Music has always been an important part of my life, and I think offering music in school is just as crucial as any academic subject. The time I spent learning music in school as a child (chorus and cello) taught me very important skills that carried through to adulthood like responsibility, collaboration and time management. Not to mention that I can still sing every word of a song I learned for chorus in 4th grade! In a time where funding for the arts is being cut drastically, organizations like ETM-LA are essential for our children! I was made aware of the organization a few years ago, but because I do not live in LA I have not been able to volunteer (something I am very passionate about doing for organizations I believe in). I was however able to attend a virtual event recently held, and I loved every minute of it! The passion for music that resonated from the children was so palpable it brought me to tears. Bravo to ETM-LA for all that you do! You mission is so, so important!!
Education Through Music- Los Angeles (ETM-LA) has single handily changes the culture of my school site. Before partnering with ETM-LA, my school site, Oak Street School, had not Arts program. Now every single student in our school receives a professional comprehensive music education program. Attendance has improved when our students have music classes. My students, staff, and parents love and appreciate ETM-LA, and so do I.
Interning at the ETM-LA office was an amazing experience! It's clear to anyone who interacts with the organization that it's a team full of light, laughter, and drive. Their passion for their work is contagious. Not only do they love what they do, but they live it. Each member of the team is a walking example of the positive impact of music education, and their dedication to providing children with the same opportunity is inspiring.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles does extraordinary work bringing sequential music education as part of the core curriculum to disadvantaged students in over 40 schools in LA. Through the dedication, professionalism and passion of ETM-LA’s exceptional team, led by Executive Director, Victoria Lanier, and the integral support of its partners and donors, ETM-LA has a profound and measurable impact on the quality of lives of children, their families and communities that it serves.
My son has never been so happy in his life ETMLA has been a blessing to his life. Music has increased his self esteem and improved his confidence. The opportunities that my son got through ETMLA exceeded our expectations as parents. Jerry got to sing for hundreds of people throughout his elementary years. He became school 5th grade president and inspired many students to also join music. ETMLA is always in our hearts, we love everyone that works In this organization and people that donate as well.
ETMLA is doing incredible work for kids all over the Los Angeles area. It's amazing to see the work they continue to do during this pandemic. They haven't missed a beat with providing lessons to their students during this time that music can really be a savior to these kids who can't be in the classroom and are stuck at home with little structure. ETMLA is a vital part of the school system in Los Angeles and I am proud to serve on the board.
I am a great supporter of the arts programs in public education; after all, they put the heART into learning. I was in my middle school and high school orchestra and loved every minute of it. I would have joined the orchestra in elementary, but my family couldn't afford the instrument rental fees. When I first heard about ETMLA, I felt moved and proud that such a program existed for the kids in my community. ETMLA offers an incredible gift to the children of Los Angeles; not only do they offer an escape from every day life, but they give the kids an opportunity to gain character building talents/tools. Whenever I volunteer at ETMLA, I feel that 100% of their efforts and resources go to help the kids in the arts programs. Everyone is so kind, energetic, and knowledgeable. I am proud to call myself a volunteer.
ETM-LA has been an incredible partner in expanding our arts program. The teacher they assigned to our school is exceptional and the administrative staff have been incredibly supportive.
One of my favorite things to do on a tough day is pass by the music classroom and listen to our students amazing voices.
By far, one of the best investments we have made!
Education Through Music is a program that reaches many students in the Los Angeles Area who would otherwise not have an opportunity to learn and express themselves through music. Not only are students taught what music is and how we can use music for expression, but the teacher at our school inspired students to seek out additional music opportunities by taking private instrument lessons. Students look forward to "Music Day." Students know something exciting is going to happen. To have such a high caliber multi-instrumentalist musician-teacher coming to our school has been a rewarding experience for both teachers and students.
ETM-LA has an extraordinary staff of music teachers who bring the performing arts to life for our elementary students. This organization is efficiently and effectively run, by musicians who are driven by their mission to reach out to our neediest kids.
This is a one-of-a-kind organization dedicated to keeping quality music education in local, disadvantaged schools as a right for every student. It is truly inspiring to see the dedication of their music teachers, staff, volunteers, board, parents, and educators who work with them on a daily basis. The transformation and positive impact experienced by the school and entire community is palpable and life-changing.
I went to public elementary and middle school in update New York in the 1960s and was fortunate to be exposed to music education as part of the core curriculum for arts. I learned early on the benefits of this type of education. Field trips included visits to the symphony, which made a huge impression on me and is where my love of classical music began. I exposed my children to all types of music at home when they were growing up, since they did not have the same opportunities I did at school. I'm proud to say that now two of my daughters work and/or volunteer with music associated organizations. Music plays such an important part in our lives. The work done by ETM-LA is important in that it brings exposure to music to those that might not otherwise get that opportunity. This is a wonderful organization. Please give it your support.
My experience working with ETM-LA has been eyeopening and inspiring. Every person on the staff is incredibly talented and hardworking, and cares very deeply about making a difference for every child. Being able to learn from their expertise on how best to serve students has made my life better - just like how Music makes my life better!
Education Through Music Los Angeles is an incredible organization. Their vision is clear and transparent, and executed with excellence and love for all involved. They have pioneered music programs across the city and continue to expand. They bring joy to the students they reach, and volunteers always feel like we are making a true difference. I have made such good friends through ETM-LA and I know it's because of the welcoming and mission-oriented environment they have built. There are so many ways to get involved and the staff has a knack for knowing and growing their volunteers strengths. Although I am volunteering my time and energy, I always always feel like I am gaining so much in my experiences with ETM-LA.
I have been volunteering with ETM for a few years now and this organization and the people behind it have continually and increasingly impressed me with their commitment to the mission, their ability to create and exceed their goals, their transparency and stewardship of resources and their ever expanding impact on the lives of kids in our city. They are truly an amazing group.
Outstanding organization dedicated to providing opportunities for under served youth and schools in the Los Angeles area with a quality music education experience. This organization now only works to address the immediate educational, emotional and social needs of children but also address the greater issue of equity in music education for all children but providing resources for school administrators to begin to make their programs self-sustaining.
I have never personally come cross a charity that puts so much soul and passion into their work. What ETM-LA is doing is molding the future to be a truly better place. Children who would otherwise have no access to music education, are now able to learn to play music (with outstanding instructors and instruments they wouldn't otherwise have) and become well-rounded individuals. Music makes kids better students and, in turn, gives them a better future. I'm rooting for ETM-LA!!
ETMLA is a wonderful non-profit that is dedicated to providing music education to children in underserved schools throughout LA county. The ETM-LA administration and teaching staff are passionate about music education and sharing their love of music with the children of LA. I've had the opportunity to sit in on music classes and attend end of year band concerts and I've seen how excited the children are to perform what they've learned. ETM-LA's work is truly inspiring!
ETM-LA is a transformative organization that provides quality music education in schools where performing arts programs have been eliminated due to budget cuts. As a volunteer at the organization for about three years, I have witnessed the significant growth and impact on early childhood development, as young children emerge into young artists. As Gerald Ford once said, "Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. "
I enjoy working for ETM-LA! It really hits home with me by sharing the same ethical music education values. With that, I am privileged to mentor and support music teachers in developing long term professional growth plans for them. Along with helping to strengthen each teacher's pedagogy, as well as assisting them to effectively address daily teaching challenges. In addition to guiding music teachers in reflecting on their performance, setting professional goals, overcoming challenges and celebrating successes. The best of it all, is that I get to directly and indirectly make a positive difference through ETM-LA in the music education of children :)
ETM-LA may be a small nonprofit, but the difference they make in the lives of children, families, and communities is enormous. What's more, ETM-LA puts in the work to ensure their music programs are of the highest quality so that even the most disadvantaged have the best music education possible.
Their staff and their volunteers are joyful and a true delight to be around, making this nonprofit truly one of the best.
The mission of Education Through Music-Los Angeles is so vital, and it is a privilege to be able to support this organization. Studying and performing music has had the greatest positive impact on me personally from my school years onwards, so knowing that I am helping to make it possible for children to have music education who otherwise would not is incredibly rewarding and motivating. The continuing growth of ETM-LA is a testament to their dedication, perseverance, and passion.
I've been volunteering with ETM-LA since February 2017. The staff is very close knit and work together with great focus. Each team member has been extremely friendly and communicative of their appreciation to me as a volunteer. The ongoing experience I've had as a classroom/teacher assistant has also been inspiring. It's incredible to witness and participate in the students' enthusiasm and growth as up and coming musicians.
ETMLA does incredible work throughout its partner schools in Los Angeles. The passion their hand-trained music teacher's have for music and educating, their dedicated and long-standing volunteer base, and the impact they have on the 15,000 students they serve make ETMLA a truly outstanding non-profit.
I am a member of the board of directors of ETM-LA. The organization is impressive in many ways. It is a results-oriented program, with talented, committed, and passionate members throughout, clearly dedicated to the success of the mission. I continue to be inspired by the ETM-LA team and the work that they do, and am privileged to have the opportunity to be involved.
This Non-profit has helped our son (10) develop more love, skills, and confidence in Music. Joshua has now mastered reading music of very complex compositions at such a young age. Joshua's participation in the Chorus choir was such a great privilege as he managed to realize his full potential as a young child in the field of the arts. Also meeting with other fellow kids with various talents in Music, it became an eye opener for him that much more can be learned at a very young age.
I have been able to experience what music can impact on a child's life. It brings them confidence, not to give up and improve every day, I am very happy that my son can be part of such a wonderful opportunity.
Castelar has been in partnership with ETM for over 12 years. Their teachers are top notch, and no student is left out. ETM fills a void that is no longer provided by our school district. Our students enjoy coming to school to learn music. You can always see the excitement on our students faces when they see one of the music teacher. We consider our ETM music teacher part of our Castelar family. They are always included in all of our activities outside of the classroom. ETM services are so valuable that all our fund raising every year is to pay for this program.
I’ve met almost every staff member, from the office to the teachers in the schools, and everyone in the organization is devoted to sharing the gift of music education to those kids and communities who might not otherwise have access. When a student in Kindergarten can articulate how music makes their life better, just as well as a student in the 4th grade, that’s ETM-LA’s mission in action!
My daughter took up violin lessons last summer and thanks to Victoria and Mr Long, shes come a long way in a short period of time. Thank you for everything you do for Mariana and all the ETM students!!!!
ETM-LA is a prominent organization making a difference in children's lives early on. They are an essential part in supporting the development of learning, encouraging talent, and building confidence. I am proud to have joined the ETM-LA team as a volunteer, and truly look forward to continued support in any way possible.
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.
ETM-LA is an amazing organization. They bring inspiration to everyone involved in the group. As volunteers, you see kid's eyes light up with excitement when they learn something new, or perform in front of people. The kind of confidence and learning excitement that ETM-LA gives children will affect so many other aspects of their learning. Music is such an important component of education and learning that often gets left out. Education Through Music - LA is bringing that to the students who need it most and they are doing it in a way that is inspiring and fun.
I was delighted to learn about ETM-LA and their inspirational work with keeping music in children's lives through schools, so it was without hesitation that I joined their ranks of volunteers. I was incredibly fortunate to grow up at a time when music was offered regularly in my public schools. It's such a loss when children don't have an opportunity to experience music classes as a standard part of their educations. ETM-LA Executive Director Victoria Lanier has impressed me with her sincere passion and tireless efforts to make this an excellent organization. I am not surprised at the outpouring of support and continuing involvement in ETM-LA by so many professionals in the music industry.
Education Through Music - LA is a frontrunner in positive change in our broken education system here in the greater Los Angeles community. As a professional musician and former educator I can truly attest that this program not only provides underserved children with the highest quality music education, but more importantly enhances all aspects of these children's academic experience through its incredible comprehensive curriculum. This program's primary focus is to use the key fundamentals of music (rhythm, pitch, reading, mathematical divisions, emotional expression, historical context, sequencing, scientific principles of sound and physics, foreign languages, eye/hand coordination and motor skills, public presentation/performance skills, artistic expression ...to name a few) to enhance and support the students grasp on essential life skills and academics. In addition, this is not an after-school program. This program is part of the regular school day for every child! I have seen first hand the profound difference they have made in children's lives over the years and am proud to say I will continue to support the wonderful work they do in the lives of our children and our community!
ETM-LA brings inspiration and personal development for not only its students, but parents, co-workers and volunteers alike. ETM-LA has created an environment that is focused on people connecting and learning on a face to face basis. They take great care in providing resources and tools to people that would otherwise be forgotten about. ETM-LA helps to remind us that people providing information in an intelligent, caring, and nurturing way will always aid in developing future intelligent, caring, and nurturing mentors.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles is a non-profit that truly believes in the mission to bring music to every child in Los Angeles. Glad to be a part of this wonderful organization.
If you are passionate about music and would like to get involved in bringing first hand music education to the future generation; then I highly recommend volunteering and supporting ETM-LA. Victoria and her staffs commitment, passion and energy to bring music as a core curriculum to the inner city school community is truly unmatched. I've been a regular volunteer for the past 2 years and couldn't have been more proud to have served this organization.
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!
This wonderful organization is child, education and music focused. They believe in providing high quality training for their teachers and the benefits are evident in the quality of programs that they provide. I was able to observe an elementary music class and was impressed with the children's enthusiasm and pride in the music they were learning and performing.
This is such an amazing organization! The people that work there are incredible. They are passionate, dedicated, sincere and so appreciative of anyone and everyone's efforts to help ETM-LA. I have worked with many different organizations in my lifetime, but ETM-LA stands out as one of the best non-profit I have been fortunate to be involved. These great people and the inspiring work they do for our community and children for education in music is life changing for many.
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.
ETM-LA is a terrific organization. The people who work there are dedicated, passionate individuals who absolutely love music. The work they do with the children is incredible, and the children love it, too. If you value wonderful people doing tremendous work, consider giving your time to ETM-LA.
i have both worked and volunteered for this nonprofit. I've seen many aspects of the organization, from dedication and passion from the staff members to the impact music instruction has on the students. ETM-LA has had a huge impact on the students of Los Angeles, and the music instruction is top-notch.
ETM-LA puts music into under privileged schools in the Greater Los Angeles area serving over 6,000 low income disadvantaged youth. The passion for having music education for every child as part of their core curriculum in schools is shared with the staff, faculty, and volunteers of ETM-LA. They work tirelessly to develop funds and raise awareness for ETM-LA's mission, education in music. I'm honored and appreciative to be a part of such a meaningful organization!
This is an outstanding non-profit that provides comprehensive music education to disadvantaged students in Los Angeles area schools. During a time where music programs are being cut, not only do they partner with districts and schools to support the reestablishment of school music programs, they level the playing field by making sure EVERY CHILD receives the highest quality music instruction from expert, well trained music teachers. This goes beyond after school programming, special assemblies or temporary artist residencies. They are IN SCHOOL for ALL GRADES for the entire school year. The programming is outstanding and schools are seeing real results not only for the learning of music, but the development of the whole student.
This is a fantastic non profit, doing wonderful work and really making a positive impact on childrens' lives all over Los Angeles.
Everyone is so friendly and supportive and I love being involved!
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.
I have known ETM-LA since April, 2011 and find them to be an excellent non-profit. They are very professional and I am glad to give my highest recommendation.
It is amazing when you find a unique nonprofit that truely is dedicated to the program goals and the children. Education Through Music - Los Angeles is that nonprofit and it is wonderful to see how the management and staff will do anything to support the childred with honesty, professionism and developing the musical goals for each child with interface to the community.
Education Through Music-Los Angeles provides music programs to students in public, parochial, and charter schools, with every child in these partnership schools receiving a general music education. With school districts cutting funding for the arts, I think it is more important than ever to continue the tradition of a comprehensive, sequential music education in schools so that every child may have the opportunity to learn and experience the gift of music. ETM-LA is a non-profit that truly cares about changing the lives of the children, and making a difference by strongly believing in the mission to bring music into disadvantaged schools in Los Angeles.
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!
Before working with Education Through Music-LA, I was involved with numerous music education programs in both NYC and LA. I continue to dedicate myself to this work - to ensure every child receives music education as part of the core curriculum - because ETM-LA's sequential comprehensive music education programming, and the ETM model is TOP-NOTCH. ETM-LA transforms our schools and communities with whom we work, and will continue to come alongside our school districts, parents, principals, and community leaders to keep music in our schools.
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.
ETM-LA is a magnificent program for all children. From my observation, it promotes and brings about peace, culture, and education to the forefront of the community. This is exactly what the students of Los Angeles needs now more than ever. Since my daughter has been participating in ETM-LA her Music skills as well as her Math skills has developed tremendously. Music is the one key element in bringing about world peace and human kindness in such a diverse society. Music brings us all together as one big beautiful happy family. ETM-LA does a remarkable job in educating students in becoming all he or she can be!!! Thank you so much ETM-LA!! Nece Smith
I played the piano accompaniment for one of ETM-LA's Student Recital and experienced first hand how competent, loving and caring the ETM-LA teachers were. They were not only teaching children how to play violin or cello, they use musical experience to teach children the sense of self-esteem, cooperation and the joy of accomplishment.
My experience as a volunteer with ETM-LA is very rewarding. The organization is far reaching as it impacts handreds of students personally by providing classroom music instruction they would not otherwise receive. It is evident that the staff and board members are fully devoted to making a difference in a child's life by giving them the gift of music. As a retired school teacher I feel a deep level of satisfaction knowing the benefits of music in a child's education impacts success in all areas of the school curriculum.
Volunteering for Education Through Muisc Los Angeles is always a pleasure. I love working with the kids and seeing them grow. Its always amazing to see how they learn and how much I learn from them. ETM-LA has changed the lives of so many children and I am grateful to be apart of that.
When I first discovered Education Through Music Los Angeles I knew I wanted to be a part of the organization in any way possible. When I was a kid, the music program at school was cut. I was lucky enough to have parents who understood the importance of music education AND had the means to provide me with private lessons. ETM-LA comes through in the clutch the same way my parents did for me. They are some of the most kind, dedicated, and sincere people I have met. It is a beautiful and heart-opening experience every time I volunteer . I know that with more funding this fantastic non-profit will have its profound impact on an even larger scale. We desperately need it. Where would any of us be without music?
Education Through Music - Los Angeles fills an incredibly important role within LA area schools: providing comprehensive music instruction in schools where district music programs have been drastically reduced or cut altogether. In ETM-LA schools, EVERY SINGLE STUDENT has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. The overall academic and life benefits of this are far too numerous to cover here, so I'll just say that I am honored to be involved and volunteer for ETM-LA.
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.
Working with ETM-LA has been a fantastic experience for me. I have had the chance to meet a variety of students from a wide range of backgrounds, and have seen the impact music can have on their lives. The great work that ETM-LA is doing in our community is creating well-rounded, articulate, and excited students for the future.
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.
Everyone at ETM-LA is so incredibly passionate about what they do. They truly care about the kids they help and I can tell, just from their stories, that the kids' lives are completely changed by the contributions by ETM-LA. It is a magnificent program that I am so proud to be apart of, even in a very small way.
ETM-LA provides valuable instruction in the classroom to students throughout Los Angeles, who may otherwise not receive music in their schedule. As a teaching artist with ETM-LA, I have found the program to not only benefit the students, but also the teachers who gain valuable training and peer assessment through ETM-LA's teacher workshops. I will forever be thankful to ETM-LA for all the help and guidance they have given me, as a music teacher, along with the wonderful experience of working with so many of Los Angeles' brightest young minds.
ETM-LA is the rare organization that fills a pressing educational void with a well thought out and well executed program: curricular and logistical support for students, teachers and schools, excellent administration and a passionate base of supporters. I am so proud to see fellow musicians taking an active role in ensuring that the next generation will experience music-making and all the benefits that flow from it!