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!