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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage


In honor of celebrating the Hispanic American and Latin American community year-round, we are shining a spotlight on the ways our music teachers and partner schools are recognizing Hispanic/Latin artists, culture, and history with their students.

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“Teaching music allows me to serve society & communities in a positive, fulfilling, and enjoyable way,” shares ETM-LA Music Teacher Sadoc Garcia. Born in Mexico City, Sadoc says that is one of those [musical] places where he “could listen to pretty much everything”. It was not until the age of nine that he arrived in the United States. “Heritage has played a role in connecting with and teaching my students because…”

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ETM-LA Band Students perform “Machu Picchu,” composed by Timothy Loest.

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On October 23, 2020, Education Through Music-Los Angeles continued its At-Home Family Hour Series with the songwriter and musicians behind Disney-Pixar’s Oscar-winning film, COCO. ETM-LA students, families, and community members enjoyed this special virtual event, which featured musical performances and gave a peek into the creative process of writing songs for film.

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INCA Peruvian Ensemble (The Music Center) performs Peruvian music and dance.

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Play along as Percussionist Kevin Ricard (Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Bette Midler) demonstrates the Afro-Cuban clave.

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Check out our Spotlight on our very own Dr. Franklin Goméz. He shares his experience as a music educator and how his

Hispanic Heritage has played a part in his musical journey.

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additional resources

From September 15 through October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month annually honors the cultures and contributions of the Latin American, Hispanic American, and Latinx communities.

National Education Association – fun and engaging Hispanic Heritage Month lessons, videos, & activities for grades K-12

10 TED Talks by Hispanic and Latinx Speakers for Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month – Arts Exhibits and Collections