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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

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is well run in an efficient, organized manner. The staff and volunteers put 100% into everything they do to ensure they meet their goals. The music programs in the schools that ETM-LA supports exudes this same level of commitment which ultimately enhances the overall success of the childrens' academic achievement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for the past year, I have found ETM-LA to be an exceptionally, well-run organization for its small size. Victoria Lanier, the Executive Director, and the wonderful staff run a tight ship, and get the most out of every dollar. It's no wonder that ETM-LA has been able to grow the amount of students served despite the current school budget crisis.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I have seen firsthand the amazing dedication and sincere passion that the ETM-LA staff, teaching artists and Board members contribute to the organization's mission: to provide music education for every child. They are not only committed to serving the over 2,000 children that they currently provide music instruction to, but ensuring that all LAUSD children have a right to a well-rounded education in light of the current local budget crisis. With prior experience in the investment management community, I can without a doubt say that this organization has a top-notch, lean management team that has the right vision for the necessary tools that all students must possess in order to build our economy for the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful Program and I absolutely love what ETM-LA does. I had a chance to work with the kids and it was wonderful seeing them enjoy music.Music is really important because it can help a child academically and emotionally. Music is a character builder and ETM-LA is helping this children grow to be wonderful people.Thank you ETM-LA for a being such an amazing program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe ETM-LA is a wonderful program that is constantly impacting the lives of many students (including my son), teacher and families. Students are able to discover their gifts and talents in music, which unlocks parts of their brain, helping them to do well in school(academically,socially,emotionally) and makes it easier for teachers to teach. Families are able to enjoy,celebrate and nurture the talent of the child. This is my personal testimony. Thank You ETM-LA Amazing program!!!

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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.