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   |  www.etmla.org

Mission

ETM-LA provides music education as part of the core curriculum in under-resourced 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 our partner schools.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Ms. Victoria Lanier

Main address

2501 W. Burbank Blvd., Suite 301

Burbank, CA 91505 USA

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EIN

87-0776958

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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. We aim to accomplish the following: - Better core learning skills: children's music education has 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; 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Music Education

ETM-LA's cornerstone programs are its multi-year partnerships with Los Angeles County schools and professional development for teaching artists and academic staff. ETM-LA uses music to improve education by supporting students' learning in music and thus strengthening their learning ability in all areas. Partnering with school and community leaders, ETM-LA works to build long-term, sustainable music programs. In the 2020-21 school year, ETM-LA will serve approximately 19,000 children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged 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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged 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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Young adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Music Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Education Through Music-Los Angeles forms long-term partnerships with low-income area 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 which 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 2020-2021, the music program has expanded to reach 46 partner schools and approximately 19,000 children across Los Angeles County.

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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ETM-LA INC

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Booker White

Walt Disney Company


Board co-chair

Lisa Norton

Author / Retired Lawyer

Patrick Cole

Investor, theater and film; Former owner/producer of Playhouse Theatre, London's West End

Nancy Smith

Partner, Nossaman Law Firm's Infrastructure Practice Group

Jeff Scofield

Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Ingrid Burger

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

Tim Davies

Lola Debney

Debney Productions

John Dennis

Walt Disney Imagineering

Michael Gorfaine

The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Inc.

Gregory Gutierrez

Wells Fargo

Larry Kohorn

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Yukiko Kojima

Nossaman Law Firm's Infrastructure Practice Group

Christopher Lennertz

Blake Neely

Matthew White

Sidley Austin LLP's Financial Product Transactional Group

Austin Wintory

Ray Yee

BMI

Julianne Jordan

Format Entertainment

Lisa Norton

Author / Retired Lawyer

Victoria Lanier

Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Linda Mouradian

Music Educator, Cal State UIniversity Northridge

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/03/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.