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Education Through Music-Los Angeles Goes Back-to-school with Exciting Events and Partnerships


Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) Goes Back-to-school with Exciting Events and Partnerships

25 Schools Will Benefit from ETM-LA Programs During the 2016-2017 School Year

(September 14, 2016 – Burbank, CA) – Education Through Music Los Angeles (ETM-LA) is preparing for Los Angeles-area students to go back to school with exciting new partnerships and programs – welcoming five new schools to its expanding roster. ETM-LA partners with inner-city schools with the mission to provide and promote music in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum for every child to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative and overall development.

The partner schools include:

Aspire JCA School
Aspire Titan School
Castelar Elementary
Cleveland Elementary
Dolores Mission
Dorris Place Elementary
El Dorado Elementary
Foster Elementary
Guardian Angel School
Holy Spirit School
Hooper Elementary
ICEF Charter
Ingenium Charter Elementary
McKinley Elementary (Burbank)
McKinley Elementary (Compton)
Normandie Elementary
Norwood Elementary
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School
Providencia Elementary
Rio Vista Elementary
Resurrection School
St. Mary Magdalene
Washington Elementary
Webster Elementary
West Hollywood Elementary

ETM-LA is preparing exciting new events for students including:

September 26 & 27, 2016 – Students at the Dorris Place Elementary School will be treated to a visit by country music songwriter Liz Rose (best known for her work with Taylor Swift) in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Words & Music program. The students will rehearse a song they co-wrote under Rose’s direction that they will perform the following night as part of the “All For the Hall” concert.

November 3, 2016 – ETM-LA Associates Board Member Angel Velez will host a special fundraising event – Silent Films Live – at the Malibu Screening Room. The program for the evening will include newly commissioned music for silent films by film/tv/games composers including John Debney, Kevin Kiner, Juhi Bansal, Laura Karpman, Jeff Russo, Jeff Cardoni, Jeff Beal, Austin Wintory and others, performed by the Helix Collective.

ETM-LA kicked off the school year last month with three exciting events:

August 15-19, 2016 – ETM-LA welcomed representatives from 25 partner schools for the annual Summer Academy Training with workshops educating teachers how best to bring music to their schools with limited funding. The training workshop featured special guest, Richard Meyer – a recently retired full-time teacher in the public schools who has taught music students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels for over 30 years. He taught instrumental music at both the middle and high school levels in the Pasadena Unified School District for 12 years before taking the position of directing the elementary string programs and orchestras at Oak Avenue Intermediate School in Temple City Unified School District.

August 22, 2016 – Performing Rights Organization BMI hosted their seventh annual charity golf tournament, with proceeds benefiting ETM-LA. The members-only event featured a performance by David Hernandez, a student at ETM-LA partner school, Guardian Angel.

August 31, 2016 – Composer Joseph Trapanese and The Echo Society welcomed select students to their fifth multi-media event “V” featuring new works by the Echo Society collective alongside guest collaborators Clark, The Haxan Cloak, Ted Hearne, and Chelsea Wolfe.

ETM-LA forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary and middle schools that lack the resources for school-wide music programs. Music is taught both as a subject in its own right and as a means of supporting learning in other areas. ETM-LA collaborate with principals and districts to develop partnerships that employ the following components to reinforce music’s role as a core subject:
● Music instruction for every child that is weekly, year long, and follows a skills-based, comprehensive and sequential curriculum.
● Integration to support learning in a range of academic areas with a focus in Common Core Strategies.
● Professional development to improve instruction and understanding of arts education in the school community.
● Enrichment opportunities, such as concerts, private lessons and summer camp scholarships.
● Evaluation and assessment.
● Parent and community involvement.
● Long-term planning for sustaining instruction.
ETM-LA hires music teachers and teaching artists to serve as music faculty where needed, so that each partner school can provide weekly music instruction to every student, both general and special education, regardless of talent or ability. Current disciplines provided include violin, cello, guitar, chorus, ukulele, general music, band and recorder. ETM-LA works with a variety of collaborating organizations to provide enrichment opportunities to students. In addition, ETM-LA provides ongoing training and mentoring for the music teachers and any district music teachers in place at its partner schools; professional development for academic teachers; leadership and strategic planning guidance for principals; and advocacy support at parent meetings. We assess programs through ongoing communication, skills assessments, observation rubrics, surveys and other analysis. Interested schools may submit an application.

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