Give In-School Music Classes to Los Angeles Youth

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


Alberto, 4th Grader
Alberto, 4th Grader

Thank you for helping to empower children through music education.  This 2013-14 school year, Education Through Music-LA is serving approximately 6,000 children with sequential, comprehensive weekly music instruction and we are seeing the positive results first-hand.

We want to share story of 4th grader from Norwood Elementary School, Alberto, who his mother this year says he felt “secluded”. “I like music so much because it helps me to calm myself down when I am stressed or angry and I feel is the only way to I can express my emotions out. Music helps me to remember things. Music helps me focus in school, ” says Alberto.  

His mother, Sara also shares, “Alberto has been the kind of child that day dreams a lot, and that was affecting his grades.” However, things have changed since he started learning music in school and participating in the band program:

[Music and band classes] have helped him a lot to overcome this habit, we are still working with him and I believe in the power that music could possibly instill in someone, and I see the results are happening...the more he plays, the more I see he is able to focus more on what he is doing, because it requires a lot of concentration on his part; and I’ve seen that he is now coming to a conclusion that school and music have the same connection in the sense that requires his full attention in order to learn new tones and notes to make the right song.

Teachers also see the impact of music, with 82.5% of classroom teachers in our partner schools noting that the music program has increased their students' focus in school.

"We are not just teaching music, we are teaching life skills that are going to stay with these children for the rest of their lives; by learning to welcome challenges in music class, they are not going to avoid something in life just because it is hard," shares ETM-LA Music Teacher Nicole Elliott.

Music has provided such joy and self-confidence for the children, who are all excited to showcase their learning this spring! This past April over 125 students from our partner schools across LA County came together for our Music Unites the World Festival to learn from and make music with Christophe Beck (Composer, Disney’s Frozen), Tim Davies (Score Orchestrator, Frozen) and Evelyn Halus (Vocal Coach, Jennifer Lopez, Neil Patrick Harris).  And this month of May they’ll not only perform in their school concerts but 2 school groups from Castelar and Dorris Place Elementary will join Actor Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County / My Best Friend’s Wedding) and LA Philharmonic Artists Bing Wang and Joanne Pearce Martin on May 24th for our 3rd Annual Keep the Music Playing Concert!  We hope you will join us!

We look forward to sharing more updates about our in-school music programs and our plans to expand our reach next year to an additional 1,000 more children in Los Angeles County.  Thank you for helping us further our mission so every child may have hope for a brighter future!

Trumpet Student at the Music Unites Festival
Trumpet Student at the Music Unites Festival


Veteran Teacher Christine DeMore leads Training
Veteran Teacher Christine DeMore leads Training

At the start of the 2014 year, Education Through Music-LA resumed music classes at our 13 partner schools serving over 6,000 children. To prepare for the music classroom, ETM-LA led professional development trainings for music teachers with pedagogical workshops presented by ETM-LA Shining Star and Veteran Teacher Christine DeMore and Program Director Ryan Rowles. Teachers appreciated coming together to further hone their teaching skills. One shared, "I'm very excited for the semester to get started!" In January we also led our 5th Annual Principals Leadership Conference to support school leaders in sustaining their music programs for the long-term.

In our efforts to continue ensuring that every child receives quality music education in school, Executive Director Victoria Lanier joined over fifty arts and cultural leaders in a round table discussion with the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to brainstorm ways to make Los Angeles a strong cultural leader.

Jose, a fifth grader at partner school, Castelar Elementary shares, “When I play new cello songs, it makes me feel challenged and excited to hear and see how fast my fingers can go and it also inspires me. After I perform in a concert, I feel confident. Music helps me to be more of a leader, focused, and calm. Music motivates me to go to school.”

We welcome you to visit our music classes in action at anytime and to become an advocate!  Please visit us at and see our new PSA!  Thank you for your ongoing support, partnership and dedication to keep music in schools for every child! 

Actor Ed Helms at ETM-LA
Actor Ed Helms at ETM-LA's Benefit (Jose, far R)


ETM-LA Students from West Hollywood Perform
ETM-LA Students from West Hollywood Perform

In our 8th year of programming in Los Angeles County, thanks to the tremendous support from contributors like you, Education Through Music-Los Angeles is now serving approximately 6,000 students in 13 disadvantaged schools located in the Burbank, Compton, Los Angeles, Pasadena Unified School Districts and Greater Los Angeles.

This Fall we kicked off new partnerships with 3 additional schools – Guardian Angel (Pacoima), KIPP Iluminar (East Los Angeles) and Washington Elementary (Burbank) - and expanded existing programs: band instruction at Norwood and Rio Vista Elementary along with glee clubs at Foster (Compton) and West Hollywood Elementary.  Furthermore, the ukulele has been in popular demand by our communities and schools, prompting the inclusion of ukulele instruction in our general music curriculum! 

We are also thrilled to be partnering with local and wide-scale organizations to spread our mission!  From teaming up with Lit Up Writers and American Fiction Writer Holiday Reinhorn, the Fab Faux, Gary Oldman, to singing with Jon Huertas (TV’s Castle) and top a cappella groups around the nation, we are so honored to be working alongside tremendous advocates and artists to ensure every child has equal access to a quality music education in school.

Come join us!  We welcome you to visit our music classes in action at anytime or to attend one of Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ exciting events!  Visit:

Thank you for your ongoing support, partnership and dedication to keep music in schools for every child! 

Music Teachers Receive Training on Ukuleles
Music Teachers Receive Training on Ukuleles


Sydney Smiles with her Violin
Sydney Smiles with her Violin

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!


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

Location: Burbank, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Victoria Lanier
Executive Director
Burbank, CA United States

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