Education Through Music-Los Angeles is thrilled to report on a successful start to 2012! This past January, ETM-LA held our 3-day Teaching Training Institute for music teachers at partner school Castelar Elementary near Downtown LA. Sessions topics included Suzuki methodology, Orff pedagogy, vocal and group guitar strategies, and creative music technology tools. By the end of the 3 days, the music teachers were empowered and inspired to implement new strategies they had learned and experienced. One teacher shared, "I thought today was one of the best ETM-LA training days that I have had over the past several years. It was engaging, useful, and I felt that I left with so many incredible tools for my classrooms."
On January 24th, ETM-LA partner school Providencia Elementary received a special visit from Academy-Award winning composer and ETM-LA Advisory Board member, Michael Giacchino. Mr. Giacchino spent the day with the music students, joining in on a violin class and playfully presenting a film composing seminar for all 150 4th and 5th graders. Giving the students an experience they won't forget, Mr. Giacchino inspired the children to work hard at what they love and hold onto their dreams.
Another ETM-LA partner school, Norwood Elementary also played host to a guest visitor, the President of the University of Southern California, Dr. C.L. Max Nikias. On January 27th, ETM-LA music students surprised their guest with an excerpt from Strauss' Blue Danube on their violins.
ETM-LA continues to fight alongside our 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 100% of existing public elementary school arts instruction next year, ETM-LA is working 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.
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