning that I love to see.”

Professional development continues to support the music instruction in our classrooms.  On Saturday, November 1st music teachers gathered together for an intensive day of training on such topics as Lesson Planning and Building Aims, Classroom Management, and Using Djembe in the Classroom.  Master Senegal Drummer, Malik Sow presented new and engaging interactive djembe strategies including traditional African styles of drumming.

We are so grateful for your continued support!  If you would like to join our campaign again for this current 2014-15 year, one great day to do so is Tuesday, December 2nd - #GivingTuesday which includes a matching campaign through GlobalGiving!

Thank you for giving our children hope for a brighter future through music education!

Rio Vista Kids Meet Rickey Minor (American Idol)
Rio Vista Kids Meet Rickey Minor (American Idol)
Clarinet Student from Rio Vista Shares her Joy
Clarinet Student from Rio Vista Shares her Joy
Alex, Music Teacher Inspires His Music Students
Alex, Music Teacher Inspires His Music Students
Music Teacher Heather Breene Conducts the Band
Music Teacher Heather Breene Conducts the Band

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Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training
Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training

“I really grew as a music teacher and educator while teaching with ETM-LA [this past year] and I feel developing relationships with the teachers and students of these schools has opened my eyes to the diversity of learners and educators in this world,” shares one Education Through Music-LA music teacher.

Our music teachers are top professional artists and educators from a myriad of musical backgrounds including jazz, Classical, band, vocal, and world music and see on average over 600 children per week throughout such Los Angeles County regions as Burbank, Chinatown, Compton, East LA, and the San Fernando Valley. Through over 100 hours of professional development and mentorship for ETM-LA teachers - including a Summer Course on Kodály Methodology, the ETM Academy at Oberlin in Ohio, and ETM-LA’s weeklong intensive Summer Training Institute, music teachers continue to receive feedback and support to improve upon teaching skills. 

A teacher shares, “Teaching with ETM-LA has revived my desire to grow as a teacher. Having the professional development opportunities and quality feedback has both excited me professionally and stretched me to become better.”

This past year, we our evaluation shows that 100% of music teachers feel the music program has increased their students' focus in school and 100% of classroom teachers agree that music education is a vital part of the core curriculum. 

Education Through Music-LA will expand to 3 new partner schools to serve a total of 16 schools reaching over 7,000 children with sequential, comprehensive weekly music instruction. Every child will receive weekly, yearlong music instruction as part of the core curriculum.

We are seeing the positive results first-hand, and look forward to sharing more updates and stories from the field. Thank you for helping us further our mission so every child may have hope for a brighter future!

Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training
Teachers Attend Spring 2014 Training

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

Location: Burbank, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.etmla.org
Project Leader:
Victoria Lanier
Executive Director
Burbank, CA United States

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