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Spotlight on Vzya Toledo

"I strongly believe music education is important for every student's curriculum, which is why I hope to teach music someday."

2022 Program & Operations Summer Intern



My name is Vzya Toledo, I am 22 years old and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. My name is pronounced (WEET-suh) which comes from the traditional language of Oaxaca. I am currently majoring in Music at Santa Monica College (SMC) and will soon transfer to continue my Music Education degree.

I am a classically trained percussionist, and began my training in Middle school at age 12. My inspiration for music came from my uncles, who were both in musical groups. One of them even has a thriving business of selling custom made wood flutes and drums. My passion for music has driven me to become an aspiring music teacher. I have learned a lot of different things from all of my music teachers growing up. I strongly believe music education is important for every student’s curriculum, which is why I hope to teach music someday.

I have been in many types of music ensembles such as Percussion, Wind Ensemble, Jazz, and Chamber Choir. I have also been a part of the SMC’s promotion music video (drumset), performed a marimba solo at SMC’s “Welcome day”, and performed The Nutcracker with Ballet West. I am confident that the skills I developed in my past have prepared me for this internship with ETM-LA. I also greatly appreciate the chance to gain more experience in the educational field.

Interning at ETM-LA has been a great experience so far and I admire the mission the organization has for providing music to under-resourced schools. ETM-LA has taught me about the music education system in schools around Los Angeles and the program has been a great opportunity for my future career in Music Education.

I hope one day soon I will be prepared to help bring music education to more students as well!





Thank you to the Los Angeles County Department of Arts & Culture for your generous sponsorship!