May was Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. While we reflect on the celebration of AAPI students and partners, Education Through Music-LA encourages our communities to continue learning more each day about each other, through music and culture.

It was an honor to virtually journey to Japan with TAIKOPROJECT (The Music Center) during our 12th Annual Music Unites the World Festival. Inspired by TAIKOPROJECT's performance, ETM-LA Instructional Supervisor & Music Teacher Tiffiny Reckley used taiko drumming in her music lesson to learn about AAPI Heritage Month at ETM-LA partner school Oak Street Elementary.

Additionally, ETM-LA Music Teachers Dominick Mustacato and Westley Steele taught an uplifting Bollywood song and dance at ETM-LA partner school Rio Vista Elementary. The students were excited to perform their dance for friends and family to celebrate the month.

Thank you, TAIKOPROJECT (The Music Center), for the inspiring taiko drumming performance and lesson!
Spotlight on Joshua Murti
2022 Young Writer Essay Contest Winner

ETM-LA Student Joshua Murti won the Young Writer Award in our 12th Annual Music Unites the World Essay Contest. He shares the effect music has on the human body and for him personally.

"People may feel uneasy or stressed out at times, and studies have shown that music can severely reduce stress in the body," says Joshua.

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Additional Resources

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

"Educators and caregivers need to be intentional about creating space for the voices and stories of Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) because these communities are not often included in school curriculum, home libraries or children’s media.Read More

Nickelodeon celebrates AAPI heritage through food, music, dancing, art, and more.

"The LA vs Hate program is a community-driven approach to empower all residents of Los Angeles County to unite against, report, and resist hate." Read More

"United Against Hate Week is a great time to reflect on your own identity and learn more about the cultures of our community. Use this toolkit to get started." Read More

THANK YOU for helping to further equity and access for all children.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles' mission is to provide and
promote music as part of a well-rounded education for every child in under-resourced schools in order to enhance students' academic achievement, creativity, and overall development.

A contribution of any size makes a huge impact. ETM-LA invites you to explore more ways to give or get involved so that thousands of Los Angeles students don't miss a beat and can continue to thrive through music!