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Music Education in 2020: ETM-LA Training Inspires Teachers

Contact: Katie Boone
Phone: (818) 433-7600


BURBANK, CA – Music teachers and educators from across Los Angeles attended ETM-LA’s annual Winter Training Institute, held at American Federation of Musicians Local 47 in Burbank.

Music Teacher Brandon Encinas leads a Suzuki workshop during ETM-LA’s Winter Training Institute on Tuesday, January 7.

Our dedicated program staff conducted a two-day series of workshops covering topics such as student engagement, movement, music composition, curriculum design, instrumental technique, and music technology. The workshops implemented a variety of pedagogical styles such as Kodály, Orff, and Suzuki. The participants gained invaluable insight and new ideas.  One teacher shared that they learned “so many activities! I won’t have to worry about running out of lesson plans,” while another remarked that they appreciated going deeper on “THE PROCESS…; the little things matter and I’m glad I got to see it all broken down for a first day.”

Classes ranged from early childhood to middle school-focused, including “Teaching a Song: Weaving it into a Lesson Plan,” “Teaching Multiple Instruments at Once,” “Composing with Your Ensemble,” and “Intro to Violin Technique for Elementary School.”

An ETM-LA teacher shared, “I’m excited to try a lot of new methods with my own students.

Music teachers in ETM-LA’s network receive over 100 hours of professional development workshops, personal mentorship, and coaching, as well as access to educational resources. ETM-LA’s year-round trainings support teachers’ professional development by deepening their knowledge and enhancing their skills, ensuring their long-term success. Our teachers impact the lives of hundreds of kids and are committed to making a positive difference in their community.

ETM-LA currently serves approximately 17,500 children in 42 schools, offering weekly music as part of the core curriculum in such diverse communities as Bellflower, Boyle Heights, Burbank, Compton, Chinatown, ​Downtown LA, ​East LA, Inglewood, ​Pasadena, San Fernando Valley,​ and South Central LA. As we return back from winter break, we’re excited to see what our teachers have in store!

Education Through Music-Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and promote music in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum for every child in order to enhance students’ academic achievement, creativity, and overall development.

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