From everyone at Education Through Music-Los Angeles, we thank you for your deep commitment to furthering equity and access to quality music education in under-resourced schools. 

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent traumatic events have been devastating, including a significant decline in students’ mental well-being. According to the article, “Children’s mental health is in crisis” (American Psychological Association) 71% of parents say the pandemic had taken a toll on their child’s mental health.

5th Grader Odilia believes in the power of music. In her award-winning essay for ETM-LA’s 12th Annual Music Unites the World Festival, she writes: "Music can help you go through bad times while you are sad or just feeling can relate to special songs that motivate you." She notes that "when you’re motivated, you can overcome many challenges." Odilia’s mom recognizes the importance of music education. “[It] improves learning skills, communication, creativity, and more for Odilia and all students. Studying music helps grow a strong mindset full of positivity, respect, discipline, and intelligence.”
“[I] feel lucky to have a music class, and it makes me feel sad for those who don’t get to experience music.” - Odilia
Your support will help us continue closing the gap for under-resourced schools that remain deprived of yearlong music programs. Your support has helped ETM-LA achieve milestones this school year, including:

  • 95% of ETM-LA partner school teachers believe music education should be offered as part of the core curriculum (most recent external evaluation).
  • Teachers reported a 40% increase in student engagement at ETM-LA partner schools, compared to only 7% in other schools receiving no or intermittent music programming.
  • In April, ETM-LA & ETM National’s partnership with NBCUniversal & Illumination/Sing 2 won “Outstanding Collaboration Honoree” at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Nonprofit and Corporate Citizenship Awards.

THANK YOU for your support of our mission to ensure that children like Odilia have hope for a brighter future through music. We could not do this vital work without you! Help us Keep the Music Playing today.

With Gratitude,
Victoria Lanier, Executive Director
p.s. If you have already contributed to our Keep the Music Playing campaign this year, we thank you!!

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