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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Education Through Music–Los Angeles, an independent 501(c)3 organization, began in the Fall of 2006 to provide and promote the integration of music into the curricula of disadvantaged schools in order to enhance students' academic performance and creative and general development.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: In the 2010-2011 school year, etm-la served approximately 3,000 children in ten los angeles partner schools with music instruction once a week throughout the school year - disciplines included general music, chorus, recorder, guitar, violin, viola and cello - taught by professional teaching artists who use a comprehensive and sequential, skills-based curriculum that meets national and state content standards. Etm-la's ten partner schools in 2010-2011 were: castelar elementary, el dorado elementary, foster elementary, madison elementary, nativity school, norwood elementary, rio vista elementary, st. Ignatius school, and st. Sebastian school, west hollywood elementary. Etm-la employed 12-15 teaching artists and interns, 2 field supervisors, and 2 program coordinators. Etm-la provided ongoing mentoring and extensive training with monthly site observations and professional development for teaching artists and 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 teaching artists 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 afterschool enrichment and concert assemblies.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!!!