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October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

I joined the Education Through Music-Los Angeles team this summer and could not be happier. In the short time that I have been with ETM-LA I have already been so inspired by their mission to provide ALL children with a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts. In fact, I have been so moved by the work that ETM-LA does that after almost 10 years of not touching an instrument, I have decided to pick one up again. Executive Director Victoria Lanier's passion for opening children's eyes to all that music has to offer is unquestionable. ETM-LA gives Los Angeles children the wonderful opportunity of a quality music education that happens to come with extra treats such as school visits by Justin Guarini (American Idol finalist) and Joshua Bell. It is truly a remarkable program that has the potential to transform the ever failing Los Angeles Unified School District. The only complaint I have about ETM-LA is that its programs did not exist when I was a school kid in LA since I sincerely believe that its music education could have made me a much more musical person than I am today - and what a gift that would have been.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that I have been inspired to take up music again. As we prepare for our 5th Anniversary Benefit Gala, I have seen others' eagerness to support our cause as well as their belief in the power of our work.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly and absolutely devoted to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

completely transform the Los Angeles Unified School District which is currently failing LA's schoolchildren.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 1, 2010

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October 1, 2010

ETM-LA has brought "The Sound of Music" to our school community. As principal of St. Sebastian School, I have witnessed firsthand the powerful effect that ETM-LA has had on our school community. Our students have been exposed to unbelievable experiences. First, they take pride in learning/playing the violin and guitar. We have also visited Pixar scoring studios, an American Idol rehearsal, and a local high school for musicals and plays. A few months ago, I mentioned to Victoria that we were working to integrate technology throughout our whole curriculum. Victoria immediately jumped on board and offered to start a Music Technology program for our middle school students. This program is now in the works. Thank you, ETM-LA!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my school community my students the excitement and respect our students have for music and arts

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Opportunities for our students

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, caring, and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Serve so many more schools in need

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

ETM-LA is an amazing program with a dedicated group of talented teachers and administrators! I have been working with them for four years and every year I've been with them they have managed to somehow improve what I would consider an already sucsessful program. I have worked with such organizations for many years and I can say without any doubt that they train their instructors better, providing more resources and opporunities than anyone else and connecting my students with programs that can serve there needs if they themselves cannot. You can not ask for a better music program than ETM-LA.

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.. the classroom.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

In the past two years at Castelar Elementary where I supervise, coordinate the program with the public school administrators and classroom teachers as well as teach the students violin and co-conduct the afterschool orchestra, I have seen Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) encourage the arts, help give a well-rounded music education to the students, and build a strong and lasting impression on the students as well as their families. The growing desire of the community to have an orchestra is directly related to the inspiration and opportunity to play string instruments that ETM-LA has provided with the school. Parents consistently tell me how much involvement they would like their kids to have in music. The parents are recognizing how music, orchestra, ETM-LA has provided a place for their child to grow creatively, academically and personally– many kids show improvement in their overall self-confidence. I am a dedicated educator and performer and it is a joy to share this with a community that lacks these opportunities and choices for young kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

teaching, communicating with the school administrators/faculty, parents and surrounding community members and through two years of watching kids grow.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

require all schools in the LAUSD area to have a program with as many quality teachers, dedicated staff and quality artists teaching regularly to the youth.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching myself develop and grow as a teacher, as well as helping give an opportunity to share my musical passions with kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff and volunteers are amazing artists and musicians.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the whole LAUSD area with quality music education.

Ways to make it better...

the public school system was better prepared for a program like ETM-LA.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding enough funding and support within the greater LA area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is also a lot of fun to visit the schools, see the kids play and reminisce about being an elementary music player.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

"Education Through Music - Los Angeles" first came onto my radar at the moment of its inception, in 2005. For the past 5 years I have been a Board Member, helping to bring our various projects and ambitions to life. One such project entailed bringing an entire class of our kids to the recording session for the Pixar film 'Ratatouille,' by composer Michael Giacchino. Michael was eventually nominated for the Academy Award for that score (and won a couple years later for the Pixar film "Up"). The awe on those kids' faces as they witnessed an 85-piece A-list orchestra play some absolutely fantastic music was indescribable. It was an enlightening moment for all of us. The fact that this was, for all intents and purposes, just an ordinary day for ETM-LA highlights the immense power of this group, and its ability to fundamentally change the lives of its students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the massive changes in test scores, student self-esteem and even widespread community rejuvenation at our partner schools. The difference in the general student population before vs after is like night and day.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the immediate results i has on the children in the partner schools.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exemplary. ETM-LA is clearly very particular in choosing its teaching artists, and as a result the children are getting truly spectacular educations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do nothing short of FUNDAMENTALLY change and improve the Los Angeles educational system. Future generations would dramatically outperform prior ones.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

This organization is well run in an efficient, organized manner. The staff and volunteers put 100% into everything they do to ensure they meet their goals. The music programs in the schools that ETM-LA supports exudes this same level of commitment which ultimately enhances the overall success of the childrens' academic achievement.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing students partaking in musical opportunities they would not otherwise be able to experience.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 8, 2010

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February 9, 2010

As a volunteer, I have seen firsthand the amazing dedication and sincere passion that the ETM-LA staff, teaching artists and Board members contribute to the organization's mission: to provide music ed... more

September 8, 2010

As a volunteer for the past year, I have found ETM-LA to be an exceptionally, well-run organization for its small size. Victoria Lanier, the Executive Director, and the wonderful staff run a tight ship, and get the most out of every dollar. It's no wonder that ETM-LA has been able to grow the amount of students served despite the current school budget crisis.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to fundraise money for the children it serves. Only $150 can pay for music instruction for an entire year for one student. It's such a great investment with such a high return potential.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2010

As a volunteer, I have seen firsthand the amazing dedication and sincere passion that the ETM-LA staff, teaching artists and Board members contribute to the organization's mission: to provide music education for every child. They are not only committed to serving the over 2,000 children that they currently provide music instruction to, but ensuring that all LAUSD children have a right to a well-rounded education in light of the current local budget crisis. With prior experience in the investment management community, I can without a doubt say that this organization has a top-notch, lean management team that has the right vision for the necessary tools that all students must possess in order to build our economy for the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the clear vision that they have about the importance of music education in a child's life and the creative potential of arts instruction to serve as a tool to build our future economy.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

pleasantly personable and incredibly professional. Having worked in investment banking and private equity, two rigorous settings, I would compare ETM-LA's staff to some of the best employees I have encountered in my career.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a household name in the Western U.S. I am sure that it will get there within the next 5-10 years!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 5, 2010

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August 5, 2010

This is a wonderful Program and I absolutely love what ETM-LA does. I had a chance to work with the kids and it was wonderful seeing them enjoy music.Music is really important because it can help a child academically and emotionally. Music is a character builder and ETM-LA is helping this children grow to be wonderful people.Thank you ETM-LA for a being such an amazing program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been to concerts and worked with the kids in the class room. It was wonderful see them grow as people and as musicians.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 5, 2010

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August 5, 2010

I believe ETM-LA is a wonderful program that is constantly impacting the lives of many students (including my son), teacher and families. Students are able to discover their gifts and talents in music, which unlocks parts of their brain, helping them to do well in school(academically,socially,emotionally) and makes it easier for teachers to teach. Families are able to enjoy,celebrate and nurture the talent of the child. This is my personal testimony. Thank You ETM-LA Amazing program!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended the concerts and observed the dedication of teachers and genuine desires for students to do well.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

ETM-LA has positively changed the outlook of my students in a very dynamic fashion and has added tremendous value to the Castelar community. The value that they have added is to create a culture of musical and creative discipline. My students are eager to commit themselves to the practice and the dedication needed to master an instrument. Considering the fact that students (and adults) express their academic, inter-personal, and intra-personal attributes in various ways. ETM-LA has channeled many of my students to show evidence of learning through the arts. I am grateful for their solid and consistent support. Mr. Quinonez, 5th grade teacher 2009 - 2010

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching and participating in their musical services.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

augment some technological advances in the composing of music, so the students can begin composing off of the software that already exist; in order to perform their own music

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professionalism and patience to see my students through the tougher musical pieces.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

service the entire North American continent; service developing countries, such as Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Africa.

Ways to make it better...

my students and I would have a DVD of the musical piece so we can continue learning at home

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the awareness that it exist and the caliber of service that it provides in comparison to other organizations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

technology can reach and educate other folks if used well

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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