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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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


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.