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ETM-LA INC

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) partners with inner-city schools to provide music as a core subject for all children, and utilizes music education as a catalyst to improve academic achievement, motivation for school and self-confidence.

aka Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Burbank, CA

Mission

ETM-LA provides and promotes music as part of the core curriculum for disadvantaged schools to enhance children's academic performance, and creative and overall development.  We believe all children deserve a well-rounded education, one that includes music and the arts as part of the regular school day.  We work with Los Angeles County schools to create long-term sustainable music programs for every child in the school.

Ruling Year

2007

Principal Officer

Ms. Victoria Lanier

Main Address

2501 W. Burbank Blvd., Suite 301

Burbank, CA 91505 USA

Keywords

music, education, youth, arts, development, inner-city, public school, children, high quality, disadvantaged

EIN

87-0776958

 Number

6550813265

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Education Through Music-Los Angeles believes that every child deserves access to high-quality music education, taught by qualified and well-trained music teachers. Music can support learning in other key subjects, including math, science and language arts. Engaged parents and school communities are key to the success of students.
Better Core Learning Skills
Children's music education has even been linked to better reading, writing and mathematical skills.
Increased IQ
Music education in childhood has been linked to boosts of seven points on IQ scores during childhood, and this effect has shown to last beyond high school graduation.
Fewer Dropouts
Kids who are involved with the arts have higher grades and are less likely to drop out of school.
Higher Emotional Stability
Kids who play musical instruments are likely to have higher self-esteem, confidence, discipline, concentration, and emotional intelligence than kids who don't play instruments.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Music Education

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years),

Minorities,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Music Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each year, Education Through Music-LA increases its services at no cost low-income area partner schools. Our programming reaches additional students each year at no cost to the child.

Number of lessons taught

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities,

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Music Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

All children attending our partner schools receive weekly sequential music instruction for the entire year (approximately 30-32 weeks).

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years) ,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Music Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Music Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

ETM-LA provides year-round professional development for our music educators and emerging arts and arts ed practitioners in the field.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Education Through Music-Los Angeles forms long-term partnerships with inner-city elementary, middle and K-8 schools that lack sufficient resources for school-wide music education. We work with each principal to design an individualized program for each partner school with the following goals: support student learning in the arts and other academic areas; and build capacity among school and community members to sustain programs.

To accomplish these goals, Education Through Music-Los Angeles' activities focus on the following: 1) Music instruction for every child, that follows a skills-based, comprehensive and sequential curriculum, and supports cognitive thinking skills and content in other academic areas, 2) Ongoing, customized professional development services including: training and mentoring for music teachers, professional development for classroom teachers, and management guidance and leadership training for principals; 3) Ongoing assessment and evaluation; and 4) Outreach to parents and community.

In 2015-2016, the music program reached 20 partner schools and approximately 10,000 children across Los Angeles County.

ETM believes that: 1) All children benefit from having music as part of their regular studies; 2) Children benefit most when their music education features the same rigor as other academic subjects, specifically: high-quality teaching and professionalism among music faculty; strong leadership; a comprehensive and sequential curriculum; and accountability for student learning outcome; 3) School leaders and communities who are aware of the value of music education to their children will find a way to implement and institutionalize a well-balanced curriculum that includes music for all children.

We believe that every child deserves the right to music education in their classroom. We hope that one day all music teachers will be supported with relevant professional development to help them grow as educators and to support student development in multiple areas, and that every community will value music education as a necessary part of educating the whole child.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles has accomplished the following:
➢ In-School Music Education that provides weekly, yearlong high-quality music instruction for every child through a proven curriculum taught by talented music teachers, in 26 schools across Los Angeles County.
➢ Year-round Professional Development that includes (1) coaching and mentoring music teachers through workshops, and (2) training academic teachers on how to support interdisciplinary learning.
➢ Leadership training for principals on how to manage sustainable music programs.
➢ Increased parent and community engagement in the arts and education.
Through these objectives, we have accomplished the following goals:
➢ Improved student performance in and attitudes towards both the arts and school.
➢ Increased music teachers' effectiveness at teaching and improved their abilities to integrate the arts with the core curriculum.
➢ Improved students' performance across the curriculum, including math and reading skills.
➢ Increased school and community understanding of and support for arts education, and school efforts toward sustaining arts and music programs.
As a distinguished arts provider and leader for the Burbank, Compton, LA, and Pasadena Unified School Districts as well as parochial schools, ETM-LA provides music education for every child in its partnership schools. We have been invited to share our music education model and best practices with the USC Thornton School of Music, LA Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA), and LA's Best of the Mayor's Office. Recent accomplishments include:
➢ September 2017: ETM-LA began music instruction at 26 partner schools across Los Angeles County.
➢ March 14-15, 2018: Approximately 600 top students from partner schools perform in concert at the 8th Annual Music Unites the World Festival at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California.

Education Through Music-LA utilizes various tools such as year-end surveys, assessments, student essays, interviews, and meetings to measure the progress of our in-school music education program.

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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