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ETM-LA Inc.

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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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.
- SO

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.