In August, our dedicated teachers and local educators came together in person for Education Through Music-LA’s intensive week-long Summer Academy. Participants explored culturally responsive and diverse strategies for teaching music in under-resourced communities, best practices in classroom management, student engagement, curriculum design, and more.

Guest presenters Ethnomusicologist/ Composer Dr. Ric Alviso (Santa Monica College; California State University, Northridge) and Percussionist/ Rhythm Dancer/ Educator Keith Terry (UCLA; Founding Director, Crosspulse) led sessions along with ETM-LA’s program team.

ETM-LA is resolved in its mission to ensure that all children receive hope and dignity through equity and access to quality music education; we continue to deeply invest in historically marginalized communities. We are grateful to you for joining us in this life-changing work.
Check out these video reels from our Summer Academy highlighting the joy and unifying power of music. (Warning: Viewers may experience a natural impulse to move, dance, & drum along.)
Celebrating National HBCU Week
Pictured L to R: Tonya Hylton, Kimberly Johnson, Westley Steele, Renee Cannon, Tiffiny Reckley
The second week of September is National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Week in the U.S. This year’s HBCU Week Conference is focused on the subject “Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity” which deeply resonates with ETM-LA's mission.

In celebration of HBCU Week, we interviewed five ETM-LA Program Team members who are HBCU alumni representing five different universities - Grambling State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, and Xavier University of Louisiana. Our members share the impact and influence that attending an HBCU had on their development as a music educator.
Ben Makarchuk:
"Your Actions Really Do Matter"

ETM-LA caught up with Music Teacher Ben Makarchuk (pictured left, center): "I am in the field of music education because I believe that it has immense potential to enact positive change... When it comes to DEI [diversity, equity, and inclusion] work, growth can never stop because culture never stands still. The best way is by immersing yourself within..."
Warm Up for Music Class at Home

Don’t let music only happen in school - start prepping your students for music-making this schoolyear with these fun home music activities! You can also try this Mindful Music Warm Up that our music teachers use in their classrooms.
Help Our Music Classrooms Grow
Each contribution makes a huge impact on helping ETM-LA reach over 19,000 students across Los Angeles County with quality music education. ETM-LA invites you to explore more ways to give or get involved so that students don't miss a beat and can continue to thrive through music!

Additional Resources

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Learn more about how the Department of Education is partnering with HBCU leaders, representatives, students, and alumni to advance educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity. Read More

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Learn more about Proposition 28 on the California ballot to understand its effect on music & arts education throughout California. Learn More

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"September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month —a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. We use this month to shift public perception, spread hope and share vital information to people affected by suicide." Read More

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"Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more..." 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.