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Students Experience the Joy of Learning in ETM-LA’s Summer Music Program


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

In June, nearly 100 students from ETM-LA partner schools enrolled in this year’s two-week Summer Music Program. Students participated in virtual summer course offerings of strings ensemble, band ensemble, and vocal/general music!

With mental health and wellness being of utmost importance for our students, each day began with a music therapy session led by Music Teacher and Therapy Specialist Ricardo Hurtado, which helped students become present and decompress before getting into the day’s musical learning. Jazz and blues were themes for this summer, with lessons focused on instrumental improvisation, vocal scatting, jazz instruments, song structure, and songwriting with the help of music technology software.

Activities included students creating a blues piece together, improvising with their instruments and voices, engaging in call and response, and learning about artists such as B.B. King and Randy Newman.

Parents and siblings joined in on the fun at home, too! A Parent shared: “My kids loved the small groups, they thrived when their instructor encouraged active participation… They had so much fun learning about the different types of music. Their favorite part was learning how to scat.” One of the students commented that their favorite part of the program was learning new songs and the song choices.”

This past school year, ETM-LA provided in-person music instruction and resources to 42 schools and approximately 18,500 students across LA County. In our upcoming 17th year of programming, your support will help ETM-LA continue closing the gap for low-income area schools that remain deprived of in-school, yearlong music and arts programs. We are more resolved than ever in our mission to support equity and access in providing quality music education.


Thank you to the California Community Fund for their generous support of our summer programs as part of the LA County Summer Learning Initiative.


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Education Through Music-Los Angeles is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and promote music in under-resourced 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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