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Principals Leadership Conference Transforms Communities

Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, January 26, Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) hosted its 14th Annual Principals Leadership Conference welcoming school principals, district leaders, parents, arts & community members, development staff, and arts advocates in Southern California. The annual conference encourages leaders in education to share, learn, and plan strategic goals to successfully explore music program growth across schools, districts, and local communities. By the end of the conference, attendees were left with the knowledge and understanding of the impact of music education, transformative leadership, measurable involvement, and strategic planning for music program sustainability.

The vision of ETM-LA aims to provide quality music education for every child through standards-based curricula and qualified music educators. Additionally, the vision is achieved through training school administrators and districts to confidently manage and effectively sustain a successful, cutting-edge, and impactful music education program. A truly successful music program thrives in the conditions of high-quality music instruction, district collaboration, consistent professional development, and evaluation paired with assessment, accountability, and community involvement. What sets ETM-LA apart from other models is our dynamic, modern, and relevant professional development for district leaders, partner schools, music educators, parents, and community members.

The 14th Annual Principals Leadership Conference included sessions on Building a Long-Term Vision for Sustainable Programming, Assessing Music Teacher Pedagogy, Engaging the Wider Community in Advocacy, Building an Ensemble Program, Long-Term Planning & Your School Culture, and more. 


Featured Facilitators and Speakers:

Abigail Barrett – Instructional Supervisor & Music Teacher, Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Peggy Flynn – Arts & Career Technical Education Coordinator, Burbank Unified School District

Emilio Garza – School Principal, ETM-LA School Partner Graduate, Elysian Heights Arts Magnet

Dr. Franklin Gómez – Director of Programs, Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Dr. Jennifer Kang-Moon – Senior Director, Education Services, Compton Unified School District

Victoria Lanier – Executive Director, Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Arvi Lapuz – Instructional Supervisor & Music Teacher, Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Blaire Lennane – Parent Advocate for Music Education, Educational Non-Profit Founder

Gillian McCarthy – Program Specialist, Arts Education and Youth Development, LA County Arts Ed Collective

Rickey MinorEmmy Award-Winning Music Director, Producer, & Composer, Education Through Music-Los Angeles Advisory Board

Tiffiny Reckley – Director of Community Affairs & Partnerships, Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Russ Sperling – Director of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), San Diego Unified School District


One school principal shared: “Thank you for creating a fun space where we could step outside our comfort zone and experience music. I love coming to [ETM-LA’s] conferences!”  Other feedback from participants included: “It was eye-opening to hear how there are more solutions out there and now I’m aware of quite a few ideas to walk through,” and “Please continue providing these conferences. They’re a breath of fresh air.”

ETM-LA looks forward to the impact and growth of music education throughout Los Angeles County as school, district, and community leaders go out to LEAD, LEARN, GROW, and SUSTAIN high-quality music programs!


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


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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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