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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

ETM-LA is a great organization that truly inspires the entire educational and music community. Its commitment to providing children with the opportunity not only to learn (and love) music, but to develop math, reading, and social skills, is unparalleled and exemplary. I am so honored to be a part of this organization and believe wholeheartedly in its mission.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great charity, I have been working with them for a couple years now and the first thing I noticed is how dedicated and passionate the whole team is towards bringing music to every school. They are extremely hard-working and make all the events genuinely fun and exciting for all the kids who participate. Definitely a great non-profit!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Education Through Music - Los Angeles is an amazing organization. When I was growing up my parents asked me "What instrument do you want to play?" There was no question that I would play one - but the choice of which instrument was up to me. The rest is history. This amazing non-profit gives each child an introduction to music through free public school based music education programs. The children light up when learning about music and they are inspired to grow as individuals. Each child deserves the opportunity to learn about the arts and Education Through Music - Los Angeles is leading this movement!

The Board, staff and volunteers are all dedicated professionals with a love of children and music.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ETM-LA serves over 6,000 disadvantaged youth in low-income schools across Los Angeles. The staff, faculty, and volunteers of ETM-LA work tirelessly to develop funds and raise awareness for ETM-LA's mission. From choirs to string ensembles, ETM-LA provides a sustainable, in-school music curriculum and believes every child deserves a chance to receive an education in music. I'm honored and proud to be a small part of such a meaningful organization!

Austin W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with ETM-LA now for about 6 years and it is without question one of the most meaningful on-going projects in my life. To witness the life-changing quality music education has for the children in the program is one of the most life-affirming things I can possibly imagine.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ETM-LA is so amazing because it is providing high quality, continous music education to schools that would otherwise be without. The personnel is excellent - from the leadership to the staff, the level of passion for the organization, knowledge and desire to serve the community is incredible. It is unique (among other ways) in that it makes sure that the relationships with the schools and the communities is open. Communication is the key to success - each program is flexible in order to meet the needs of those specific schools, communities, and students. ETM-LA is effectively filling a vital need - and is growing year by year to serve more students.

Board Member

Rating: 5

"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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Board Member

Rating: 5

ETMLA strikes right at the core of my life. When I was a child, my involvement with music shaped me and set me on a course of lifelong fulfillment. We often talk about the relationship between music and self esteem, and music with test scores, and all of this is true. But one thing that I read once in a book about Beethoven said that the emotions in music are the equivalent of great values and great philosophy. Then - I saw how the spontaneous joy of music can become the spontaneous discovery of the feelings behind good values. I realized that when people make music, that it touches their truest feelings and selves. To give a child music is to give a child a soul. When I have been to our concerts, and I see underprivileged children dressing up in their finest clothes, and their families doing the same, and I see the pride in their eyes about what they have achieved, I know that these children are growing in the same way that music has helped me to grow. To me, our biggest challenge isn't just in raising money; it's in living in a society where the collective ignorance that our policy makers have about their own hearts would even allow them to think about cutting music out of our schools. And people have to vote for these policy makers? Someday, I don't just want people to realize that music will make children in to better engineers, doctors and lawyers - for it surely will; but that math and grammar will also make children in to better musicians. Teach on, ETMLA!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

ETM-LA is a very important part of my life. What they do for students, foremost, but also for schools / communities is difficult to summarize properly. The standard accomplishment of the program is the dramatic enrichment of a young child's early education and development. Adding music increases test scores, social aptitudes and many other ancillary benefits. That's the STANDARD, rather typical accomplishment! At its best, ETM-LA completely revitalizes communities which have been sadly neglected or otherwise under-served. The chain reaction caused by students suddenly participating in music-making brings new interactions between parents, school and kids that would otherwise never have happened. I had the immense pleasure of bringing a group of first-time music students from an ETM-LA partner school to a recording session for a big Hollywood production. Watching an 84-piece orchestra of some of the finest musicians in the world lit up these students' eyes beyond anything I could have predicted. Stories came back for weeks and weeks from the students about how inspiring that trip had been.