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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Music education improves the way the human brain processes spoken language. Castelar students are privilidged to have ETM here. Each year, my students are motivated to learn and play their instruments (both the cello and the violin). My third grade students look forward to their lessons each week. ETM has helped my students develop discipline and self confidence.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My second graders eagerly await their weekly instrument lesson. Their interest is evident by the total attention they give to their music instructor.Each lesson incorporates listening,speaking,reading, and performance skills. After just a few sessions, my students' self esteem and self confidence have grown tremendously.Their confidence now allows them to fully participate and savor each music lesson.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has improved the focus, motivation, and achievement of our elementary students. By using musical instruments as an incentive, students learn to literally "play" together. Class cohesion has improved. At-risk students have an additional medium in which to succeed. Listening skills and coordination are amplified. Students observe their teachers learning a new skill along side them. This has been a wonderful enhancement to the school program.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

• I have been a classical music lover since I was 13 years old. • The amazing aspect of classical music is the intellectual and emotional messages it sends to the listener. This kind of communication to children is something that is a very enlightening experience. • Giving children the ability to play a musical instrument very much ties in with the listening to music – classical and otherwise. It gives them a feeling of serenity, excitement and more. • ETM-LA is the type of organization that is so very important in today’s society by giving children the opportunity not only to hear but to perform music. That is so important for the emotions of the brain and the heart.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ETM-LA is such a breath of fresh air for music programs in Los Angeles. In a day and age where music is unfortunately being cut from school curricula, I have been fortunate enough to work with an organization who is able to bring music back into the schools through guided instruction, and reach hundreds of students on a daily basis. As a 2nd grade cello instructor, I have noticed an immense amount of improvement in the student's mentality and approach to music through this program. The students leave the classroom happy and fulfilled, often mentioning that they wish they could stay in class after it is over. This would not be possible without such an extraordinary program!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Teaching Artist in the program, I have the honor of working with each of the schools, the ETM-LA director and staff, and the students. Without the donations provided to the organization, I would not be able to carry on my own dream of bringing music education to students who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Although it is true that the students do not get to practice their guitars at home (I'm a guitar teacher), using the curriculum and training provided by ETM-LA makes it possible for them to continue to excel with such limitations.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

ETM opened a new window of opportunity for one of my special education students. He was having great difficulty in all subject areas this year and it was beginning to affect his self-esteem. Then one day, during the ETM cello lesson, he began to shine. His posture was perfect, he was hitting all the notes, and he even remembered the names of some of the notes! The teacher commended him on his progress and you could see a visible change in his demeanor. Now when he goes to cello class he holds his head up high and feels proud of himself. What a wonderful gift! Thank you ETM! Liseli Walan, 5th Grade Teacher, Castelar E.S.

9

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

ETM-LA has brought an aspect of learning to the 2nd-5th grade students of Castelar Elementary School had not experienced prior to their partnership with us. The students along with their teachers learn the fundamentals of violin or cello each week culminating in a Spring concert each year. My students look forward to Mondays when they have ETM and a few have purchased their own instruments to practice on their own.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

John Lennon succinctly described my feelings about music and ETM-LA when he said "As I play the game of life I try to make it better each and every day. And when I struggle in the night the magic of the music seems to light the way. JOHN LENNON, Intuition" My hope is that my volunteer activities with ETMLA help give the gift of music that can make life better each and every day!

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a homeroom teacher at a school that partners with ETM-LA. I think it is a fantastic program; all of our students are learning to play an instrument. Students come back from music class smiling and wanting to share what chord or song they have mastered on the guitar. The two concerts a year also give the students an opportunity to display their talents. Not only do our students learn to play an instrument, ETM-LA has also provided our students with several concerts and musical appreciation presentations. Our students are lucky to have such a program!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school has worked with ETM-LA for the past two years. The program and the staff are fantastic. The students look forward to their weekly classes and are learning a great deal about music.I would highly recommend this program to other schools that are interested in an instrumental music program at their school.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as an ETM-LA staff member and volunteer for the past 2 years. ETM-LA has been my first experience working at a nonprofit, but having been involved with other organizations as a performer and educator, I must say that ETM-LA is very unique in its comprehensive approach to school reform. For ETM-LA, music education is not just a one-time experience. It is a movement that involves inspiring students, teachers, parents and principals by sharing the benefits and joy of music through a quality, integrated curriculum.