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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Education Through Music-LA is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission to provide music in disadvantaged schools to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative overall development. ETM-LA partners with inner-city schools to provide yearlong music instruction and is based on the ETM® model (New York, 1991). For more information, visit www.etmla.org

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: Now entering its 13th year, ETM-LA has expanded from 2 schools and 800 children to a planned 35 schools and approximately 15,000 schoolchildren with weekly music as part of the core curriculum in such diverse communities as Compton, South Central,​ Chinatown, Boyle Heights, ​Downtown LA, ​East Los Angeles, Pacoima, ​Pasadena, Burbank, Canoga Park, San Fernando Valley,​ and West Los Angeles. ETM-LA provides ongoing mentoring and extensive training with monthly site observations and professional development for 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 music teachers 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 after-school enrichment and concert assemblies.

Community Stories

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Bobbi H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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. "

1 Franklin F. G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Francis L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.
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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Jessica136

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Education Through Music-Los Angeles is a high-quality program that brings sequential and comprehensive music education to schools in need. The teaching artists are trained, top-notch instructors who are passionate and dedicated to students.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I couldn't get our son away from the computers, video games, xbox you name. Then ETM at Rio Vista Elementary some how changed all that. He now has been taking music guitar classes and studying theory. Now he practices everyday to the point we've purchased a guitar and it has cut his computer gaming time by 70%. The ETm is a God-send, I thought the only way to get him away from gaming would be to put him on punishment. He now has a better sense of direction, discipline and determination to learn music and the guitar. Kudos to ETM

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETM has been a fantastic resource as an aspiring music educator. While working with ETM, I have discovered an entire community of passionate artists and teachers all working together to better the lives of students. I look forward to seeing this organization grow and to be a part of such a strong network of artists.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ETM-LA is a great organization because the people who work and volunteer with the organization are so dedicated. In my experience with helping to organize events and prepare for the annual gala, the volunteers and staff members went far outside their job duties to make sure that everything went well. In addition, everyone associated with ETM-LA is dedicated to the children that receive the benefits of the organization. Everyone understands the importance of music education and really tries hard to ensure that music education can reach many as many LA children as possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in the music industry I realize the importance of music education for school children. I think every child should have some sort of music education and ETM-LA's work in this field is a great contribution to the Los Angeles community. Growing up with music helped shape me into the person I am now and I am so happy that thanks to ETM-LA other children are getting the opportunity that I was so privileged to have. ETM-LA goes beyond the music curriculum and offers real life musical experiences that show the kids another side of Los Angeles.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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.