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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Education Through Music–Los Angeles, an independent 501(c)3 organization, began in the Fall of 2006 to provide and promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and creative and general development.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: In the 2010-2011 school year, etm-la served approximately 3,000 children in ten los angeles partner schools with music instruction once a week throughout the school year - disciplines included general music, chorus, recorder, guitar, violin, viola and cello - taught by professional teaching artists who use a comprehensive and sequential, skills-based curriculum that meets national and state content standards. Etm-la's ten partner schools in 2010-2011 were: castelar elementary, el dorado elementary, foster elementary, madison elementary, nativity school, norwood elementary, rio vista elementary, st. Ignatius school, and st. Sebastian school, west hollywood elementary. Etm-la employed 12-15 teaching artists and interns, 2 field supervisors, and 2 program coordinators. Etm-la provided ongoing mentoring and extensive training with monthly site observations and professional development for teaching artists and teachers. Working closely with each school principal, etm-la designed a music program that addresses each individual partner school's needs. Etm-la continues to build collaboration between teaching artists and academic teachers, to engage the parents and overall community, and to guide school leaders to create strategies for long-term programming and self-sustainability. Furthermore, etm-la partners with other arts organizations to further enhance and to bring more opportunities for students' musical learning, including afterschool enrichment and concert assemblies.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being exposed to the lovely and competent leaders of ETM, my daughter was inspired to participate in the choir. She was so happy and motivated! The director is wonderful! The performance was fantastic, memorable and heart warming. I will never forget the evening performance and everything my daughter gets to do. Music expands people to be more than they thought they can be. I hope many more people can have this kind of experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my children have benefited by the programs ETM-LA have brought to our school. It is very important to my family that our children are exposed to the arts and with the generous assistance of ETM-LA they are exposed through music. Music is very important to the overall education of a child in my opinion. As a family of 5, we are not in a financial situation to pay for music lessons so I am very greatful to ETM-LA for the education they are providing for all the children in our school. My son has been chosen to be involved in several programs/fundraisers outside of school time that ETM-LA has been involved with and it has been a great experience for him. We are very fortunate to have ETM-LA at our school.

Sophia T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ETM - LA is a great organization. It has given my daughter the confidence she needed to succeed in school and in other facets of her life and other activities. Music is essential for a child's growth and it lends itself to better a child in other subjects or parts of their life. It is a great thing that They need to keep up the GREAT work they are doing for our children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 4th graders enjoy going to their weekly cello and violin lessons. The music instructors are wonderful. They've learned numerous skills from the music teachers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My second graders eagerly await their weekly instrument lesson. Their interest is evident by the total attention they give to their music instructor.Each lesson incorporates listening,speaking,reading, and performance skills. After just a few sessions, my students' self esteem and self confidence have grown tremendously.Their confidence now allows them to fully participate and savor each music lesson.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has improved the focus, motivation, and achievement of our elementary students. By using musical instruments as an incentive, students learn to literally "play" together. Class cohesion has improved. At-risk students have an additional medium in which to succeed. Listening skills and coordination are amplified. Students observe their teachers learning a new skill along side them. This has been a wonderful enhancement to the school program.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

ETM opened a new window of opportunity for one of my special education students. He was having great difficulty in all subject areas this year and it was beginning to affect his self-esteem. Then one day, during the ETM cello lesson, he began to shine. His posture was perfect, he was hitting all the notes, and he even remembered the names of some of the notes! The teacher commended him on his progress and you could see a visible change in his demeanor. Now when he goes to cello class he holds his head up high and feels proud of himself. What a wonderful gift! Thank you ETM! Liseli Walan, 5th Grade Teacher, Castelar E.S.